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Dr. Kiran Shiva Akal

CEO and Founder, SMAKS Luxury Group
Trinidad and Tobago

Kiran Shiva Akal is the CEO and Founder of SMAKS Luxury Group in Trinidad and Tobago. Kiran is a tea maker and the creator of the world’s first Chai Rum. He is the owner and creative director of Infinite Worlds Inc and a writer and artist signed to Warner music. He currently leads a US-based team developing affordable 360° immersive theatre software and also serves as creative consultant to his Trinidad-based family business which he has transformed in record time from a business model of import and retail into a model of innovation and export. Kiran’s past clients have included the governments of France (Visual Consultant, Bastille day celebrations, 1990); the Kingdom of Spain (Commissioner-General, the World’s Fair in Seville, 1990-92); Art Basel; Art Miami; Warner Music; the Bacardi Group; Maskinhuset, Sweden and Walt Disney. His work spans art, music, architecture, content development and engineered architecture. Kiran has been a keynote speaker at Pecha Kucha Miami; Art Miami; Art Asia; The Commonwealth Heads of Government and TedX Port Of Spain. He is arguably the youngest person to ever be appointed as a Commissioner General to a World’s fair and owns the only known copyright on the reworking of a Mozart piece of Music which he composed under Warner Music London. Kiran was listed as one of the 100 most influential creative thinkers in the State of Florida (Florida International Design Magazine 2010) he was also awarded the Design Center of the Americas “Star of Design” award in 2012 for visual design. Kiran read medicine in the Republic of Ireland after winning a Cambridge A-level scholarship in Trinidad and Tobago.