Testimonials

Testimonials

As a Speaker

“Atul is one of my all-time favorite speakers–his sharp wit, engaging style, and encyclopedic knowledge are unparalleled, and he never pulls his punches. I always leave feeling smarter, entertained, and thinking differently about the world.”
Joseph Smarr
Senior Engineer at Google

“Atul Singh is a talented speaker with a broad-ranging mind. Over the last two decades he sought and achieved for himself a remarkably global worldview through formal education and through professional experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has extensive knowledge of history, culture, politics, economics, business, and law—and he understands them in ways that span continents and centuries. It is a truly a privilege to hear him speak on global affairs because of his mastery of content and his mastery of language—both English and Hindi. For him, language is a tool to powerfully, passionately, and artistically convey ideas and feelings. Atul is also extraordinarily thought-provoking. He thinks outside the box and is unafraid to raise difficult questions and challenge prevailing orthodoxies, yet he does so in a manner that is sincere, fair-minded, and respectful. His presentations are always stirring, always stimulating, and always memorable.”
Francis Flavin
Historian, Technologist & Member of Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, Works for the United States Government

As an Economist

“Atul is an extremely well rounded individual when it comes to political, international, and development economics. Ever since we met, Atul has shown an immense grasp and understanding for both the high principles and the messy realities of global economics. His passion, excellent academic education, and vast experience in the field, allows him to understand economic history, politics and society in a way to keep his finger on the pulse of the global economy. Most importantly, Atul avoids the herd, thinks critically and offers fresh perspectives that are invariable well thought through.”
Pablo A. Bejar
Macroeconomic Research Fellow, Research Department & Office of the Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank

“Atul Singh is a talented speaker with a broad-ranging mind. Over the last two decades he sought and achieved for himself a remarkably global worldview through formal education and through professional experience in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has extensive knowledge of history, culture, politics, economics, business, and law—and he understands them in ways that span continents and centuries. It is a truly a privilege to hear him speak on global affairs because of his mastery of content and his mastery of language—both English and Hindi. For him, language is a tool to powerfully, passionately, and artistically convey ideas and feelings. Atul is also extraordinarily thought-provoking. He thinks outside the box and is unafraid to raise difficult questions and challenge prevailing orthodoxies, yet he does so in a manner that is sincere, fair-minded, and respectful. His presentations are always stirring, always stimulating, and always memorable.”
Francis Flavin
Historian, Technologist & Member of Cosmos Club, Washington, DC, Works for the US Government

“Thanks to his eclectic background and interactions with the best brains in different fields, Atul has developed unique insights in understanding what drives economies. Unlike traditional economists, who often approach the subject from highly academic perspectives, Atul examines economics in a holistic and multidisciplinary manner. In a world increasingly gripped by the ‘man with a hammer syndrome,’ Atul comes as a whiff of fresh air, treating economic problems as mere symptoms of something more deep rooted and more integrated with our society and politics.”
Sunil Asnani
Lead Portfolio Manager & Head of India Strategy, Matthews Asia

As a Journalist

“Atul Singh is a remarkable leader in the field of global journalism. He founded Fair Observer in a time when independent news outlets were facing unprecedented challenges, and made it an influential success in a very short time. He mobilized journalists worldwide to contribute to what has become a must-read, and now consistently helps to explain the world to itself, in his column. He is rare in insisting in his reporting and opinion pieces that East and West talk to and understand each other and we need such leaders in the title of journalism now more than ever.”
Naomi Wolf
Author, Journalist & Former Political Adviser

“In a world increasingly getting disillusioned by the abuse of power, the use of violence and rampant corruption, it is individuals such as Atul Singh who represent the irrepressible human spirit unwilling to surrender itself to Mammon and brute power.”
Ishtiaq Ahmed
Professor Emeritus at Stockholm University and award winning author of many books, including Pakistan: The Garrison State, Origins, Evolution, Consequences (1947-2011), Oxford, 2013

“With near superhuman dedication and zest, Atul Singh launched and has nurtured Fair Observer since 2011, with the help of other serious and talented journalists, scholars and other contributors. Fair Observer employs a unique strategy for analyzing world and country affairs and presenting them to readers around the world. Perceptive and prominent observers of and participants in public life comment on developments in their own countries and in other countries and regions of the world. This double-barreled approach — insights from citizens of the country itself plus the perspectives of astute commentators from abroad — provides a rounded and unusually rich assessment of global and regional developments in lively prose that is clear and deeply grounded in their historical and cultural contexts.”
Jon Blake
Former Chair of the Management Committee, Covington (Washington, DC Headquartered Global Law Firm)

