As a Kriya Lightning facilitator, academic, and teacher and speaker on meditation for over 10 years, Keith has long had a passion for supporting the educational and emotional growth of others.
After attending high school at St. Paul’s School in the US, Keith spent a year working at the King’s Academy in Jordan, the first coeducational boarding school in the Middle East, where he did volunteer work with a wide array of individuals, including young Iraqi refugees living in a refugee camp in Jordan. Keith then received his M.A. in Economics from the University of Edinburgh. He then turned down an opportunity to work in finance, instead moving to Indonesia to work for the Putera Sampoerna Foundation, a social organization dedicated to supporting financially disadvantaged students throughout Indonesia.
Having meditated on a daily basis, Keith continued with his higher education, pursuing a second master’s degree at Columbia University. In 2020, he received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Spirituality & Mind Body Practices, the first program of its kind in the Ivy League. He wrote his Master’s thesis largely about his experiences with the Kriya Lightning Foundation, drawing parallels between the foundation’s teachings and those of individuals such as Eckhart Tolle, Steve Jobs, and Mahatma Gandhi. Columbia awarded the dissertation a “distinction in research and creative work [for its] extraordinary quality”.
Keith has taught or guest lectured on the topic of meditation at three universities (Columbia University, Montclaire State University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University), and three boarding schools in Indonesia. He also holds certificates in Breath of Bliss breathwork meditation, Singing Bowl Meditation, and Reiki level 1 & 2. In his free time, Keith enjoys reading and writing fantasy fiction, basketball, kirtan and ecstatic dance.