About the Event
Kohl Gill, PhD (BS ’98)
Physics, Policy and Phones
From the Bench to a Startup
Join us for an engaging conversation with Kohl Gill (BS ’98 Caltech, PhD UCSB). A quantum physicist turned social entrepreneur, Gill founded the global social startup LaborVoices in 2010 after observing patterns of opaque supply chains, avoidable labor issues and high mobile phone penetration while working in several south Asian countries as an international labor affairs officer. Prior to LaborVoices, he was a corporate social responsibility officer with the U.S. Department of State, a senior policy analyst with the U.S. Department of Energy, and a transparency and anti-corruption fellow with Indicorps in the slums of Delhi, India.
LaborVoices uses crowdsourcing to gather supply chain intelligence, deploying a “TripAdvisor for Workers” in factories and farms around the world. He has led LaborVoices to reach over 10,000 workers in 11 countries on four continents, and many honors and awards including: Ashoka Fellow; the Purpose Economy Asia 100; Echoing Green Fellow; and the Clinton Global Initiative.
As part of its ongoing work, LaborVoices worked with a multinational agricultural brand to monitor conditions for migrant farm workers in Argentina.
One of the most common questions Gill is asked is, “How did you get into this work?” Gill's path goes 22 years back to Ricketts House at Caltech, and passes through the slums of Delhi and Washington’s corridors of power. Now he’s back to tell the story, along with more than you ever wanted to know about where your clothes and gadgets come from, and how technologists can help level the playing field, profitably.
Gill has a BS in Physics from Caltech and an MS and a PhD in Physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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