Dr Sumant Badami
Dr Sumant Badami (or Monty as he is known to most) is an Anthropologist and the Founder and CEO of Habitus, a social enterprise that uses Anthropology, Emotional Intelligence and Educational Psychology to re-humanise schools and communities. Apart from being a passionate educator at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, he is a celebrant, jazz singer, martial arts instructor, an Honorary Associate at Macquarie University and an officer in the Australian Army Reserves.
Monty is driven to understand our diversity and adaptability in all its shapes and forms; from how we physically evolved to become this completely weird and flawed species to how, in spite of these flaws, we managed to populate nearly every square inch of the planet and thrive in so many different ways. In essence, he spends his time deepening his understanding of how we communicate with each other; how we relate to other people and groups; and how we understand ourselves and our place in the world.
He has spent most of his research living with the Paniya, a marginalised indigenous group in South India, who were slaves until quite recently. However, he is now working closer to home, where he helps teachers, students and parents to embrace their humanity and make meaningful changes in their lives. He also works closely with men and boys, using his anthropological knowledge to challenge the norms of toxic masculinity as well as other stereotypes of class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and race.