Co-Founder and Chairman, Global Schools Foundation (GSF), Singapore

Atul Temurnikar is a prominent member of the education industry in South East Asia, Middle East and India. He serves as a founding Trustee and Chairman of Singapore-based Global Schools Foundation (GSF), a not-for-profit organisation. Mr Temurnikar is a strong advocate of accessible, high-quality education that transcends socio-economic boundaries.

An eloquent speaker, Mr Temurnikar has delivered motivational speeches on leadership, entrepreneurship, life choices and the importance of education. He has been invited to speak at notable institutions like Singapore Management University (SMU) as well as several international conferences, including IFC World Bank (San Francisco) and the Global Convention of the Institute of Directors in London, among others.

Apart from educational and entrepreneurial initiatives, Mr Temurnikar has an extensive record of community service in Singapore, Japan and Malaysia. He has spearheaded social and educational initiatives in several countries, some of which he developed and launched in collaboration with governments.

A qualified engineer, Mr Temurnikar graduated from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in Nagpur, India before completing a master’s in management from the University of East London. He ventured into the education sector after a 14-year corporate stint with highly reputable global organizations such as IBM and HCL Technologies.

At IBM, he served as Country Manager for retail industry solutions and led e-commerce applications across South East Asia, capturing 70% market share.