Amil Khanzada

Country representing

Japan

Languages

English
Japanese

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science

Current organisation

Eiheiji Town, Fukui

Current role

Evolution Ambassador

Skills and Expertise

Data analysis
Information technology
Nutrition
Software development
Teaching and training

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Environment
Health
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Some time ago, I decided that the purpose of my life was to contribute at my highest capacity to society with the gifts given to me and that is what I am most passionate about. I must make only the best choices at each point in my life (although easier said than done). This way of thinking has allowed me to live my best life and also affect everybody around me in a positive way! Admittedly, the best way I can help others is constantly changing, depending on the people around me, the new skills or resources I acquire, and the opportunities presented to me. I also love meeting new people, talking, and studying their lifestyles. Any country I go, you'll find me engaging in daily life with locals, be it grocery shopping, home cooking, or festivals! Another major area I focus on is personal development. Every day, I am trying to learn something and become a better person. More humble, kinder, healthier, etc. I am always looking for the best in people, having many mentors and teachers, integrating the best of what they know into myself. This investment in my character is something that can never be taken away, not tied to money or resources... an investment that can be applied as long as I am human and anywhere in the world! Health (food, sleep, exercise, environment, mindset) is another key area I am passionate about, having studied nutrition, Yoga, several Martial Arts, acupressure, Chi Kung, and open to more! Finally, I must say that I do love my profession in computer software! Solving complicated problems with simple, creative solutions, pair programming in a team environment, open source, fail fast, agile… these all really light me up!

Actions

Right now, my main focus is on starting a new movement called ZenIT, which aims to solve several major issues in Japan (overtime work, urbanization, non-global mindset, aging population, cultural loss), but have big dreams to transform the entire global IT work culture to be more focused on inner peace. ZenIT combines the cutting-edge technology of Silicon Valley with the highly-developed, ancient practices of Zen and meditation. For this venture, I have the full support of Eiheiji town, the happiest region of Japan and the “headquarters” of Soto Zen (15,000 temples worldwide). It is a not-for-profit movement and we also regularly run workshops for kids! Prior to this, I made the below positive impacts in the Silicon Valley, my hometown: 1. Teaching Yoga and Martial Arts sessions every day for almost a year to my coworkers, friends, and mom as a healing pathway for significant health issues. 2. Giving several presentations to dozens to hundreds of my coworkers regarding nutrition, health, and life philosophy, as well as bridging the communication/culture gaps between the China and US offices with presentations. 3. Sharing with my friends and family several documents and a short book about my journey in personal development.