Archana Kapoor is a publisher, independent filmmaker, activist, and author of Leading the Way. She is the publisher of Hardnews magazine, an independent political monthly from India; and founder of Seeking Modern Applications for Real Transformation (SMART), a nongovernmental organization that works with marginalized communities in India. Director of the nonprofit Women Initiatives for Peace on South Asia (WIPSA), she also heads the Sisters Against Violent Extremism (SAVE)—an initiative of Women without Borders—in India, where she pioneered the Schools Against Violent Extremism initiative.
As a filmmaker, Kapoor has produced more than 300 documentary films in India and abroad on development issues and the state of literacy and education in Muslim-dominated South Asian countries. She has made a film on the Mumbai terror attack, which was screened in international forums in both the United Kingdom and United States. Her films have also documented the plight of women in post-disaster crises, including earthquakes, tsunamis, or droughts in India.
Archana Kapoor also has written and presented a paper on HIV/AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and has been a panelist in the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society in Deauville, France; the World Women’s Forum in Seoul, Korea; the Vital Voices of Asia Summit held in Delhi, India; the Asia Media Summit held in Bangkok; and many other places.