Gunvant Shah is an essayist, educationist, columnist and philosophy writer from Gujarat, India. He taught at various universities and participated in various education oriented events and organisations. His large number of essays, including philosophical essays, are published as books. He received Ranjitram Suvarna Chandrak in 1997 and Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, in 2015. He served as Lecturer and Reader in the M. S. University and was also a Visiting Professor to the University of Michigan. He had founded a youth movement called Panchasheel. He has worked as education expert with renowned organisations like Unesco, UGC and Asian Development Bank.