Suparna Gupta holds a Degree in Psychology & Diploma in Social Communication Media. Currently, she is the Founder of Aangan.
Suparna Gupta’s Achievements
2013: Recipient of the Edward B. Mason Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government
2012: Finalist of the Trust Women’s Hero Award from Thomson Reuters Foundation
2011: Selected among Asia’s 21 Young Leaders
2009: Recipient of the Ashoka Fellowship for being a leading Social Entrepreneur
Suparna began her career in media; she worked with two of the country’s leading advertising agencies. But her volunteering experience at various shelters and homes during her childhood, made her realise the strong need for rehabilitation of children. She left advertising to start Aangan.
In 2002, Suparna founded Aangan, with the commitment to protect the most excluded, isolated and vulnerable groups of children. In 2006, she developed a unique model to partner with the state governments across the country, making Aangan the first non-profit to access hundreds of state-run institutional facilities across India for children who were rescued, trafficked and were vulnerable.
In 2009, Suparna extended the organisation’s work to identify children in dangerous situations with a view to prevent occurrence and recurrence of serious harm to children. By 2014, this was developed into an integrated model for child harm prevention and is currently implemented in 39 locations across the country.
She has co-authored reports (Changing Spaces in 2006, See You Again if I Survive in 2007, A Real Opportunity for Change in 2010) and led the development of training and empowerment tools for parent, caregivers and children.