Anshu Gupta, who has made providing clothing and other resources to the poor in India his life's calling with the creation of his nonprofit GOONJ, will speak at the Haas School from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in the Wells Fargo Room.
The event is part of the Schwab Charitable Philanthropy Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by the school's Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership. Net Impact, Global Social Venture Competition, and Schwab Charitable.
Listed in Forbes as one of the India’s most powerful entrepreneurs, Gupta will address many topics, including social entrepreneurship, sustainability, nonprofit leadership, poverty alleviation, and women’s health.
A former journalist, Gupta left the corporate world in 1998 to found GOONJ, which has created social innovations to address critical gaps in the developing world. Considered one of the leading social enterprises in India, GOONJ is focused on under-resourced areas in development work, whether it's clothing or school materials for children. The organization moves resources from prospering cities to rural villages, serving as an economic bridge by sharing the surplus of wealth.
GOONJ's work has been recognized by many prestigious awards, including the Innovation for India award, CNN-IBN Real Hero’s Award, India NGO of the Year Award, and the Development Market Place Award from the World Bank. Most recently, Gupta was named “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Schwab Foundation.
Gupta was suggested as a Schwab Series speaker by full-time MBA student Swapnil Dixit, MBA 14, who before coming to Haas created an annual train journey in India called Jagiriti Yatra that takes hundreds of youth between ages 20 and 25 around the country to meet entrepreneurs and awaken their spirit of entrepreneurship.