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Kanika Gupta

Founder and Chief Catalyst, SoJo

Kanika Gupta is the Founder and Chief Catalyst at SoJo, a social enterprise technology start-up incubated in Toronto-based Digital Media Zone. SoJo builds e-Learning tools that provides support, information,and guidance to individuals to take their ideas for social change into action. SoJo was inspired from over a decade of experience building and growing social ventures in addition to extensive first-hand research on youth-led social innovation and entrepreneurship.

Highly engaged in civic issues and community development, Kanika has worked with the United Nations Development Programme in Knowledge Management, Canadian International Development Agency in Human Rights policy, Canadian House of Commons, grassroots NGOs in West Africa and India. Prior to SoJo, Kanika founded Nukoko a Canadian nonprofit which sends over 600 girls to school in west Africa annually.

A Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum, youth advisor to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Canadian Digital Media Network, and a Canadian representative on official State Visits to several African countries, accompanying Governor General Michaelle Jean; Kanika actively engages in high-level discussions on topics that intersect technology, social change, youth entrepreneurship and education.