Founder and Chairman, GEMS Education
"Global access to broadband represents one of the great hurdles in unleashing humanity’s full potential. The Broadband Commission is vital in bringing together multiple stakeholders to overcome it. Access to information, and with it education, is a fundamental human right. We cannot allow there to be a global digital divide between those who are fully connected to the world and those who are not."
Sunny Varkey is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the GEMS Education Group, one of the world's leading education providers. He is a passionate education entrepreneur who is the driver behind GEMS' mission to advance education for all. Mr Varkey believes in the power of education to reduce poverty, prejudice and conflict around the world. He is the founder of the Varkey Foundation and the Global Teacher Prize.
Mr Varkey's visionary's ambition and campaigning efforts have been widely recognised. In 2012 he was named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Education Partnerships. The United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education conferred an award of distinction for Mr Varkey's service to education in 2011. The Indian Government has honoured him in 2009 with the Padmashri Award, one of the highest civilian honours, and the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Eminent Educationist in 2008.