“Atul approaches issues in an authentic, clear thinking and fearless manner. As an editor-in-chief of a journal on world affairs, Atul has the rare combination of breadth, depth and curiosity. He reads and researches rigorously, and his insights are lucid. It is a pleasure to read Atul. He is my go-to journalist — someone who distills the issues to the very essence while also putting them in historical and intellectual perspective.”
Sanjay Sarma
Professor & Vice President for Open Learning at MIT

“Atul Singh is distinguished in many ways: he is a highly analytical writer, fair-minded commentator, curious cosmopolitan traveler, and an explorer and purveyor of truths. He writes with verve and brings to bear his knowledge about an impressive array of subjects when covering the most pressing issues of our times. Atul is also a fiery advocate for a brand of journalism, which ensures that multiplicities of perspectives, especially from the frequently forgotten Global South, are heard.”
Fasil Admetsion
Diplomat & Lawyer at the United Nations

As an Analyst of World Affairs

“Atul Singh stands out in my experience for his iconoclasm, intellectual (and physical) courage, sound and classic foundation of knowledge of international affairs, geostrategic perspectives, international economic issues and, importantly, historical perspective. But there is another point that sets Mr. Singh apart: He combines Western and non-Western paradigms of thought, without bias or the intellectual constraints that come from being bound to one or another. His mind goes where the facts and insight take him, while invariably encouraging intellectual challenge. No sacred ox is safe; no assumption ever accepted until proven; no proof is permanent; and he wants his interlocutors to challenge his assumptions and conclusions. In a 35 year career working on international affairs and strategic transnational issues I have met few interlocutors as stimulating.”
Glenn Carle
Foreign Policy and National Security Expert, Associate Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Former CIA Operative, Retired Deputy National Intelligence Officer & Author of The Interrogator

“I have found Mr. Atul Singh to be an incisive analyst of world affairs with exceptional ability to cut through tangled information and arrive at clear conclusions.”
Vappala Ramachandran
Retired Senior Intelligence Professional from India’s Research & Analysis Wing

“Atul Singh believes in multi-perspective approaches to solve problems in today’s interconnected world. That is why Singh has established a worldwide network of experts and thought leaders to make sense of the major levers of change in our globalized world. Through Fair Observer, Singh has brought together a community of global citizens and high quality content on major issues. I am most impressed by Singh’s writing, understanding and leadership.”
Dr. Wolfram Nolte
Retired CFO of Metzler Bank & Former Partner at McKinsey

“Atul Singh is one of the brightest minds I have come across. I knew him before he left Indian shores and lived for a short time in the hills among the Naga tribes. And ever since Singh founded the Fair Observer, I have been an avid reader and ardent admirer. His analyses of issues and events are not only supported by facts but also demonstrate an uncanny insight into long-term trends. Singh sees things differently and presents his thoughts in an interesting and lively way. As a former journalist myself, I know this is hard, to keep doing time after time. He has my abiding admiration and much respect.”
Charles Chasie
Author and Independent Researcher

“Atul Singh is one of the most brilliant minds of his generation. The depth of his historical knowledge, political understanding and economic expertise is unmatched. Atul combines this depth with unmatched skills to transmit ideas, question assumptions and inspire others around him.
Atul is a grand contemporary and provocative thinker with outstanding knowledge of the ancient, Renaissance and modern masters. He is highly proficient in understanding, analyzing and communicating on the shifts underway in the world.”

Olivier Lavinal
Program Manager at the World Bank

As an Educator

“I had the pleasure of attending Atul’s class on political economy at the University of California, Berkeley in 2015. It was an unforgettable learning experience in my life and I am grateful for the chance to access to Atul’s brilliant thinking. It is almost a cliché that Atul is a walking encyclopedia but his gift lies in explaining complex ideas simply.
As an educator, he not only made us learn and think, but he also inspired us with his infectious enthusiasm and independent spirit. It is my honor to have been Atul’s student and now friend.”

Yin Yi
Student at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University

“Atul Singh is able to explain complex topics from politics, economy and history simply and clearly, cutting through jargon and confusion. He inspires his students to think critically and engage confidently with seemingly difficult ideas.

