Saumya Roy is a social entrepreneur, journalist, and activist based in Mumbai. She co-founded Vandana Foundation in 2016, a non-profit that provides microloans to entrepreneurs in Mumbai and rural Maharashtra. She has written for Forbes India
magazine, wsj.com, The Wire (India)
, The Wire (China)
and Bloomberg News,
among others. While working on Castaway Mountain
, Saumya received fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center, Blue Mountain Center, Carey Institute for Global Good, Sangam House, and Dora Maar House. In 2019, she appeared on the Solvable
podcast series, featuring those working to solve the world's most intractable problems.