Andrew Sievright is a successful technologist, futurist, humanitarian, published songwriter and author. He has shown passion and entrepreneurship for these areas of interest from a young age. His father, a successful businessman and award winning symphonic composer, trained Andrew in music and principles of corporate management. When Andrew was eighteen, he started and oversaw what would in time be several successful businesses. In 1991, he turned his attention to international development and aid, with a special interest in children who are “at risk”. Andrew joined Youth with a Mission (YWAM), one of the world’s largest relief and mercy organizations, where he donated 5 years of his time as a volunteer in the role of base director with a staff of 110.
He applied years of business experience to the base’s training center and the development of ten schools. These schools dispatched graduates to 250 locations across the globe, where they brought help of a humanitarian nature. Along with a variety of mercy and relief projects, Andrew also was exposed to the needs of orphans and the dilapidated condition of many orphanages he saw, particularly in the 3rd world, grieved him deeply. From these experiences, of personally traveling around the world and seeing the needs of orphans he designed a new paradigm of a self-sufficient business-operations model for orphanages. His “dream orphanage” would empower orphans to become leaders through excellent education and leadership training with campuses being financially self-sustainable through local business ventures. In 1999, the vision for his organization, Heroes of the Nation (HTN) in Kenya, was birthed.
In 2002, Andrew donated the majority of the profits of selling his California beach home to start the orphanage/school. He began the process of buying land, hiring staff (now at 60) and commenced construction. He mentored Dr. Weston and Violet Gitonga in the leadership of the HTN campus. They would carry his vision to create a campus that would equip and empower future leaders who were orphans, for Africa.
Today, the Heroes of the Nation campus has grown to be the largest orphanage in Kenya, educating and caring for over 500 children. Government officials have applauded the successful model of HTN, recognizing its impact on orphans and the local community. Andrew continues as CEO of this international organization and consults with others interested about implementing, at their own orphanages, his ‘new paradigm’ orphanage prototype.
In 1999, Andrew started what became a thriving internet business focused on monetizing internet search traffic. He opened offices in Newport Beach, CA. and in Romania. His company was monetizing the traffic of more than 100 million web visitors a month and earned millions in net profits. In 2006, Andrew downsized his search traffic business in order to follow his humanitarian pursuits. He is still very active in his work on behalf of orphans in Kenya, and maintains a successful but much smaller online business.
Andrew continues being an avid researcher on future trends in science and culture. He has been on a lifelong study of the inner motivations of mankind from a scientific perspective. In a world where technological invention is outpacing mankind’s own understanding of himself, in 2011, he started the Summit Research Institute to find evidence of mankind’s ‘hardwired’ ethical/moral code. Similar to the discovery of DNA, there is now evidence that within the human spirit, mind and body, there is a system at the ‘genetic level’ that causes us, as a species, to hold hundreds of innate values in common that transcends mere memories of societal, religious or family upbringing. Science is embarking on this discovery and identification of a ‘plumb-line’ code resident in all people, which resonates with similar natural laws in the universe. Identifying this resident code will enable humanity to consider their application in our everyday lives. Instead of drifting from what is innate, we highlight these values as foundation stones that we should build humanities future on.
As historical and ethical foundations erode, people are looking for understanding of how the universe is informing us to live. Using science, while staying respectful to all faiths, The Summit Research Institute is doing in depth investigation of evidence of points to an inherent ethical ‘true north’ that is common to all people and showing us how to embed these values for generations to come.
Andrew hosts gatherings or “Summits” at his retreat center, overlooking Lake Shasta, with leaders of various industries and in the arts, who come together as altruists and friends working, studying and collaborating on solutions and creative works of a humanitarian nature.
Andrew is in the process of writing a book about The Summit’s research and is nearly finished.