Born in 2005, Apoorva is a Gen Z, innovation, and diversity of thinking speaker who is helping organizations make sure they are future-ready.
She is a young published researcher, writer, and artist fast becoming the voice of Gen Z. Since Apoorva was 13, she has spoken to over 100,000 people at international conferences, partnering with multi-billion dollar companies like Microsoft, Ebay, Cisco, and Walmart. She is recognized as a Global Child Prodigy, World Science Scholar, Diana Award Winner, and more. Today, Apoorva helps leaders be at the forefront of the future of work, innovation, and creation for Gen Z.
Apoorva started taking college classes at age 11, and has since completed upper-division and graduate-level mathematics courses. She has worked with world-renowned mathematicians in her fields of interest, and has co-authored seven papers, four of which are published in peer-reviewed journals.
After her performance in the NBC National TV show Genius Junior hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Apoorva became a viral sensation across social media. Nicknamed the "Human Calculator", she has received several worldwide recognitions and has been named a Davidson Fellows Laureate, Global Child Prodigy, and World Science Scholar, one among a select few internationally.
When she was 12, Apoorva founded her own art gallery as an online platform to share her artwork and raise funds for charity and social reform. Her story and work has been featured on Artists for Peace, Stone Soup, and Ellen & Cheerio's “One Million Acts of Good.” She is the grand prize winner of the NASA Langley Research Center’s Centennial Student Art Contest, as well as a winner of the Diana Award and recipient of 6 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards. She has helped raise more than $50,000 to support children around the world by using her gifts in math and art to give back.
Apoorva is the creator of the award-winning column Gems in STEM, which welcomes all audiences to STEM in an accessible and light-hearted way. Through published newspapers and Medium, she reaches over 75,000 people with her articles and won the 2021 Strogatz Prize for Math Communication due to her column's considerable global impact.
As the Chief STEAM Advisor of the Girls Leadership Academy Meetup, an organization that brings women tech leaders together to inspire girls in tech and business, Apoorva has personally mentored over 1,000 girls aged 8-12 from various socioeconomic backgrounds, guiding them through their innovation regarding climate change, support for disabled communities, saving wildlife, and more. Apoorva has positively impacted girls all over the world, including in Romania, Israel, Kenya, UK, South Africa, India, Poland, the Philipines, to name a few.
In her spare time, Apoorva enjoys playing the violin, practicing kung fu, reading classics, and running many many miles! (She is currently training for a marathon.)
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