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Kevin Liu

Toronto, ON

Kevin Liu is the Executive Director of Earthshot Research Institute. The ERI is a Canadian non-profit research organization (think-tank) dedicated to eradicating global human suffering to create prosperity for all. His mission? Build utopia. Impact billions. Unlock human potential. Kevin is the author of "Activating Earthshots: Playbook to Solve the World's Biggest Problems" with New Degree Press scheduled to launch in late 2023. As an Alumnus of The Knowledge Society, Kevin has led & worked on challenges with organizations such as Instacart, United Nations, BenchSci, Shell & CAE, focusing on leveraging emerging technologies for strategic foresight and solving problems incentivized by economics. In the past, Kevin has worked as a Machine Learning Specialist at Actionable, Extended Reality Intern at MetaVRse, UI/UX Engineer at Take Back Perfect, and Innovation Partnerships Intern at Interac. In his spare time, you can find Kevin playing classical piano, cold plunging, traveling the world, scheming on his 96" whiteboard, and training for an Ironman., Earthshot Research Institute identified the root causes to the world’s top 50+ problems, with problem profiles covering 195 countries; helping ambitious people from all walks of life understand ripe opportunities for disruption, innovation & impact to help the underserved.

About this Project

Communities Served

My project will involve and/or impact the following communities:

  • Racial or visible minorities
  • At risk youth & children
  • Refugees & newcomers
  • Senior citizens
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Indigenous Peoples

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

When it comes to community impact projects, the UN has created 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These are the Sustainable Development Goals associated with my project.

  • SDG 1: No poverty
  • SDG 2: Zero hunger
  • SDG 3: Good health and Well-being
  • SDG 5: Gender equality
  • SDG 4: Quality education
  • SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
  • SDG 9: Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • SDG 10: Reduced inequalities
  • SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13: Climate action
  • SDG 14: Life below water
  • SDG 16: Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  • SDG 15: Life on land
  • SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

How the project works @ Earthshot Research Institute leveraged McKinsey-style consulting frameworks to build actionable problem profiles breaking down humanitarian problems that affect the underserved and overlooked, most notably the bottom billion. The Earthshot Research Institute launched project, and will continue to develop it in stages and will run until all of the UN SDGs are achieved.

Project Impact

This is a long term initiative and our true metrics of success are measured in countries elevated, lives saved, companies built, jobs created and students invigorated. In terms of this phase of the project, we were able create a tool to engage millions of impact-driven individuals on how they can make a difference, align stakeholders through our Partner Networks (Contributors, Corporate, Institutions, Academic, Governmental, Industry, Finance) and leverage collective resources to do the most good possible. End users of the website now have access to more curated and deeper insights, data, evidence and research findings which they can use to guide decision making to increase capital effectiveness, identify what new solutions need to be built and have commenced developments of such.

Project Mission

Our mission? Build utopia from dystopia. We're 62 years behind hitting UN SDG's. Only 6 countries graduated the UN Least Developed Countries (LDC) group with 46 remaining. Millions remain in extreme poverty, lack clean drinking water & sanitation, access to healthcare, clean energy, and affordable housing. Our goal? Eradicate global human suffering and create prosperity for all.

Project Team

Our team is hungry. They've run startups, interned & consulted for Fortune 500's, and spoken on global stages.