Anu Gupta is a human rights lawyer, social scientist, educator, and the Founder of BE MORE with Anu. He is also a gay immigrant man of color with lived experiences of bias and bullying that almost led him to take his life. But he didn’t. Instead, he dedicated himself to find solutions to bias through two decades of original research, fieldwork with diverse communities globally, and 10,000 hours of meditation practice.

A peer-reviewed author and the principal investigator behind BE MORE’s research, he secured highly competitive grants from institutions like the National Science Foundation, NYS Health Foundation, American Heart Association, among others, to validate BE MORE’s science-backed, meditation-driven method to break bias. He has written and spoken extensively, including on the TED stage, the Oprah Conversation, Fast Company, and Newsweek.

Anu worked as an attorney, a research scientist, and a teacher in the United States, Europe, and Asia, prior to founding BE MORE. He is a trained meditation and yoga teacher (500-hours) and is a living testament of the power of these ancient sciences to transform inner and external turmoil. His meditations can be found on the Insight Timer, Open, and the Ten Percent Happier meditation apps.

Anu obtained his JD from NYU Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, an MPhil in Development Studies from Cambridge University, and a BA (summa cum laude) in Int’l Relations, Islamic Studies & Chemistry from NYU. He also serves as a Systems Designer for Dickinson Law’s Antiracist Development Institute (ADI). He has served as a Board Member for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) and The Middle Collegiate Church’s Middle Project.

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This profile was last updated on February 13, 2023