Chief Executive, Common Purpose Asia-Pacific

Adirupa Sengupta

Adirupa joined Common Purpose in 2001 as Programme Director in London, subsequently moving to the East Midlands as Regional Director. She then focused on international development; launching and growing Common Purpose in India, Ghana and Hong Kong and supporting the start-up in Turkey. Prior to becoming Chief Executive of Common Purpose Asia Pacific, she was Chief Executive of Common Purpose UK.

She has over the years launched some key initiatives for Common Purpose; the About Time campaign (aimed at increasing the number of people holding public appointments from the three under-represented strands across the UK of women, people from ethnic minorities and people with disabilities), and the Dishaa and Dao Xiang programmes. She currently leads CSCLeaders, which is the renewal of the Commonwealth Study Conferences - for the 21st century - and a partnership between Common Purpose and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's Commonwealth Study Conferences (UK Fund).

Adirupa brings passion, energy and commitment to developing cross-cultural relationships and has extensive knowledge and experience of working across different countries, cities and cultures to help leaders learn through experiences in order to tackle complex problems and develop their ability to work collaboratively.

Prior to Common Purpose, she worked as a Consultant with the Morgan Chase Group in the City of London and as a Consultant to the Indian Council for Research in International Economic Relations in New Delhi.

Adirupa was born in India. She read for an MPhil in International Relations at St. John's College, University of Cambridge. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School's High Potential Leadership Programme.