Manisha Gupta (Founder & MD)
Artist, Writer & Poet
International Award Winning Screenwriter Filmmaker Animator (Won 200+ Accolades Internationally)
IPR Professional & Trainer
Manisha is an Artist, Writer, Poet, IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Professional (with 18 years experience) and a Training professional, who took to Screenwriting and Filmmaking some 4 years ago and won more than 225 Accolades & Awards internationally for her short screenplays & films. A pioneer in the field of IPRs (Intellectual Property Rights) for grassroots creative communities in India in 2002-2003, she is also a pioneer in the field of Happiness in India.
A “Happiness Entrepreneur”, she founded LOGIHQ, a Happiness start up, in 2011 way ahead of its times with the purpose of “lifting people to a happier plane” (LOGIHQ’s motto) by helping them achieve a higher form of Happiness through creativity. She called this higher happiness “Intellectual Happiness” (a term coined by her when she founded LOGIHQ). She has been researching and writing on Happiness since 2005 when she presented a paper as an invited speaker, at the international conference, INNOVASIA-2005, in Bangkok, Thailand where she introduced the concept of “Grassroots Happiness” and her paper “Happiness, the Foundation of Sustainable Development” was accepted for presentation at the 6th International Conference on Gross National Happiness, BHUTAN (2015). Her research later included well-being, enlightenment, self-improvement and personality development. Has also volunteered for happiness of terminally ill cancer patients (children) with a reputed NGO.
Finally with screenwriting and filmmaking in the last 4 years, adding Animation from the Artist in her, she is combining all her varied skills (including training) to communicate with the society at large and spread the true meaning of Happiness. Her experimental film “Happiness is…..” (2016), has won more than 15 accolades globally.
As a self-taught Screenwriter and amateur Filmmaker she has WON more than 225 Awards & Accolades at reputed International Film Festivals (HOLLYWOOD, LOS-ANGELES, BARCELONA, BEVERLY-HILLS, LAS-VEGAS, ITALY, LONDON, MANHATTAN, BERLIN, RUSSIA, BRAZIL, UTAH, TOKYO, CANNES, TEXAS, RHODE ISLAND, MOSCOW, VENICE etc.).
She began research work in the field of IPRs as early as 2002. As an Artist passionate about the Arts & Crafts, she carried out consulting assignments for the UNITED NATIONS (UN) in 2003-2004 to protect India’s rich intangible cultural heritage & Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) of Artisan/grassroots communities and aimed at finding the suitable legal instruments for community ownership of TK in such clusters. Her focus has been on IPRs in creative industries and knowledge based M/SMEs and Artisanal clusters and on IPRs as a tool for economic & social development leading to inclusive growth & empowerment, particularly of women and grassroots creative communities. Apart from Traditional Knowledge, her major work has been on Geographical Indications (GIs). As part of her UN work, she also created a roadmap and innovative strategy for executing it at the grassroots level. Consequently, “Chanderi” and “Kota Doria” filed for GIs and are now registered (10th & 5th registered Indian GIs respectively).
As an IPR Trainer & Faculty, has trained vast & varied audience (around 10,000 people including grassroots people) in the areas of IPRs (including Trade Marks, Copyrights, Patents, Geographical Indications), Traditional Knowledge, IP & Development, Gender issues, Quality & Branding, Social compliance, Entrepreneurship, Motivation, Personality Development.
Her trainees ranged from the highest level government officials & topmost professionals, personnel from Rajasthan Police (under an MIT project), students & faculty of engineering colleges from all over Rajasthan, lawyers, doctors, various Rajasthan Government department officials, senior & middle level officers of Govt. of India, from all over India (as part of APPPA) and senior & middle level Women Scientists from all over India (as part of an IPR training program of DST) right down to the grassroots level people. She has delivered training sessions as part of the HR Training component of Skill Development Programmes of the Government of India for the Handicrafts Sector at NCDPD, a centre of Ministry of Textiles, for 5 years (2009-2014). Has also delivered lectures at prestigious organizations/institutes (Indian Institutes of Public Administration (HCM-RIPA in Jaipur and IIPA in New Delhi)), Rajasthan Police Academy (RPA, Jaipur), NID-Ahmedabad, MNIT, MAEIT, CCS University-Meerut, AIHTM etc. She is also a Trained Mediator and on the panel of Mediators/Neutrals of reputed international organizations.
