Name: Sanjay Gupta
Organisation: Independent Consultant
Role: Strategic Communications, Social Accountability and Policy Advocacy
With over fifteen years of professional experience, I have worked for a gamut of institutions. They include the World Bank, the US Congress, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. This has meant extensive interaction with both rural and urban communities in India and the USA, civil society institutions, multilateral and bilateral agencies, and the private sector in several countries. Notably, my responsibilities have led to work closely and successfully with governments and donor agencies at all levels—local, national and global. Areas covered include strategic and development communication, social accountability, policymaking, policy advocacy, and development strategy formulation. Currently, I am working as a Consultant to the World Bank, South Asia assisting strategic and development communication, social accountability, policy advocacy and project conceptualization activities in rural poverty alleviation, micro-enterprise, natural resource management, and water and sanitation projects across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. These projects primarily focus on social & economic empowerment, micro-finance for the poorest of the poor, support for sustenance farming and small agriculturists, and women-led micro-enterprises. A key element is aligning the project goals to the aspirations of the poorest of the poor, women and other underprivileged groups. Coalition building, transparency and social accountability have been integral to all these advocacy and communication activities. Since 2004, I am a Visiting Faculty for the master’s degree program at the School of Arts, Culture and Communication, Malmö University, Sweden in the area of ICT for Development, and also supervise students in their theses research. I have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to all the organizations I have worked for. Novel initiatives such as Caucus on India and Indian-Americans in the US Congress, introducing the concepts of participatory civic engagement and environmental education at The Energy & Resources Institute, a unique community-driven radio program in Rajasthan, building support for CDD approach, and combining development communication activities with livelihood solutions all have led to empowerment of underprivileged communities. I have a master’s degree in Communication for Development from the Malmö University, Sweden and a B.Sc. (Honors) in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India. I have authored several publications covering a diversity of issues, including ICT4D. While I am highly fluent in both English and Hindi, I also have some working knowledge of French and German, and am very familiar with common computer applications. Moreover, I have worked successfully in multicultural environments, both as a team member and leader.