An activist and a social entrepreneur, he has been empowering informal workers by getting new laws ,polices and programs and by securing their access to markets, financial services and technology.. He played a pioneer role in getting a Street Vendors Act in India which empowers millions of street vendors against eviction and harrassment .He was elected as Ashoka and Eisenhower Fellow in 2007. He was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 by the Schwab Foundation at World Economic ForumIn 2012, Skoll Foundation awarded him with Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. He heads Nidan and is also the National Coordinator of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Co-Chairperson of Self Workers Global ,an International federation of Street Vendors based out of Madrid . He is also the Chairman of All India Unorganized Workers Congress . He holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Sociology from the Delhi University .