Arundati Dandapani, MLITT, CAIP, CIPP/C’s first story “The Free Mango” appeared in The Hindu‘s weekend edition, followed by several years of varied publications including her first book’s release in April 2002 that earned global coverage in prime publications, television and bookstores. Her e-book proposal won her the second prize from the Scottish Sunday Herald in 2012. Since the age of eight and to date, her work has appeared often in local and global media.

Arundati is pictured below with the 11th Indian President the late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam below at his official residence exchanging signed copies of each other’s books– only a few months after she first met with the 39th American President Mr. Jimmy Carter during a work-assignment for C-SPAN’s BOOKTV channel in Washington DC.

Arundati has earned various global data analytics and insights industry honours such as being featured in the 24th Edition of the GreenBook Research Industry Trends Report  for receiving their inaugural industry awards recognizing leaders or the GRIT 2019 Future List Honourees.’s video pitch “Disruption by Design” was also selected to be an ESOMAR YES Award finalist for the LATAM-APAC Conference in Macau 2019. A woman immigrant professional, she weaves the stories of Canada’s fastest growing demographic, its newcomers, growing the mosaic of voices and viewpoints at the forefront of insight innovation. She also earned the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) 2020 Burns Bud Roper Fellow and the QRCA Young Professionals Grant in 2020. Arundati also sits on the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Certification Advisory Board and guides their best practices.

A seasoned non-profit association leader, Arundati most recently served as the CIO – Chief Editor & Intelligence Officer of Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Certified Analytics and Insights Professionals of Canada (CAIP-PAIM), both roles she created when identifying a gap in the industry marketplace to consolidate the national industry. She is also a designated analytics and insights leader (CAIP recognized by CAIP Canada), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/C) as recognized by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and leads on the certification advisory board of the global IAPP’s governing board for its entire certification program accredited by ISO and ANSI standards. Arundati is also a proud member of The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC), the national organization of professionally published writers founded in 1973 to work with governments, publishers, booksellers, and readers to improve the conditions of Canadian writers.

She is a passionate advocate for innovation in business and social research with specific success leading non-profits, legal cannabis and newcomer integration initiatives. She is a data, analytics, insights C-exec and strategic advisor instrumental in the visioning, execution and launch of successful member-driven programs, research, platforms, publications, events and certifications including the development of educational and instructional exam resources for the ongoing support and growth of the industry’s professionals and resilient organizations. Arundati is often invited to partner, present at, chair and review key industry conferences, judge prestigious awards, advise or pilot boards and committees, and is well-published nationally and internationally.

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Arundati Dandapani (extreme R) with Dan Quirk (C) and Esther Bolt (L) at the Quirk’s NYC exhibition hall. Photo by Nelson Davis.
IIeX Feb 2019 in Amsterdam above and IIeX North America 2019 in Austin below.

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In 2022, Arundati was named an Insight250 Judge for the 2022 global competition.

Arundati was also selected to be a judge for the Canadian Marketing Association’s Annual Awards for 2022

The lion and giraffes pictured above are a reminder of the jungle truth (and business metaphor) that the kick of a giraffe is strong enough to kill a lion, unless the lion gets at its neck first. This only goes to say that showcasing one’s strengths and playing to their advantage drives a lot of sound strategy, success and sustainability. No matter your “spot” in the jungle you will blaze new trails with that awareness in place.