In the aid and development world, Ravi designed and led innovative transformational approaches and methodologies for a wide range of applications: building capacity, strengthening institutions, enhancing leadership skills, building partnerships and alliances, and training of trainers (TOT) at public hospitals in South Asia. His methodologies have proven successful in several countries working with such clients as UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, and DFID. Ravi is considered to be the primary force in spreading Appreciative Inquiry in Nepal, and continues to develop trainers there, as well.He also helped design and subsequently conduct the Leadership for HIV/AIDS programs for the UNDP in several countries.
During the 90's, in South Asia, Ravi introduced several innovative leadership and organizational effectiveness programs based on a combination of Appreciative Inquiry and commitment/promise based management principles in government run hospitals. Nearly 1500 individuals have participated in his various programs in several countries. In 2015, Ravi introduced mindfulness based EQ and leadership programs for the Nepal Police Academy.
In the U.S., he trained under notable innovators such as Fernando Flores, who is known for his work in the area of language and commitment, or promise-based management; Professor David Cooperrider of Case Western University, co-creator of Appreciative Inquiry, a strength based management approach; The Hay Group (USA), a leading HR company in emotional intelligence; and the Landmark Forum group (USA) pioneers in personal change and transformation.
Ravi was educated by American Jesuits in Kathmandu and went to complete his MBA at Delhi University in India. Throughout his life, Ravi has thrived living and working at several intersections: business and social development; East and West; and Buddhism and modern management.
Starting in 1981, he began to study and practice meditation under Buddhist masters. Mindfulness is considered to be the foundation for all Buddhist meditative practice, and he has completed nearly 20 retreats with these masters. In 2015, he completed teacher-training programs under Mindful Schools in the U.S., Mindfulness in Schools Project in the UK, and Mindfulness Without Borders in Canada. Since 2015, he began training students and school teachers in a mindfulness based emotional skills or EQ, starting in Nepal and Vietnam.
Several of his essays have been published in Nepali papers, including: "Social and Emotional Learning," "Know-how is Embodied," "Popular Brain Myths," "The Jagir Culture in Nepali State Organizations," "Chakari, Karma, and Ke Garne," and "An Introduction to Mindfulness." The Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner published an article based on his work in hospitals, titled "The Transformative Power of Appreciative Conversations." His work is also included in the book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit by Ludema, Whitney, et al. Written ten years ago for the UNDP/HIV AIDS global program, his paper, "Why is soft so hard?" represents his thinking on change management.
More recently, two of his essays were published in the Denmark based magazine: "Mindfulness – Growing Pains" and "Hacking the self. (www.levekunst.com)
He is recently widowed and has two grown children in the US. Now based in Bangkok, he travels in the region to introduce an education of the "heart-mind" into schools, colleges and other organizations.