Sunil Gulati has more than 30 years of experience at all levels of soccer in the United States and has helped the sport rise to new heights.
Elected U.S. Soccer President in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, Gulati was also elected to the FIFA Executive Committee at the CONCACAF Congress on April 19, 2013, in Panama City, Panama. During a four-year term, Gulati will serve as one of three representatives from the Confederation that encompasses North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
A native of Allahabad, India, Gulati has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980’s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. National Teams to prominence. Gulati continues his mission of improving soccer in the United States by taking an active approach on improving the structure and development of the sport in the country, while also reaching out to broaden the organization’s relationships within the international community.
As a highly regarded senior lecturer in the economics department at Columbia University, Gulati balances his academic work with numerous responsibilities within the sport worldwide.
He held the position of Major League Soccer’s Deputy Commissioner from its launch until 1999 before becoming the President of Kraft Soccer Properties, a position he served in until 2011.
Before stepping into his role as President, he served as the U.S. Soccer’s Executive Vice President from 2000 to 2006. In the last year of that role, he led an overhaul of U.S. Soccer’s governance institutions and policies. He has held numerous other positions in U.S. Soccer, including Interim General Secretary, Managing Director of National Teams, Chairman of the International Games Committee, Chairman of the National Teams Committee and Chairman of the Technical Committee. He served on U.S. Soccer Board of Directors since 1995. Gulati served on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup and Chaired the U.S. bid efforts for the 2022 World Cup.
He was also the original Managing Director of U.S. Soccer’s Project 2010 and served as Chairman of both U.S. Cup '92 and U.S. Cup ’93, two events that helped showcase U.S. Soccer’s rise and prepare the federation for the upcoming 1994 FIFA World Cup. Additionally, Gulati served on the Board of Directors of FIFA Women’s World Cup USA 1999 and 2003.
Currently, Gulati is a member of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation.
At the FIFA level, Gulati has served on the FIFA Confederations Cup Committee, the Strategic Committee, the Youth Competitions Committee, the FIFA Task Force Football 2014, FIFA Ticketing Subcommittee, and Independent Governance Committee, a group which provides recommendations for governance changes within the FIFA structure. Currently, he is the Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Gulati graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University and earned his M.A. and M. Phil. in Economics at Columbia University. He served on the Columbia Economics Faculty from 1986 to 1990 before joining the World Bank through its Young Professionals Program in 1991 and serving as a country economist for the emerging country of Moldova.
Gulati, 56, and his wife, Marcela, have one son, Emilio, and one daughter, Sofia. They live in New York City.