Director and Head of Admissions and Outreach, O P Jindal Global University
Arjun Puri was born and raised in Kolkata, back when it was still called Calcutta. As a young child he spent time in Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru – before their names changed. His last long-term home was London, and he fully expects it to call itself something else soon. Having schooled at the prestigious La Martiniere for Boys in Calcutta, he was appointed the 167th School Captain in 2002-03, he was also awarded the Founders Good Conduct Medal for his batch. At University, Arjun played cricket and represented the Gentleman's First Team in the West Indies. His run with the bat wasn't as good as he had hoped, his catching on tour was far better. Arjun graduated from the University of St Andrews in 2007 and worked as a banker with Merrill Lynch International Bank for close to 5 years, before he realized it was not for him. He continued supporting the Arsenal Football Club much to the dismay to those he's friends with. He moved back to India in the fall of 2011 and joined ITC’s rural development and farmer empowerment program, E- Choupal. His research took him to the remotest parts of the country where Arjun focused on the right to price information for the benefit of farmers. Post his stint in rural India, he took over as the Strategy Head at a leading consultancy in the high-school mentoring and study abroad sector. Arjun now divides his time between Gurgaon and Sonipat, and works in the education sector with the OP Jindal Global University in the capacity of Head of Admissions and Outreach. He teaches in the Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, where he finds inspiration in corridors and classrooms. He focusses on food and culture studies. He launched his first book at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival in 2015. He continues to write for leading publications, giving his opinion on most things food, cultural and cricket. With two books on its way, the times ahead are both nervy and exciting.