Sunada Kanungo is our mentor from Bhubaneswar, Odisha  and is extremely passionate about her ideas and thoughts. She is a sociable woman with a reliable soul. She is one of those who knows exactly how to strike the perfect balance between personal and professional.

After completion of her bachelor’s degree from Ramadevi women’s College, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Sunanda immediately involved herself in multiple human rights campaigns. During these years, she was simultaneously pursuing her masters degree in English language from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.

Sunanda is an open-minded woman who always welcomes innovative ideas and learning new things. This helps her to always be a step ahead when it comes to providing unique and practical approaches in her professional roles. During her career, she has been involved with multiple organisations and has proven to be an effective communicator and performer when it comes to her responsibilities.

Sunanda takes interest in research and documentation and her areas of interests include women’s issues, human rights, environmental issues amongst others. She believes in developing strong relationships and concepts whenever she approaches to tackle any social issue.

Sunanda has been associated with BYST for a while and has been supporting her mentee Chandrakanti Ojha for about a year now. Chandrakanti has her own tailoring unit and intends to make a blooming business out of it, but she lacks knowledge of digital marketing. Sunanda helped Chandrakanti understand the benefits of using digital space to increase the outreach of her venture. Sunanda helped her open a WhatsApp business account to establish a more convenient networking system with customers and also encouraged her to distribute digital leaflets to promote the business. This acted as a means of digital advertising for Chandrakanti’s business resulting in an increase in demand for her products in the local market.

Sunanda knows there is a difference that needs to be filled in order to make sure that aspiring entrepreneurs with potential but limited resources can reach a larger audience and she always equips her mentees with exactly that. For her, empowerment comes with access and she wants to be the one providing that!