Sanjit Bunker Roy is Founder-Director of Barefoot College, an organisation he started 40 years ago in the village of Tilonia in Rajasthan, India. He still lives and works there. Bunker Roy is also Founder-Chairman of the Global Rain Water Harvesting Collective, which focuses on collecting rain water from the roofs of remote rural schools and has collected over 100 million litres in over 1,000 schools globally.
Bunker Roy was identified by The Guardian in January 2008 as one of the 50 Environmentalists in the world who could save the planet, and in April 2010, Bunker was recognised by TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He studied at Doon School and graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 1967.
Barefoot College is the only college built by the poor for the poor and managed by the poor who earn less than $1 a day. The college follows the work style and lifestyle of Mahatma Gandhi. Since 1972 more than 20 Barefoot Colleges have been started in over 13 Indian states.
The Barefoot approach of training rural semi-literate middle-aged women to solar electrify their own villages has been replicated in nearly 25 countries including Afghanistan, Mali, Russia, Bhutan and Namibia, in collaboration with the Government of India.