Gurnek Bains was born into a Sikh family from the Punjab and arrived in Britain at the age of 7 to grow up in London’s East End where his parents worked on the railways or in local factories. The support he received from them, his teachers and fellow pupils gave him the confidence to flourish and he, along with all five of his brothers and sisters, went on to obtain degrees and post graduate qualifications. He was eventually awarded a doctorate in psychology from Oxford University.
In 1990 he co-founded YSC, a global leadership consultancy, that he led for 25 years as CEO and Chairman to a position where it now has 20 international offices and a client base comprising over half of the FTSE100. He is a trusted adviser to some of the most prominent business leaders in the world, the author of two books – Cultural DNA and Meaning Inc – as well as chairman of the internationally-acclaimed contemporary dance company, Akram Khan. He lives in London with his Australian-born wife, Kylie, and his two Arsenal-supporting children.
His background as an immigrant combined with his career as a psychologist and entrepreneur provided a source of strong personal motivation for founding Global Future as a think tank campaigning for Britain to remain outward-looking and open to the world. Gurnek Bains has experienced the UK as a young child arriving from India; he has benefitted from the dazzling opportunities it provided him; and he has helped propel some of its best businesses to new heights and into new markets abroad. He is now determined to do what he can to nurture Britain’s cultural vibrancy and economic vitality that plays such a big part in his own life – and that of our country too.