Atul concentrated in Finance and Management at Wharton and pursued liberal arts coursework focused on Latin American and South Asian studies at the College. Atul counts his study abroad experience in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the Fall of 2001 as a transformational experience, where he saw first-hand the many dimensions of a country heading into a severe economic crisis. His internship at a non-profit organization called Endeavor, which works with entrepreneurs in developing countries, inspired him to return to Argentina the following summer. Funded by a grant from Penn's Zicklin Center for Business Ethics, he conducted research on corporate social responsibility from the perspective of entrepreneurs. The research served as a foundation for his senior thesis and gave him direct access to a few dozen business leaders as they navigated their way through an economic collapse.
Atul continued his exploration of the region by interning at a boutique merger advisory firm in Chile and later pursuing a Fulbright Fellowship in Mexico City where he re-connected with Endeavor and also completed a case study on venture financing in Mexico. After an adventurous five years away from the New York area, he entered the finance field in 2004 as an investment banking analyst at Citigroup and in 2006 joined a proprietary investing group within Goldman Sachs, where among other things he has been involved in managing several of the firm's public and private equity investments in companies based in Latin America.