Change & Innovation

Plugging a nation into its future

India

Arvind Gupta (India ’14)

“I like to call myself a digital and technology disrupter.” — Arvind Gupta

Arvind Gupta, a recognized innovation evangelist, began his Eisenhower Fellowship while leading the digital campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), one of the two major political parties in India. Since playing this role, Gupta has been working on national-scale digital projects that are revolutionizing the way people in India live, work and do business – all through digital innovations and technology. His main job: expanding access to the internet in the world’s second most populous country.

When Gupta started in this new role leading digital innovations for the current government after the BJP won the election, there were 200 million people on the internet. In just three years, India has experienced tremendous growth in access with 500 million people now having access to the internet.

Gupta learned through his Eisenhower Fellowship, how to lead projects through “leapfrogging” and disrupting society for the better at a larger scale. He was no longer satisfied in the slow, incremental change that pilot projects to influence broader change, but was ready to implement models that would radically change the country.

Video Interview with Arvind Gupta

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