Anil Kumar Guptais a globally
renowned scholar in the area of grassrootsinnovations.
He is the founder of theHoney
Bee Networkand he is also a
Professor at theIndian Institute
of Management, Ahmedabad. Besides, he holds the Executive Vice Chair of theNational Innovation Foundation.He is also a fellow of theWorld Academy of Art and Science.He was awardedPadma Shriin the year 2004, one of the highest civilian
awards in India, for his contributions to management education.
His interests include ensuring recognition, respect and reward for
grassroots inventors and innovators at a local, national and global level and
protection of their Intellectual Property rights. Amalgamation of formal and
informal science, ethical issues in conservation and prosperity of biodiversity
are some of his other research interests. Every summer and winter, in order to
learn from grassroots teachers, he has been walking around 6000 km across
India for over a week as part ofShodh Yatrafor more than twelve years. In fact, Shodh Yatra, which is a
second year course, is one of the most popular courses taught in IIM Ahmedabad.
Through the Honey Bee Network, he has demonstrated the pivotal role of
innovative ideas and knowledge, possessed by economically poor people, in the
sustainable progress of developing countries.
When Speaking Minds was founded in 2007 in New Zealand, little did we envisage that this would grow into an international brand with offices in India and London in less than a decade. We set up the business to share what we had learnt, from the privileges we have had in our jobs – of access to knowledge.
Bringing India to the rest of the world was our driving force.
The dna of our business is genuinely about sharing knowledge with the
world, from thought leaders and experts who are notable achievers in
their field. Raga D'silva quit her highly successful corporate career in
New Zealand in 2007, to set up a dream business of connecting
knowledge, insights, motivation from exceptional talent with the
corporate world, globally.