Atul Bhatnagar


Mr. Bhatnagar is the Chief Operating Officer of National Skill Development Corporation. He is a quintessential banker with over two decades experience in the global banking business.

As a Mechanical Engineer from IIT-Kanpur, Mr. Bhatnagar’s first stint in the corporate world, however, was in Tata Motors (then known as Telco) in 1985. After a two year stint in Telco, he went to IIM, Calcutta for a Post Graduate Diploma in Management majoring in Finance and Marketing. His career in banking started in 1989 when he joined Citibank in Chennai, where he was part of the team which launched the bank’s credit card business in India.

In 2008, he joined UK-based Barclays as Chief Operating Officer in Kenya where he spent the next four years. During his stint in Kenya, Mr. Bhatnagar won the ‘Male Diversity Champion’ award picked from among 1500 nominees from the bank’s global pool. Amongst all his achievements, he considers this as the most important one and in his own words the ‘Oscar among corporate awards’. The award was recognised by the bank’s female employees as the champion male colleague who strived to bring gender diversity at workplace for the bank globally.

During his stint in Barclays, he also bagged an award for the best COO in Africa and also helped his bank bag the Best IT Bank given by Business Journal Africa, which also featured him on the cover of the magazine’s July 2011 issue.

After spending nearly a decade and half outside India, Mr. Bhatnagar found his ‘home calling’ when the opportunity to work at NSDC came up in March of 2013.