Shilpika Gautam is an India born, global living, world record breaking adventurer for Purpose. Having swapped her corporate life of Banking and consulting for the pursuit of ‘adventurous activism’, she is a passionate advocate for ‘doing good better’ , the environment and the empowerment of women. She holds an engineering degree in Computer Science, a masters in Business and is an ambassador for WaterAid.
In January 2017 Shilpika led team GangesSUP to the first ever stand up paddle boarded descent of the river Ganga in India, source to sea. This 3000 kms expedition which lasted 101 day was undertaken to empower awareness and advocacy for cleaner water, via adventure. Clocking up over 2600 kms in paddled distance, this expedition also marks a new world record for Shilpika – the longest distance stand up paddleboarded by a woman in 1 continuous journey vs the existing record of 2231 kms. Prior to the Ganges, Shilpika became the first woman to stand up paddle the longest river in the British Isles, the Shannon river in Ireland , source to sea.
Shilpika is an internationally published writer and a feisty, engaging public speaker.
Shilpika is now working on a number of international projects to channel her finance, technology and entrepreneurial experience to create businesses for social and environmental impact.