Sanjit (Bunker) Roy

Founder and Director, Barefoot College

For over 40 years Sanjit (Bunker) Roy has demonstrated the power and impact of the grassroots community movement and the need for social entrepreneurs to be social activists first. He was influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s spirit of service and thoughts on sustainability. In 2010, Roy was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential personalities in the world, and in 2008 The Guardian named him one of 50 environmentalists in the world who could save the planet. He has also won a number of other accolades, including the: Sierra Club Green Energy Award (2009); Robert Hill Award for Promotion of Solar Energy (2009); Condé Nast Traveler Environmental Award (2009); SUEZ Environment-Water for All Foundation Special Prize (2009); ALCAN Award for Sustainability (2006); Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2005).

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