Ankur Gupta is a graduate program coordinator, working with OEI to strengthen student leadership development through community-engagement experiences. He is also pursuing MPA at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs. For the last few years, Ankur has worked in different capacities on engaging students and young professionals meaningfully in water policy discussions. Ankur is passionate about environment issues and education. He believes that young people are in a critical position to bring change in our society and ignoring them is an ineffective way of moving forward.
Prior to OEI, Ankur was an independent consultant working as a youth networking advisor for an international organization. Before that, he was working with Global Water Partnership (GWP), an IGO, as program assistant for the Integrated Urban Water Management Program and Youth Focal Point. There, he helped set up the Youth for Water and Climate Program, which supports young people in developing and implementing ideas into projects at a local level. He also pioneered decentralized program management for the organization.
During his career, he has undertaken various volunteer projects. He has been working with Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAG) of India to do policy research around environment issues. He has also taught intercultural learning in underprivileged school in his hometown in India.
Ankur comes from Gwalior, a small town in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. When he moved to New Delhi at the age of 15 to finish his school, he met top-level teachers who sparked his career interests. While earning a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R), Ankur was exposed to high caliber professors, course work and research from many different fields. It was during these four years that his interest in environment and education issues was sparked and strengthened. This led him to pursue an M.Sc. at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.