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Suneel Gupta

Best-selling author, successful entrepreneur and start-up investor, American Express business host, and expert on “The Grit Trap”
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As a bestselling author, Suneel studies the world’s highest performers at their lowest moments, turning their stories of resilience into practical playbooks for leaders and companies around the globe.

Suneel is the author of Backable: The Surprising Truth Behind What Makes People Take a Chance on You and is currently writing a new book with HarperCollins showing how great leaders reach new levels of perseverance.

In 2021, Suneel was cast as Host of a global documentary series sponsored by American Express called Business Class. In the show, Suneel serves as an ‘Anthony Bourdain for Business', showcasing on-the-ground business stories of creativity, struggle, and sacrifice. 

Along with his brother, Dr. Sanjay Gupta (CNN), Suneel created and produced an award-winning documentary called the Kahani Movement. Rooted in their mother’s refugee story, the film became an official selection at “South by Southwest”.

While Suneel instructs at Harvard University, he puts everything he teaches through the scrutiny of his own first-hand experience, which includes both wins and losses. He was featured by the New York Times as being someone who’s willing to “wear failure on his sleeve”. Author Simon Sinek says, “There are only a few people in the world who have made a success out of failing. Suneel Gupta is one of them.”

One of Suneel’s breakout hits was RISE, a mobile health startup that lowered the cost of preventative care. RISE was named the App of the Year by Apple and partnered with Michelle Obama to reach food-insecure homes. While Suneel served as CEO, the New York Stock Exchange named him “The New Face of Innovation.”

Suneel is a backer of some of the world’s most exciting companies, including Airbnb, 23&Me and SpaceX. He was also one of the first investors in CALM, which now helps millions of Americans find balance each day, and features meditations from Lebron James, Ariana Grande, and Matthew McConaughey.

Suneel takes his audiences on a global journey. He has studied wellbeing in cultures around the world and currently serves as an Emissary for “Gross National Happiness” between the United States and the Kingdom of Bhutan.

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