Anil Kumar Gupta is a globally renowned scholar in the area of grassroots innovations. He is the founder of the Honey Bee Network and he is also a Professor at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. Besides, he holds the Executive Vice Chair of the National Innovation Foundation. He is also a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science. He was awarded Padma Shri in 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 of Shodh Yatra for 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.