Ritankar Das is a California native who completed a double major in bioengineering and chemical biology from UC Berkeley in three years. He became the youngest student in at least a century to be named the year's top graduating senior. An Academic Senator at Berkeley, Das helped manage a $1.7 Billion budget and founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal. Lauded by the Smithsonian as a future Nobel Laureate, Das began scientific research at the age of 12, and has won over a dozen top scientific awards. He has also earned over 30 other awards totaling more than $400,000 including the prestigious Goldwater, Udall and Pearson awards. He has been featured in over 100 media outlets worldwide and will appear in an upcomingNational Geographic documentary.
A current Whitaker Fellow at the University of Oxford in England and an inductee into the prestigious Berkeley Wall of Fame, Das founded See Your Future, an education NGO that reaches 75 million people worldwide. He is currently authoring a book on education reform and is a celebrity partner for the U.N. World Food Program.