Born and raised in London, Jay was a shy, introverted young
boy who always strived to make a positive difference. As a child he was bullied
for being overweight and a little nerdy but he never let these experiences
affect him. Like any teenager, Jay spent most of those years experimenting with
what the world had to offer. Tired of being simply “good”.
Jay’s thrill seeking ventures saw him get suspended from
school on multiple occasions as he tried to find his identity. He lost two of
his best friends when he was 16, one in a car accident and the other due to
gang violence. These tragic events really made him reflect on what a blessing
life is and he felt the need to find deeper purpose and meaning.
After meeting a monk when he was 18, Jay started redefining
success for himself. He now wanted a life of service, impact and passion as
opposed to money, fame and power. After graduating with a 1st class BSc
(Hons) Degree in Behavioral Science from Cass Business School, inspired to make
a difference in the world, at 22 he went to live as a monk across India and
Europe. He traded his suits for robes, shaved his head and lived out of a gym
locker for 3 years.
Jay meditated for 4-8 hours a day and experimented with
various no water and food fasts to train the mind. Often practicing meditation
in extreme environments (hot and cold), he learnt ancient practices of breath
and mind control. He studied the timeless philosophies and sciences of the
east in great depth, focusing on seeing connections and messages for the modern
world. Half the day was spent on personal growth and the other on help
others. This included everything from personal and collective meditation, study
and reflection to teaching and philanthropy. For 3 years, Jay helped build
sustainable villages, food programs distributing over 1 million meals per day
and coached millennials across the world about consciousness, wellbeing and
Jay moved back in with his parents in London with no money
to his name. Having committed career suicide he spent 9 months just updating
himself on the world. Jay’s friends from business school began inviting him to
speak at their companies as they were undergoing high amounts of pressure and
Arianna Huffington invited Jay to be the Host of
HuffPost Lifestyle in New York. Jay moved to New York in September
2016. Jay moved on from HuffPost to create his own viral video agency and
grow his brand. He now works with the biggest brands in the world. He has
been invited to keynote at leading companies including Google, L’Oreal and
Facebook etc. In 2016 he won the ITV Asian Media Award for Best Blog and came 3rd in
the Guardian Rising Star Award in 2015.
Dr Graeme Codrington
Expert on the new world of Work & Multigenerational Workplaces
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.