Dr Arun Gupta is a pediatrician of 37 years experience, turned activist coordinator of the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Asia, which is a 1998 Right Livelihood Award recipient. He is the Co-Chair of IBFAN’s Global council.
His key interests are child health and nutrition policy analysis, and conflict of interests. He is also the member of the Prime Minister’s Council for India’s Nutrition Challenges. He gave up a lucrative private practice in the 1990s to work towards putting child nutrition on the forefront of social change, and founded the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI). Now a leading organisation in India, it challenges corporate interference in policy matters.
He writes extensively in the Economic and Political Weekly, viewpoints/editorials in international magazines, and technical journals. He is the creator of IBFAN’s World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi), a breakthrough tool to measure policy inputs on breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding at national levels, now active in more than 100 countries. He has also given the WBCi a financial planning tool to cost and plan interventions.