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Prasoon Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO, billionBricks (bB), is an urban planner and architect by profession with over 10 years of experience in design firms across India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 2013, he founded bB, which is a one-of-a-kind non-profit innovation studio that uses design as its primary tool to solve one of the most pressing global problems: homelessness. He leads multidisciplinary teams and engages with stakeholders and partners across various sectors to provide shelter and infrastructure solutions for the homeless and vulnerable which are scalable, sustainable, and able to create opportunities for communities to emerge out of poverty.

Operating two design studios, in Singapore and Mumbai, Prasoon led bB to launch its first product, WeatherHYDE, in 2016 which was awarded the A'Design in Social Design the same year, and gained popularity on social media with the likes of Ashton Kutcher calling it, “innovation at its finest.” Since 2013, bB has rehabilitated more than 1,800 homeless and vulnerable people in Asia.

Chosen as one of Urban Land Institute’s 40 under 40 in 2016, he is a recipient of the Focussed Issue Planning Award from the California State APA In 2007, and shortlisted in the top 5 of the World Architecture News Award under the Commercial Category in 2010. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award for year 2005.

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