Posted on October 08, 2015, BY Staff

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Sunil Gulati '81, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, will be the third featured speaker in the 2015 Walling Lecture Series on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. 



Presented by the School of Management, the annual series brings highly accomplished Bucknellians to campus for on-stage interviews in which they share their leadership story and discuss their evolution as leaders.  

Elected U.S. Soccer president in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014, 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. A native of Allahabad, India, he has played an important role in the development of U.S. Soccer since the early 1980s and has been intimately involved in the rise of the U.S. national teams to prominence.  

Gulati served on the bid committee for the 1994 FIFA World Cup (the International Federation of Association Football) and chaired the U.S. bid efforts for the 2022 World Cup. He also served on the board of directors of FIFA Women's World Cup USA 1999 and 2003. Gulati serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the executive committees of FIFA and CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football).  

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 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. He rejoined the Columbia faculty on a full-time basis in 2003.

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