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Mr. Anshu Taneja
Country Director, VisionSpring

Achiever's Success Story

Redefining the Concept of Social Entrepreneurship

Anshu Taneja is an award-winning social entrepreneur and has MBAs from the Amity Business School, Noida (India), and the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (United Kingdom). He is also a Science Graduate from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi (India). 

Anshu has several years of experience working across different countries and sectors in a variety of roles. Anshu has had long stints with Karl Storz and Johnson & Johnson in various capacities. He has also worked with De Beers, Riders for Health, and Opera Software in the United Kingdom and Europe. Anshu has been leading VisionSpring in India since 2013 and has grown its impact 10-fold. In 2019 alone, VisionSpring provided clear vision through eyeglasses to 1 million people in India and thus helping them earn and learn better and lead safer lives. 

In the process, in 2019, it also conducted vision screenings for more than 2.7 million people in India. VisionSpring added more than $215 million to India’s GDP in 2019, thus creating instant, measurable, and life changing impact for those touched by its work. Anshu is a Fellow of the Aspire Circle, a forum for promoting enlightened social leadership. He was the Chair of Consumer, Marketing, and Healthcare Oxford Business Network (OBN). 

He was also the Member of the Hospital Planning Sectional Committee of the Bureau of Indian Standards. Anshu was appointed the representative for the UNU and GIZ supported global Women’s Health Initiative for improving women’s health in developing countries. He is a competent tennis player and has played junior nationals in India and has captained the Saïd Business School team at MBAT (MBA Olympics) in Paris (France). His interests include running, movies, and travelling. Anshu is passionate about leveraging business principles to change the world. In 2017, the University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship recognized Anshu as an Outstanding Alumnus for using his career to create high-impact and effect positive change. In 2019, The British Council recognized Anshu as a Distinguished Alumnus. In 2019, Anshu was also the recipient of the NGO Leadership Award at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit and Awards in Mumbai (India). In 2021, Anshu was the recipient of the Amity Alumni Achiever Award for Public Contribution and Entrepreneurship.

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