Col. (Retd.) Gopal Karunakaran

Col. Gopal Karunakaran is the CEO of the Shiv Nadar School. He is an M Phil, and an MA from Madras University.

While with the Indian Army, he was chosen for the United Nations Mission in Kuwait in a multi-lateral and multicultural environment.

Gopal’s belief in education as a tool for social transformation has driven him to absorb a rich and diverse experience across all facets of school education including policy, academic leadership, operations and business; and has helped him gain important perspectives on the key drivers of the education sector in India.

He has been a member of the National Committee of Education of the Confederation of Indian Industries since 2008 and was part of the team which formulated draft proposals to the Government on the Right to Education Act.

Along with an obsessive compulsion to read and write, he is a prolific public speaker, is fanatical about sport, and still wistfully believes he can play competitively at 56.