Trustee Profile: Kush Kanodia, MBA

Profile photo of Kush Kanodia, smiling facing the cameraKush, a champion for equality and inclusion, was recently selected in the top 10 most influential BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) Leaders in technology at Parliament in 2018. He has a lived experience of disability since childhood and passionately believes that accessible technology can significantly improve the quality of life for disabled people.

Kush is social entrepreneur, who has developed a portfolio career helping several charities, social enterprises and non-profit organisations, with a focus upon disability, technology and healthcare. He was recently appointed on the inaugural public advisory board of Health Data Research UK, the new national institute for health data science in 2019. Kush also advises the world first Museum of Happiness, a non-profit social enterprise, on how to tackle one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, depression (WHO). In 2018, selected by Facebook on their first ever Global Communities Fellowship Programme as one of the top 100 global changemakers.

Moreover, Kush is also an advisor to the world’s first Global Disability Innovation Hub, founded in 2017. The partnership is led by the University College London and is part of the legacy of the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The GDI Hub is leading a £10 million fast-start global programme called AT (Assistive Technology) 2030 which is funded by the Department for International Development. Kush is an Ambassador for Disability Rights UK and a Director at the Centre for Accessible Football in Europe. He is also a Patient Governor of Chelsea Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and is only able to walk today due to assistive technology.

Kush has an MBA with distinction from Kent Business School and had the honour of being a Torch Bearer for the Paralympic games in London 2012.

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