Pooja Taparia is Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan. She started work on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in 2006 and has grown the team from 2 to 60 professionals, the largest team in India. She’s also mobilized over 2.5 million USD (over 16 cr) for working on CSA.
Pooja is a graduate in Applied Art/Graphic Design and in Commerce. Coming from a business family she is an entrepreneur, having invested considerable time in setting up her family business and managing a number of high-profile freelance design print and web media projects for companies and individuals.
However, Pooja has spent most of her professional career working in social change and development. She has spent over 8000 hours working in the voluntary sector, mainly investing her time, expertise and resources with an educational institute based in Gujarat, India before starting Arpan.
Pooja Taparia is a Director on the Board of UnLtd India and plays an advisory role on their strategies and programs. UnLtd India is an incubator for social entrepreneurs which works with early-stage social entrepreneurs to help them accelerate their progress, develop as leaders and prepare their high-impact organisations for scaling and further investment.
Pooja is the founding member of SAPCAN, SAARC Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Pooja is also a member of ISPCAN, International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Pooja has been awarded the Architects of the Future Award 2013 which recognises exemplary work done by social entrepreneurs. Her life work has been permanently put up as a part of the Waldzell Collection, in the Melk Abbey, a museum in Austria. She was also awarded the Karmaveer Puraskar Award in 2010 by ICONGO in New Delhi for her work on Child Abuse.