Hari Stephen Kumar is a visioncaster, storycrafter, and catalyst of possibilities.
Hari brings over 15 years of expertise in communication and educational design for inclusion and social transformation in both corporate and academic environments. His composite career blends his expertise in both STEM and the humanities for the purpose of catalyzing learning in individuals and in organizations.
Hari’s routes and roots include India, Yemen, Egypt, Arizona, and 21 consecutive winters in Massachusetts. Since 2006 Hari has worked with trainers and teachers on inclusive, transgressive, and transformative approaches to learning. He has served as an engineer and trainer at MathWorks, as an instructor and pedagogical consultant at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, as Director of Instructional Design at Amherst College, and as Director of Educational Development at Springfield Technical Community College. In 2018 Hari rejoined MathWorks, which he sees as his ‘alma mater’, to serve on their worldwide sales learning and development team. The common thread through all these roles is his passion for motivating people to relentlessly pursue life-long learning and growth.
Hari is also an active scholar-storyteller of cultural issues, specializing in crafting richly layered multimedia performances that engage and empower audiences on issues of race, politics, religion, gender, and mass media. He is also an expert on emerging and innovative pedagogies for 21st century learning, with a focus on inclusive teaching and on growth through failure.
Hari earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering in 2000, with a focus on signal processing and pattern recognition. He earned his Master of Arts in Communication in 2011, with a focus on performance studies and cultural politics. When he’s not designing or performing, Hari enjoys road cycling, performance driving, tennis, and chess. He has a particular heart for fellow failures, change agents, misfits and wonderers/wanderers.