Founder & Editor-in-Chief
Atul Singh is a leader and an adventurer who has succeeded in many professions on different continents. In India, Atul founded “A Creative Effort”, a non-profit that worked for social and educational reform. He also served as an officer in Kashmir and Nagaland where he was involved in sensitive special operations in volatile areas. In the UK, he worked as a corporate lawyer in London at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and at White & Case. In the US, he worked in the Bay Area at ClairMail, a startup in the mobile banking space with Joe Salesky.
Atul’s education has been international and multidisciplinary. He was a Radhakrishnan Scholar at Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics and studied English Literature and History at Lucknow University in India. He trained as a lawyer in London and then completed his MBA at Wharton from where he graduated with a triple major in Entrepreneurship, Finance and Strategy. More than the degrees he has collected, what defines Atul is his curiosity.
Atul came up with the idea of Fair Observer at the New York Global Media Summit held in 2010. He perceived three main problems with global media. One, there is too little analysis of news coverage in a world awash with information; two, the little analysis that exists is invariably ethnocentric and partisan; and three, analysis that exists is often without valuable context. He envisaged Fair Observer as a means to solve these problems for the global audience by providing readers with incisive, concise and in-depth analysis of key world issues by people from diverse disciplines and from around the world to provide a plurality of perspectives.
Abul-Hasanat Siddique is the Managing Editor at Fair Observer. Having co-authored his first book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, Abul-Hasanat's main research interests lie in the upheaval sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, and the rise of political Islam. His other research interests include socio-economic development in Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria, the history and future of the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Al Jazeera's rise as a pan-Arab news broadcaster.
Abul-Hasanat is the former Middle East Editor at Fair Observer. Having worked at Fair Observer since May 2011, he has been a pivotal figure with the growth and success of the company.
Previously, Abul-Hasanat worked as a News Editor for the Gorkana Group. He is currently completing his thesis for his MSc in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), exploring the notion of post-Islamism and the Arab Uprisings. He also holds a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Media Studies from the City University London. He intends to pursue a PhD.