Saumya Gupta, Fellow-2012
A chemical engineer from IIT Bombay, Saumya joined the YIF in 2011. Though a deep believer of empirical science, by final year at IIT Bombay Saumya began to realise that unlike engineering problems most real world issues are subjective and cannot be modeled as a set of definite equations. She took a life changing decision in 2011 to forgo attractive MNC job offers to join the Young India Fellowship to study with 57 diverse classmates including economists, historians, artists, doctors and lawyers. The transformational year at YIF challenged her preconceived notions, helped her appreciate varied opinions and incepted in her deep empathy for the world around. The more she learnt, the more she recognised how much she didn’t know. YIF gave birth to an insatiable inquisitiveness in her.
This passion to create an impact drove her to take up her next job as a core member of the company wide transformation at Cipla (a.k.a Jaagruti) to manage 16 projects across commercial, manufacturing, supply chain and organisation restructuring. At YIF, she discovered that transformation is a not just a process but a mindset change - a learning that truly impacted the way she worked at Cipla. Jaagruti changed the way Cipla operates - creating 30 project champions, 25 processes and touching over 1500 employees.
In 2013, Saumya started working with the Chief strategy officer to set up a "swat" team for building Cipla's roadmap to 2020 and implementing international expansion plans for the company. Over the last one year Saumya has independently closed 3 acquisition deals, built 2 global alliances and managed two post merger integration across Africa and Asia Pacific. This experience of working in Africa has made her realise that healthcare is one of the biggest problems in emerging markets today with lagging health indicators, insufficient infrastructure and increasing disease burden! She imbibes Cipla's philosophy of "none shall be denied" access to affordable healthcare and YIF's mission of "changing lives" and aspire to transform lives of millions who don't have access to affordable quality healthcare.
She says, “YIF has enriched the way I live life! I am now a traveler, a dancer, a writer, a painter, a photographer - always excited to learning something and someone new!”