Gulshan Nanda has worked for over five decades in marketing Indian handicrafts and textiles. She retired as the (Hon) Chairperson of Central Cottage Industries Emporium. Since 2000 she has worked on the research and advocacy activities of CRT. She was a Member of the Planning Commission Steering Committee for Handloom and Handicrafts for the 12th Five Year plan, and Chairperson of the working group on Handicrafts. She has been awarded the Padma Shree by the Government of India for her services to the craft Sector.