- DATE & TIME: 02-January-2019 Wednesday, 7:00 PM
- WHERE: FCC Auditorium
- Rahul Siddhartha Kiss is a young teenager of Indo-German-Hungarian-American heritage. Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Rahul founded "Global Thought Inc.", a platform for voices and conversations that must be heard, yet are not getting adequate attention, for two age-old yet contemporary challenges, with potential to impact lives of millions: Inclusion of diversity and Reduction of economic disparity.
Rahul, twice Junior Olympian in water polo and semi-finalist for Siemens award in Science, believesone is never too young to learn from history, or from those that are striving to make world a better place.
In his article on "Make America Great Again", included in a White House event last year, Rahul suggests an optimal path forward is respecting one's own nation while learning from and respecting other nations too, as exemplified by Dr Martin Luther King and Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.
Global Thought Inc. is taking its platform global, from USA, to India, Europe and rest of the world, as Rahul sees it as an initiative for inter-generational, thoughtful dialogue critical for ensuring that history is not repeated. He wants to bring out stories that are fast disappearing with passing away of protagonists, preserve valuable stories for his peers and future generations. Neither generation millennials' preferred mode of communication texting nor the angry dialogue of their adults would be able to disrupt the status quo.
Rahul's Hungarian heritage led him to reach Dr. Springer, a Stanford professor, a refugee from the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. Together, they created "Budapest to Stanford", presentation for Rahul's peers. Rahul reached Congresswoman Sewell as Selma March of Dr. King inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's salt march, took place in her district. She too has been very supportive of his quest.
Rahul wants to bring greater focus on India's peaceful acceptance of diverse array of refugees seeking shelter, including Zoroastrians and Jews. The absence of any history of antisemitism in India also provides valuable lessons. He interviewed descendants of these communities in Kolkata to extend conversations he began with their American counterparts. As a student of the private Jesuit High School, Bellarmine, with motto, Men for and with Others, Rahul visited the Jesuit community in Kolkata, focusing on their reducing economic gap.
Rahul's own family has provided a diverse spectrum of learnings. His great-grand father, Dr. Mehray, dedicated his life to under-privileged by building the Sitapur Eye Hospital in Uttar Pradesh in 1926 which to this day is true to its mission.
Rahul's great grandmother Magdalena Braun suffered many tribulations in Europe, but prevailed due to her indomitable spirit. Rahul's mother, Dr. Nandini Tandon, is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in Silicon Valley, committed to next-gen healthcare for entirety of social pyramid. His father Zoltan Kiss is of German-Hungarian ancestry, did research in EE at Stanford University, and is working with smart grids.
Rahul flew half way across the world, from world's tech capital to India, to have an old-fashioned, face to face,intergenerational conversation. He is very excited that the company he has launched has the potential through meaningful dialog to impact millions of lives globally.