She has also trained Senior Officials of Ministries from 15 countries at NIESBUD as part of their International Training Programme on Small Business Planning and Promotion at NIESBUD campus in Oct 2014. The officials were engaged in promotion of small business and SME development in their respective countries. The 15 countries were Russia, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Mongolia, Nepal, Niger, Tunisia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
As a SPEAKER she has been invited to speak at many national/international conferences/seminars/workshops by reputed organizations (WIPO, NID, FISME, BIA, UNCTAD, CUTS-International, DST, FICCI, Govt. of Orissa, NCDPD, EPCH, Quality Council of India etc.). She has had papers accepted at many international conferences abroad: INNOVASIA-2005 in Bangkok, Thailand (2005) and her paper “Happiness, the Foundation of Sustainable Development” at the 6th International Conference on Gross National Happiness, BHUTAN (2015). She moderated the panel discussion session titled “Aspiring Entrepreneurship” at the “Women in Leadership Forum–India-2010.”
As a prolific WRITER, her articles on IPRs, GIs, TK, CSR, Entrepreneurship, Social & Business Responsibility etc. have been published in leading Indian National Dailies (Business Standard, Financial Express, Indian Express, The Hindu, The New Indian Express etc.), magazines (Down to Earth, Human Scape, SME World, ITC-Geneva, Policy Business Brief etc.) and reputed International publications. Her articles on Happiness, enlightenment, self-improvement, spirituality & life have been published in The Hindustan Times (Inner voice column), Times of India (supplement Wellness times), Savvy, Metro Now, The New Indian Express, Millennium Post, TIME magazine Blog etc. Has around 100 articles published. Has been a columnist with The Financial Express- “SME World” for 3 years (2010-2013). As a Haiku poet, she has been invited to mentor CBSE school students in the art of Haiku writing at International Writers’ Workshops last few years and also conducted HAIKU writing workshop at D.P.S R.K. Puram. She has also been invited to Judge Annual Poetry competitions at D.P.S R.K Puram since 2015.
She has lived in JAPAN (Sapporo, HOKKAIDO) and learnt the JAPANESE language, art & culture. She applies the Japanese philosophy to work, life and Happiness. KAIZEN & IKIGAI are two of her favourite Japanese concepts. Her unique, innovative and first of a kind Paintings on the JAPANESE SCRIPT formed an exhibition titled “INDO-JAPAN FRIENDSHIP THROUGH ART”, a Japanese Embassy endorsed event held at the Japan Foundation, Delhi as part of the “Japan-India-Friendship Year celebrations-2007”. She has also dabbled in French. She has held other exhibitions and her innovative paintings related to Intellectual Property (IP) are displayed on the website of WIPO, Geneva.
Manisha belongs to Dehradun (Uttarakhand) having studied in the best convent schools in Nainital & Dehradun followed by higher studies from Dehradun. With an educational background in Science, Math & Computers, she is an M.Sc. in MATH (University Topper), PG Diploma in Computer Applications and extensive research, study & courses on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Since 2019 she has researched extensively, studied and done courses on Mental Health, Depression, Anxiety, TA (Transactional Analysis), NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming), Adolescent Behaviours, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Cognitive Psychology, Therapeutic Art etc. She is a Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach (US). She has a certification in Transactional Analysis (UK).
She is continually redefining happiness in more innovative ways and creating new strategies using all her knowledge from Art & Math to Japanese concepts to that of NLP, TA and Cognitive Psychology applying them to the achievement of the simplest thing in life: HAPPINESS, especially in light of this global pandemic of the COVID-19, by understanding the intricate yet simple workings of the human brain. Everyone talks about the Art or Science of Happiness, but she has a concept of the “Math of Happiness”.
In light of the current scenario of the Coronavirus and the resulting drastic increase in Mental Health issues such as Depression & Anxiety globally, she is also trying to strategize how she can help people incorporate a “Happiness Routine” in their daily life so as to cope with these tough times and keep the mind, heart & soul happy & healthy.
The “LOGIHQ International Happiness Film Festival & Exhibition, liHfe-2021” is her latest initiative to generate happiness in the creators as well as audiences. Through LOGIHQ she has been promoting creators and their creativity, be it budding writers & poets or now artists & short filmmakers.
MANISHA GUPTA’s Committee Memberships
Honorary Member Entertainment, Media and Art & Culture Committee, PHD Chamber
Advisory Board, Wockhardt Foundation, Mumbai
Member Steering Committee, FISME & Ministry of MSME-“IP Facilitation Centre”, New Delhi (2012-Present)
Approved Mediator on the Panel of Mediators of ICADR, New Delhi
Mediator on the Panel of Mediators/Neutrals of WIPO, Geneva, for Art & Cultural Heritage
Faculty GIs, IPRs, “Quality & Branding” and “Entrepreneurship & Motivation” at NCDPD (centre of Ministry of Textiles, New Delhi (2009-2014)
Member of the CII Special Task Force on Skills and Education (past)
Visiting Faculty “Personality Development” & “Human Resources Management” at AIHTM (Ashoka Institute of Hospitality & Tourism Management) New Delhi) (past)