An award-winning international ambassador in the education field, Sunny Varkey works tirelessly to give young people around the globe access to the educational opportunities they deserve. As founder and chairman of GEMS Education--as well as founder and trustee of the Varkey GEMS Foundation--he brings children all around the world educational opportunities they might not otherwise have. As the leader of the GEMS Foundation, he encourages enrollment in schools and teacher training programs, helping connect children with the right educational resources and train the next generation of teachers. Sunny Varkey also leads the foundation in advocacy efforts, laying the regulatory foundation for stronger school systems around the world.
Many nations have recognized Sunny Varkey for these efforts, including Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and India. In 2007, he received the Middle East Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, and later, in 2011, the Russian government presented him with a Public Recognition award for his contributions to humanitarian aid to disabled children.