Dr Anil K. Gupta received his PhD in 1986 from Kurukshetra, and his MSc in Genetics from HAU, Hisar, in 1974. He is a Fellow of both the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the World Academy of Art and Science.
Anil is editor of the Honey Bee Newsletter, which promotes people-to-people networking and represents the voice of creative grassroots innovators for the last twenty years. He has published extensively in national and international journals, books and magazines, and has acted as consultant to several national and international organisations.
Anil established the Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI) in 1993 and the Grassroots Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) in 1997; the NGOs support the Honey Bee Network and scale up and convert grassroots innovations into viable products respectively. In 2000 Anil also helped set up the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to make India an innovative and creative society and a global leader in sustainable technologies. NIF has mobilised more than 100,000 innovations and traditional knowledge practices from over 540 districts of India, the largest database of its kind anywhere.
Anil was chosen by the leading weekly India Today as one of the country’s 50 Pioneers of Change (along with seven other grassroots innovators who made it to the list). He has received numerous awards over the course of his career, including the Bharat Asmita Acharya Shrestha National Award 2006 from MIT School of Management, Pune, in recognition as the Best Management Teacher, the Padma Shri National Award 2004 from the President of India for distinguished achievements in the field of management education, and the Star of Asia Award from Business Week in 2001.