Founder, chief executive officer and editor-in-chief of Fair Observer, an independent media platform; Atul Singh has also taught at many institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley and the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar. Earlier years saw Singh being a combat officer in India’s border regions of Nagaland and Kashmir as well as a lawyer in London working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and White & Case.
In an age where there are six jobs in public relations for every job in journalism in the US, Singh is a rare media entrepreneur who has successfully swum against the tide. He pioneered a new model of bottom-up, citizen journalism with a rigorous editorial filter. As a result, people can find perspectives by more than 2,000 contributors from more than 80 countries around the world, from Mumbai and Nairobi to Munich and New York on one media platform. In a world of clickbait, echo chambers and fake news, Atul Singh has been a leader for thoughtful, deep and diverse journalism.
Atul Singh has a rare ability to see under the surface and around corners. He was ahead of the curve in observing and analysing the rise of populism in the form of Brexit, the rise of Donald Trump or the emergence of Narendra Modi. Recently, he has written a chapter on Brexit in a book on populist nationalism.
He has spoken at institutions such as the United Nations, Google, Deloitte, Harvard and MIT.
Atul Singh is a modern day Renaissance man with multicultural eclectic experiences in many countries and multiple professions with an interdisciplinary background. It is no wonder that a Googler introduced him as “the most interesting man in the world” before his prescient talk on the global rise of the far-right in August 2016.
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