Anasuya Sengupta, Cofounder and Coordinator of Whose Knowledge?
Sengupta is co-founder/coordinator of the Whose Knowledge? global campaign, and has been awarded a 2017 Shuttleworth Fellowship for this work. She has worked in India, across the global South, and internationally for over 20 years, leading initiatives to amplify voices ‘from the margins’ in virtual and real worlds.
Her work has supported free knowledge, feminist and social justice movements and communities of practice. Most recently, as Chief Grantmaking Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation, she created and headed the Grantmaking department (now Community Engagement), supporting Wikimedia communities worldwide in their efforts to create and enable free and open knowledge.
Before that, Sengupta was the Regional Program Director for Asia and the Pacific Islands, at the Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s largest grant-making organisations exclusively for women’s human rights. She has led initiatives challenging violence against women and children, combating religious and cultural fundamentalisms, and supporting sexual and reproductive rights and women’s health.
Sengupta’s attempts to combine activism and academia include the Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) publication – Defending Our Dreams: global feminist voices for a new generation (AWID and Zed Books, 2006) – arguably the first international anthology of young feminist analyses and experience. She is currently on the Board of the Nonprofit Quarterly and /The Rules.
Sengupta holds an M.Phil. in Development Studies from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She also has an undergraduate degree in Economics (Honours) from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University.