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Tarun Anand is a visionary leader in India’s management education diaspora. He runs the top-ranked Universal Business School, which he set up in 2009 as India’s first ‘Green Business School.’

He chose to develop award-winning BBA and MBA programs in India post his learnings from a highly distinguished corporate career of 25 years. At 35, Tarun Anand was elevated to the youngest Chairman & Managing Director of Thomson Reuters, South Asia. He served as Director on the Board of ANI achieving the highest growth rate across BRIC nations.  Anand also co-founded and served as Global Head of Strategy and Head of Asia-Pacific at FXMarketSpace (A Reuters & CME Group JV). His invention, “FXSettle” a revolutionary FX settlement solution, won several international innovation awards in 2008. In 2005, he was Global Head of Treasury, running  a $2 billion dollar business across 136 countries and was invited by the Reuters Group CEO to join the Reuters Innovation and Venture Board. His high profile career with Thomson Reuters spanned London, New York, Hong Kong & Mumbai.

Tarun has an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai and pursued Executive Education at Michigan Business School-USA, Tuck School of Business-USA and IE Business School-Spain. His passion to create a college program that contributes skilled, job ready candidates to satisfy the rigorous placement needs of India’s top corporates, led him to forge partnerships with leading global universities in UK, USA, France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Mexico and Bulgaria and bring global best practices in management education to India.

Anand was awarded the Education Evangelist of India by Great Place to Study in 2020 and selected as Global Goodwill Ambassador in 2018. He is a prolific TEDx Speaker and has spoken at Conference across 5 Continents. Under his leadership, the Universal Business School has become one of the leading B-schools of India, offering students excellent placement opportunities after their MBA.

He loves mountaineering and has scaled Mt. Kilimanjaro and represented India in International Rugby tournaments.

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Gurdip Singh Anand

Chairman and Principal Founder, Universal Business School

Mr. Anand is the Principal Founder of Universal Business School, India’s 1st Green Business School with a vision to bring international best practices in Management Education to India. Having experienced management education at the best international b-schools like Michigan University-USA and IMD-Switzerland and having taught for 30 years at leading B-schools like Jamnalal Bajaj(JBIMS),SPJIMR and NMIMS

Mr. Anand has 40 years of corporate experience and served at Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary in India for over a decade, in several managerial assignments, in different functional areas before heading the HR Function, in the Refining Company. He served as Head of HR function in Swiss MNC – Ciba Giegy (now Novartis) and Blue Star Ltd. Subsequently, Mr. Anand headed several Businesses and served on the Corporate Board of Blue Star Ltd, for five years. Finally, he headed the Thakral Group (Singapore based Group) in India as CEO and thereafter served as Managing Director of ATCO Group companies. During his managerial career, he has conducted business on all five continents. 

Mr. Anand has been a successful entrepreneur for the past 10 years, running a Management Consulting and Executive Training firm Business Scorecard India, with the Top 50 Indian Business houses (Tata Group, Aditya Birla Group, Godrej, Mahindra & Mahindra, Escorts, L&T etc., leading multinationals like Colgate, Pfizer, Gulf, Vodafone, British Telecom etc. and training Commanders of the Indian Navy at the Naval War College.

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