Dr. Vishal Punwani

CEO and Cofounder, Sophya

Vishal (Vish) is the CEO of Sophya, a Harvard Innovation Labs alumna that pairs its best-in-class virtual world with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to enable social, personalized learning for everyone.


Vishal is a medical doctor and an international leader in technology and AI for learning. He became one of the highest-rated Teaching Fellows at Khan Academy after creating health and medicine content that has garnered over 10 million views, and has been an invited speaker at The Radcliffe Institute at Harvard, MIT, and Harvard Medical School. Harvard’s prestigious Alumni Incubator Launch Lab X referred to Vishal as ‘the heart and soul’ of their program. Vishal is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, a peer mentor at the Harvard Innovation Labs, a Mentor at the Oxford University Foundry, and Alumni Advisor at MassChallenge Boston.