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Sushant Shrestha09-06-22 Radical Transformational Leadership: What does this imply? Guest Hosts Kirsten Gallo and Sudarshan Rodriguez Guest Sushant Shrestha

Sushant Shrestha is a venture capital investor with a track record of successful exits in the Artificial Intelligence, Smart Materials, and Blockchain space. He is a graduate of the Social Finance Programme at Saïd Business School, Oxford University, researching innovative fund structure and financing strategies. He is a member of the Forbes Business Council, an invite-only network of successful business executives. He engages transdisciplinary and transformational frameworks for innovation in finance, portfolio management, and industry evaluation. His research and analysis have generated over 20M+ in growth capital for his portfolio companies.

He is a Founding Partner at Conscious Full-Spectrum Finance Institute, bringing whole system transformation to social finance. He is a Founder and Managing Partner at Humanitas Smart Planet Systems, a venture capital firm investing in climate tech and social tech. He is an adjunct faculty at National University, California, and teaches leadership and sustainable change courses. Currently, he engages in different countries as a venture catalyst and an advisor to startups and growth companies.

Previously, Sushant served as a Finance Director for startups in three countries and worked as a Research Consultant for National Park Services. He has worked in Peru, Nepal, and India. His educational training and degrees are in Finance, Management, and Integral Psychology, with a professional background in management consulting, business systems analysis, sustainable finance, and organizational analysis. He is passionate about scaling transformative technologies globally to meet the challenges of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


Kirsten Gallo served as the head of the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Division. She held a variety of positions in the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service conducting natural resource monitoring and stewardship of public lands. She holds a doctorate degree in Ecology and has dedicated her career to conserving natural resources and demonstrating interdependence between humans and our environment. She began applying RTL tools and techniques in 2009 and created platforms for leadership in five federal government agencies and NGOs. Kirsten is now working to make RTL a global movement as she works in the fields of the environment, leadership, and finance. Specifically, she’s working to remove chemicals from our food systems and return to regenerative agricultural techniques to support the wellbeing of people and the planet.


Sudarshan Rodriguez is a development professional with experience in disaster management, environmental sciences, environmental economics, policy, and environmental law. He has worked with Dr. Monica Sharma as an RTL practitioner coach since 2010.

After 22 years in the development sector with a variety of organizations, including the United Nations, grassroots organizations, policy think tanks, civil society and academia, he dove into the adventure of setting up the next generation development consultancy and social purpose enterprise called “RTLWorks”. Before founding RTLWorks, he was the Programme Director at Mahatma Gandhi Academy of Human Development, heading a center of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai located in Nagaland, India focusing on Livelihoods and Social Entrepreneurship.

He also delivers and implements Radical Transformational Leaderships ‘learning-in-action-programs’ for business and non-profit organizations on different aspects of leadership development for sustainable change.

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