Friday, February 11, 2011

Meet Navneet Singh Narula

Navneet Singh Narula
       Chief Brilliance Officer, nBrilliance 
Cell: 404.915.2300

Navneet is an award winning social entrepreneur, global development leader and a humanitarian. He is the Chief Brilliance officer at nBrilliance Innovations where he focuses on managing change and leading innovation to help his clients deliver high performance. 

Formerly, he was a top management executive at Accenture; where he focused on mergers and acquisitions for Wall Street clients and Fortune 500 companies. He was honored by Consulting Magazine as “Top 30 Consultants in America”, recognized by Hillary Clinton as “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” and selected “Best Finance Executives” at American Business Awards. 

He is also the Chief Leadership Officer at United Sikhs, a global UN mandated humanitarian relief NGO, where he has dedicated many months on site searching and rescuing people, bagging dead bodies, starting relief shelters, living in tents and serving victims of Tsunami in Asia, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Asian earthquake in Kashmir and Pakistan, Haiti earthquake and the recent Japan Tsunami last year.

He has led humanitarian projects across the world totaling over $USD 500 million dollars. For his global community service, he was honored as “Humanitarian of the Year” by MIB foundation and is the first Sikh to have been honored by President Obama for Presidential Volunteer Service Award

His current vision includes implementing a “Global Impact Campaign” that will activate 1 million citizens to volunteer in Human Rights causes and Human Development projects in their own communities.

Narula is on the founding Board of Directors of Asian American Legal Advocacy Center (AALAC), the first non-profit law center supporting Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Asian-ethnic refugees in the Southeast to protect and promote the civil, social and economic rights through public policy, community organizing, legal work and leadership development. 

Has been named as ‘Top 40 Progressive Leaders in America’ in 2010 by New Leaders Council, honored by Atlanta Business Chronicle as ‘Top Up & Comers’ in 2007, Georgia Trend’s "40 under 40" and named “Outstanding Atlanta” honoree of the year. 

Navneet has been looked up to help in global development and create innovative solutions for world’s most pressing issues and been selected as prestigious American Marshall Memorial Fellow, Asia21 Fellow, Aspen Institute Fellow, New Leaders Council Fellow, Fuse Corps Fellow and Starting Bloc Fellow

As the Founder of EMPOWER Punjab; he is in works to launch an innovative social enterprise that empowers hundreds of women in rural India to lift themselves out of poverty, many of whom cope with HIV/AIDS; suffer from psychological trauma; have little formal education; care for several children and are the sole providers for their households.

Narula has been invited to White House on numerous occasions discussing civil liberty, human rights and community advocacy issues. He meets with US senators frequently to bridge gaps between law makers and local citizens in policy making initiatives. 

For his community service, Narula was awarded Community Change Visionary award, recognized with Seva Leadership Award by Sikh Centennial foundation, won Guru Nanak Benediction Award in New York and awarded the first Corporate Citizenship Volunteer of the Year by Accenture.

 As a global leadership expert, he is invited frequently to give keynote speeches and inspired thousands including speaking at UN Forums, World Bank, German Marshall Fund, UC Berkley, Emory, Michigan State University, Home Depot, Accenture, UPS, NAAAP, United Way & many more. He has been profiled in major newspapers and appeared on major media such as - CNN, CBS, NBC, Omni TV, Forbes etc

Navneet graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business and has Global Executive MBA from Georgetown University and studied foreign policy and international development at Walsh School of Foreign Service, graduated from University of Georgia’s Fanning Institute of Leadership, graduated from Cornell University’s Executive Program on Diversity Management and studied at ESADE School of Business and Michigan State University. 

Navneet is a former internationally ranked tennis player and played NCAA Division 1 tennis at Michigan State University, where he also sits as Board of Directors.  He has traveled to over 87 countries and speaks 5 languages.

Some of his global accomplishments are: 

·            Selected by the premier Consulting magazine, as Top 30 Consultants in America 2008.
·            Selected as Top 40 Progressive American Leaders by New Leaders Council, in 2011
·            Selected by German Marshall Fund as the  “American Marshall Memorial Fellow” 2008
·            Recognized as Best MIS & IT Executive at International Business Awards 2007
·            Humbled with the Humanitarian of the Year Award 2006 by Minorities in Business Foundation.
·            Honored by Secy of State, Hillary Clinton as Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business 2006
·            Chosen as the Global Leadership Fellow for the Asia Pacific Leadership Program 2009
·            Recognized by Georgia Trend as Top 40 Under 40 - Best and Brightest Leaders in America 2008.
·            Selected to Asia Society’s Prestigious Asia 21 “Young Leaders Initiative” 2008 at Tokyo
·            Selected as “Outstanding Atlantan” of the year 2008 – Atlanta’s Top Community Honor 
·            Honored as Atlanta’s Journal Constitution's "Top Up & Comers" 2007 
·            First & only person to be selected on all lists of Georgia's Top Leaders
·            Selected to Leadership Georgia - to build policies with elected officials and top businessmen
·            Selected to Leadership Atlanta - country’s longest running community leadership program 2009
·            At the age of just 29, he was the youngest Leader to be selected to Leadership Atlanta Program 
·            Awarded Community Change Visionary award for building a stronger South Asian Community
·            Selected as the Best Finance Executive 2007 in New York, at the American Business Awards
·            Recognized by Apex Society as Power 30 Award 2008 – America’s top thirty young leaders
·            Honored Seva Leadership Award 2007 by Prime Minister of Canada at Centennial Foundation
·            Honored with Michigan State University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award 2007
·            Won Accenture’s top honor - Corporate Citizenship - Volunteer Service Award winner
·            Honored with Guru Nanak Benediction Award for exemplary humanitarian services

Below are a few of the organizations where he has advised and currently serves:

·                     National Board of Directors – Eli Broad School of Business, Michigan State University 
·                     Global Board of Trustees -  The Global Diversity Network 
·                     Board of Directors – The National Center for Global Engagement
·                     Board of Directors – People to People International Atlanta
·                     Elected Stakeholder  - at Connect Atlanta World Transportation Plan
·                     Board of Directors –The Civic League for Regional Atlanta  
·                     Board of Directors – National Association of Asian American Professionals (Atlanta) 
·                     Board of Directors  - MSU Alumni Club of Atlanta
·                     Board of Advisors  – The Giving Tree – help foster kids who have suffered abuse.
·                     Advisor & Innovation Consultant – Points of Light Institute – 
·                     Asian American Advisory Council  - United Way
·                     Executive Advisor – Network of Indian Professionals  -
·                     Member – United Nations – Young Professionals for International Cooperation (YPIC)