Skip to main content
Dr Anil Kumar Gupta - Inaugural speaker - Keynote address at InnoHEALTH 2017


Professor Anil K Gupta is a visiting faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; after retiring recently. He is also the founder of Honey Bee Network. Ph.D. (Management), MSc. Biochemical Genetics, Fellow, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences; Fellow, the World Academy of Art and Science, California 2001. Executive Vice Chair, National Innovation Foundation,, Coordinator, and Secty.,

Mission is to expand the global as well as local space for innovations at grassroots, link ideas in informal and formal sector, ensure recognition, respect and reward for creative communities; creating knowledge networks for augmenting open innovations by individuals, institutions, corporations, and countries through frugal, flexible and friendly empathetic platforms.

He facilitates Festival of Innovation (FOIN) through, hosted by the office of President of India at The President’s House ( March 4-11, 2017); pursues Research on Sustainable natural and institutional resource management, building global value chain to get the grassroots and youthful creativity its due; link technology youth with the problems of MSME, and grassroots innovators (, unlocking corporate and public/private institutional creativity through empathetic open reciprocal innovations, support strategic organizations for making breakthroughs innovations

See social innovation facility,, SRISTI awards to young tech students

Lectured on unleashing innovation potential at ORACLE, CISCO, HP, GE Research Centre, Siemens, Volvo, Biocon Bristol-Myers Squibb Research Center, Dr Reddy Lab, Zydus Cadilla, JSW, D E Shaw investment firm, Tata Innovation Awards, ZEF, CGIAR, FAO, IFAD, World Bank, LBSNAA, IISc, ISI, IITs, JNU, Harvard, MIT, etc., apart from numerous top academic and public policy institutions worldwide; he has pursued Shodhyatra, learning walk in every state of India once covering more than 5000 km during 1998-2016 and has started second round from 2017 along with Honey Bee Network volunteers.

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

Positions: Distinguished Visiting Professor, IIT Bombay, 2017; Editor, Honey Bee, a quarterly newsletter on grassroots green innovations, 1990  present; Visiting Professor, Centre for Management in Agriculture, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad after teaching for 36 years; Member Advisory Committee, Future Innovation Forum, Seoul, 2016-2018; Member, IIMA Board of Directors, 2015-2017, Member, advisory board, Global Innovation Centre, UNICEF, New York (2015-2016); Member, Board of Directors in EdCIL (India) Limited ( 2013 – 2016; Member, National Innovation Council, Chaired by Adviser to Prime Minister (2010-2013); Director, Dena Bank, 2006-09; Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship, IIMA (2003-2008); Chairperson, Ravi J Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation, Indian Institute of Management, 1993-1994; Chairperson, Research and Publications, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, 1990-92.

Teaching: Courses taught at IIMA include Globalizing and Resurgent India through Innovative Transformation (GRIT) with late Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, former President of India (2008-10) as co-faculty, Shodhyatra (learning walk in Himalayan region), Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge Network and Entrepreneurship ( CINE), Doctoral level courses viz., Institution Building (IB), Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Rights (SMIPR), Technology Management, MTSA, Agri-business leadership etc.

Honours: Best Business Book of the year Award at Tata Lit Live festival, 2016; Received 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.

Also See