Political Leaders 2007 Profile: Vivek Kundra

Oct 31 2007 - 11:11am


Name:  Vivek Kundra
Age: 32
Born: I was born in New Delhi , India.  I moved to Tanzania at the age of one and lived there until I moved to Gaithersburg, MD at the age of 11.
Current Digs: Washington , DC
Occupation: Chief Technology Officer, Washington, DC
Favorite part about the job:  The ability affect public policy in a substantive way
First job ever?  Worked as a telemarketer
Favorite book?  Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Favorite movie?  Sholay
Must-see TV?  24, Law and Order, Three's Company, Meet the Press
Comfort food?  Plums
What's in your car CD player right now?  Hotel Costes
Next journey?  Sydney, Australia
Last gift you received?  A mug that my six-year-old niece in California made for me
Whom do you admire and why?  Mahatma Gandhi - he held no formal office, title, or property, yet was one of the most potent political forces in the last century
Best advice you ever got?  Free yourself to do the right thing
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why?  Bill Gates.  In 30 years he not only created a whole new industry, but is transforming public health and education.  From global health to education he is successfully tackling some of the world's toughest problems!
One thing most people might be surprised to learn about you?  My first language was Swahili; I moved to the US in 1985 and took ESL until 9th grade.
Ambition, political or otherwise?  To affect change as a public servant