Anshu Gupta, recipient of the prestigious 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Award is widely recognized as the “Clothing Man” because he addressed clothing as a crucial development concern. Over the course of 24 years, Anshu Gupta has transformed India’s philanthropic landscape by redefining how unused clothing and materials can drive rural development.

Under his visionary leadership, his organisation Goonj has leveraged urban surplus to empower marginalized communities, pioneering a novel trash-based barter economy. His innovative approach has earned global acclaim, and Goonj has become a trailblazer in disaster response and rural development across 27 states in India.