Karan Gupta



Karan Gupta (born May 12) is an activist, speaker, writer, the founder of the Karan Gupta Education Foundation (KGEF) in Mumbai, India.  He is also the current managing director of IE Business School – India & South Asia. Gupta is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and IE Business School, graduating with degrees in Psychology, Business and Law. He opened Karan Gupta Consulting and his foundation in 1999, providing career guidance and information on international admissions. Both institutions are non-profit and have an emphasis on the underprivileged – particularly women, children and people suffering from disabilities. Gupta has written and contributed to The Times of India, Education Times, Hindustan Times, The Free Press Journal and Rediff.com, providing career counseling and admissions advice. In 2016 he was awarded for his efforts by the Wharton Business School, the National Education Awards for "Outstanding Contribution in Education," and the Times Genius Award by The Times of India. In April 2016 Gupta created an event called I Am Woman, awarding women for their public contributions. Recipients included Lucky Morani, Amrita Raichand, Devita Saraf and a Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor for her performance in the film Neerja, among others. In May 2016 Gupta spoke about female empowerment at the IE Alumni Forum in Madrid, Spain. In April 2017 Gupta hosted the second edition of "I Am Woman", awarding Amruta Fadnavis, Laxmi Agarwal, Gauri Sawant, Krishika Lulla, Farah Khan Ali, Malini Agarwal and Shaheen Mistri for their contributions towards women empowerment. Karan Gupta was a speaker at the Women Economic Forum and ALL Ladies League in New Delhi in May 2017 and spoke about Women in Media. Other speakers on the panel included Priyanka Chaturvedi, Geeta Mohan, Anurradha Prasad, Aisha Ajmad, and Krishan Tewari. The third edition of "I Am Woman" was hosted by Gupta in April 2018 awarding Sushmita Sen, Leah Tata, Michelle Poonawalla, Bhavna Jasra, Falguni Peacock, Malishka RJ,Abha Singh, Preethi Srinivasan, and Jyoti Dhawale. The event was compared by Amber Wigmore and Madhoo. Sushmita Sen commended the work done by Karan Gupta and the KGEF team for impacting the lives of 92,000 children. In July 2018 Gupta spoke about solving rape and child sexual abuse through education and empowerment at a TEDx talk in Mumbai. The Times of India group felicitated and awarded Gupta as the Times Power Man in December 2018. The award was given to Gupta by Amruta Fadnavis. In January 2019, at a ceremony held in London, Gupta was awarded with the World Leaders Asia Award by Lord Karan Billimoria and Lord Raj Loomba. In April 2019, Gupta hosted the 4th edition of the I Am Woman awards and felicitated Sonali Bendre with the Woman of Substance award. Other awardees included Neeta Lulla, Sindhutai Sapkal, Activist Neehari Mandali, Infosys Learning Head Kisha Gupta, Entrepreneur Deepika Gehani among others. The other hosts for the event included Manasi Joshi Roy, Rohit Roy, Parvin Dabas, Manasi Scott, and Tanuj Wirwani.

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