Professor Anil K Gupta is a visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; after teaching there for four decades, and at IIT Bombay. Ph.D. (Management), MSc. Biochemical Genetics; Fellow, NAAS, WAAS, & INSA; Founder, The Honey Bee Network, National Innovation Foundation, , SRISTI and GIAN; CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, 2018-21

Mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations from and for grassroots, link ideas in informal and formal sector; to ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative communities, individuals, children and tech students etc., and to augment open innovations by individuals, institutions, corporations, and countries through  frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic platforms.


He facilitated Festival of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (FINE) through, hosted by the office of President of India  at The President’s House ( March 19-23, 2018) and Festival of Innovation (2015-2017); pursues research on inclusive, frugal and Grassroots Innovations, sustainable natural and institutional resource management,  building global value chain to get the grassroots and youthful creativity its due; promote originality and industrial, social, environmental connect  among technology/engineering/biotech students (, SRISTI awards  young tech students in collaboration with BIRAC, DBT.

Engages in unlocking individual, institutional and community creativity through empathetic open reciprocal innovations at national and international level. He also  supports strategic organizations for making breakthroughs innovations. He has pursued 43 Shodhyatras, learning walks in every state of India once covering more than 5000 km during 1998-2016 and has started second round from 2017 onwards along with Honey Bee Network volunteers.


Lectured on unleashing innovation potential at P&G, DHL, JCB, SAP Labs,  ORACLE, CISCO, HP, GE Research Centre, Siemens, Volvo, Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Center, Dr Reddy’s Lab, Zydus Cadilla, JSW, D E Shaw investment firm, Tata Innovation Awards, ZEF Bonn, Viacom, Endurance Technology CGIAR, FAO, IFAD, World Bank, LBSNAA, IISc, Harvard, MIT Boston, ISI, IITs,  JNU, Indian Oil, Global IP Convention 2018, Barclays Bank, Welcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, etc., apart from numerous top academic and public policy institutions worldwide


The book Grassroots Innovation: Mind on the margin are not marginal minds (New Delhi Penguin Randomhouse) received the best Business Book Award at Tata Lit Live festival, Nov 20, 2016.


Member, HIGH level Committee on CSR, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, 2019

Selection Committee for Visitor’s Awards, 2015-18 Office of the President of India

Member, National Innovation Council, Chaired by Adviser to Prime Minister (2010-2013)

Visiting Professor, Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, retired  after teaching for 36 years

Distinguished Visiting Professor, IIT Bombay, 2017-18

Member Advisory Committee, Future Innovation Forum, Seoul, 2016-2019

Editor, Honey Bee, a quarterly newsletter on grassroots green innovations, 1990 – present

Board Member, GMATF

NIPER, Mohali, Planning Board, Central University of Jammu

Member, Committee to review the functioning of Central Insecticides Board & Registration, Chairman (2017-18), CSIR-800 SMC committee, Member, Research Council of CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat; Member, Working Group on Development Agenda for New India for Science & Technology Sector

Member, Committee for Evaluation of ITRA Scheme

Member, committees on Artificial Intelligence. Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY)

 Chairman, Selection Committee for Plant Genome Saviour Community Award 2015-18, Member, Screening Committee of CSIR-NMITLI IOP

IIMA Board of Directors, 2015-2017, Member, advisory board, Global Innovation Centre, UNICEF, New York (2015-2016)

Member, Board of Directors in EdCIL (India)  2013 – 2016

Director, Dena Bank, 2006-09

Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship, IIMA (2003-2008)

Chairperson, Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, IIMA, 1993-1994

Chairperson, Research and Publications, IIMA, 1990-92

Exec Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation (2000-2018)

Coordinator, SRISTI and GIAN.


PPIDI, with Hon’ble Former President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee,Globalising and Resurgent India through Innovative Transformation (GRIT) with Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India (2008-12)

Shodhyatra (learning walk in Himalayan region)

Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights (SMIPR)

Indian Social and Political Environment (ISPE, 1995-2007)

Design and Development of Development Organizations (DDDO, 1981-90)

Economic Environment and Policy (1981-1994)

“Understanding Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge Networks and Entrepreneurship (CINE)

Introduction to Agriculture & Agri-Business Leadership.


CSIR Bhatnagar Fellowship 2018-21

 Best Researcher award at IIMA, 2015

Humanistic Management Lifetime Achievement Award by the Humanistic Management Network, at the 73rd Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, USA, 2013

Ph.D Honoris Causa, San Martin de Porres University, October, Peru 2015

Doctor of Letters from Central University of Orissa, July, 2012

Hermes Award  European Institute for Creative Strategies and Innovation, Paris, 2012

Padam Shri, 2004, a national civil award by The President of India

 Adjudged as one of the fifty most influential people in the field of intellectual property rights around the world in 2003, Managing Intellectual Property 2003

Adjudged as one of the Star Personalities of Asia, Business Week, 2001, apart from several other national and international honours. 

Member of many governmental and corporate bodies, Prof. Gupta is a widely published author

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