The Kairos Society is an international, student-run, not-for-profit foundation based in the United States founded by serial entrepreneur, Ankur Jain. Kairos brings together top students from around the world in an effort to foster the next generation of leaders to develop globally impactful innovations.
Kairos Fellows work alongside one another and with the guidance of the foremost leaders in various industries to address the most pressing conflicts of our times by means of entrepreneurship, diplomacy, and innovation. Kairos Fellows have already made strides toward finding meaningful and practical solutions regarding alternative energy, education, and healthcare. On a most fundamental level, all Kairos Fellows believe that through the sharing of ideas and collaboration with their peers they will be able to turn their visions into solutions.
The Kairos Society has hosted private global summits around the world that have brought together fellows from across the United States, China, India, the Middle East, Mexico, and Europe to join world leaders including Duncan Niederauer (CEO, NYSE), Admiral William Owens (Former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff), Peter Diamandis (Chairman, X-Prize Foundation), Phil Condit (Former CEO, Boeing), Ellen Kullman (CEO, Dupont), and others. The third global summit held in 2011 at the New York Stock Exchange, United Nations, and Rockefeller Estate brought 350 fellows with 150 leaders to find opportunities to create billion dollar ventures that tackle global challenges. Other recent summit included the World Foresight Forum in the Hague Netherlands and a China Summit in Hangzhou, China.
Kairos fellows hold the common belief that they will ultimately Do Well by Doing Good; this is to say that they believe in becoming financially successful in the pursuit of improving the quality of life on a large scale. Ultimately, Kairos exists to foster and connect young people as they pursue their entrepreneurial goals and to spark initiatives that create global, lasting, and game-changing impact through cooperation, collaboration, and action.
What prominent leaders have said about the Kairos Society
“In previous times college entrepreneurship was confined to campus borders and most entrepreneurs were confined to national borders, but Kairos transcends these boundaries because, in our interdependent world, there are no borders when it comes to the pressing issues that we face.” – William J. Clinton, 42nd President of the United States
“I’m impressed by the fact that Kairos has brought you together from around the world to share your ideas and to join with one another to tackle some of the daunting problems facing our society.” – William H. Gates Sr, Co-Chair of the Gates Foundation