Singh leaves his class with well-grounded knowledge but also the ability to connect the dots. They are better thinkers who are less likely to be taken in by poor arguments or populist sentiments. His passionate teaching style and his genuine interest in his students make Atul a teacher you never forget.”
Fabian Henrichs
German Air Force Officer

“Since my schools day I always thought that history was only about facts and figures. But my perception of the subject has flipped because of Atul. He made me realize that history is more about logic, thinking and understanding. His lectures are very interesting and I have yet to attend a single lecture where I have not learned something new.”
Yashasvi Modi
Student at IIT Gandhinagar

“Atul Singh is one of the most talented and engaging academic leaders we have invited to our university. Through smart questions, he manages to guide students into a deep understanding of the biggest issues in the world today.”
Juan Villalobos Revello
Department Chair Communication & Digital Arts at Tecnológico de Monterrey

“I found that Atul provides an excellent overview of interconnected and interrelated historical socio-economic events, which he explains in the light of the political environment of the era. He has the knack of igniting the minds of his students by presenting interesting facts, asking incisive questions and questioning dominant assumptions so that they can derive their own conclusions.”
Rajan Shastry
Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

“In the classroom, Atul has a keen ability to bring out not only the opinions of his students, but how their diverse personal narratives — their stories — shape their worldview and apply to the subject hand. While uncomfortable at first, even the shyest students find themselves speaking up in class to challenge the assumptions of their classmates.”
Luke Sherman
Alumnus of University of California, Berkeley

“Atul pushes his students to write succinctly, thoughtfully and originally. He made us believe in our ideas and infused us with confidence to express them. By the end of his class, we learnt to think critically and express ourselves clearly.”
Khulan Erdenebaatar
Project Manager at TM Davis & Associates

“It’s a pleasure to attend Atul’s class . He keeps everyone ‘awake’ and “on the toes” by his energy, interaction and knowledge, which are contagious. Atul captivates his class by engaging them with ideas and asking thoughtful questions. His teaching technique blends captivating oratory with multimedia resources inspires his students to learn.

Most importantly, Atul’s class is not a one way street, it’s a multi-lane two way highway where students participate enthusiastically. I wish, our school and college teachers could take some tips from Atul in establishing that ‘bond’ between the teacher and the taught.”
Kujad Jani
Ex-Naval Officer and Entrepreneur

“As Atul’s student at UC Berkeley, I found his course both highly interesting and most relevant. The most valuable and enjoyable aspect of Atul’s course was his ability to transmit his passion for debate, discussion and intellectual inquiry to his students. It is an honor to have been Atul’s student and a pleasure to get to know him as a human being.”
Michael Kronberger
Quantitative Analyst, Strategic Intelligence

“Atul Singh helps you understand modern day and historical events in a unique and holistic way. His energetic and dramatic teaching style lights a fire in the classroom, and students have a challenging educational experience that the Greeks must have once felt with Socrates and Plato.”
Raj Jaswa
Former President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)

“My expectations and stereotypes of an ideal course in political economy were shattered by the unapologetic, intense, and eccentrically brilliant Atul Singh. He is a tried and true seeker of knowledge and truth. Singh’s ferocity in the classroom, his incessant Socratic questioning and love for a good argument ignited meaningful discourse, provoked passionate debates and enhanced our understanding of the subject. Atul Singh may not fit any box but he is certainly in the mold of the great freethinking scholars of the past.”
Mearlear Banzon
Alumnus of University of California, Berkeley

“I was one of the lucky students in Atul’s Political Economy class in the University of California, Berkeley. He inspired each of us and has influenced us profoundly.

Atul is one of the most intelligent persons I have met. He is an exceptional scholar with encyclopedic knowledge of history, economics, philosophy, politics international affairs and more. By connecting dots across time and space, Atul enables his students to have a deeper understanding of globalization and the world economy.

Atul is a romantic educator, who does not just impart information but delights in making his students to question and think. His charm, eloquence and charisma trigger deep and insightful class discussions, which leaves all students enriched. What impresses me most is the way Atul brings those discussions outside the classroom.

During my time in Berkeley, Atul hosted dinner parties in which students from around the world discussed all kinds of issues, from politics and economics to culture and economics. Those conversations went until well past midnight, and I believe that I had learned even more from them than Atul’s dynamic classes.

Atul is an outstanding educator with passion, intuition and wisdom. It is my great honor to be one of Atul’s students.”
Dan Pan
Student at Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University

As a Strategist

“I had the opportunity to work with Atul at my startup in 2015. Atul was able to dissect our roadmap and give us a clear positioning of the company from investors and partners perspective. Within few sessions, we had a clear short-term and long-term business strategy and detailed business/product alignment. I highly recommend Atul for his candid interactions, convincing arguments, and vast repertoire of knowledge.”
Parham Akhavan
Founder & CEO NewsPal Media