Ambassador Gurjit Singh is a former Indian diplomat with thirty-seven years of experience encompassing positions as Ambassador of India to Germany, Indonesia, ASEAN, Ethiopia, and the African Union besides having been in Japan, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Italy on assignment.
He has authored five books the latest of which is The Harambee Factor: India-Africa Economic and Development Partnership. His earlier books are Opportunity Beckons: Adding Momentum to the Indo-German Partnership (on how India and Germany can diversify and intensify their relations in a globalizing world as good partners);
Masala Bumbu: Enhancing the India Indonesia Partnership, and Travels through Time: The story of India and Indonesia were both well received. He has also written on India’s engagement with Japan and Ethiopia.
He has an abiding interest in issues of sustainable development. He speaks on and contributes to economic, developmental, and strategic issues to various journals and books. He focuses on India’s foreign policy, on Japan, ASEAN and the Indo-Pacific, and on Africa and Europe.
He is an Honorary Professor of Humanities at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indore. He Chairs the CII business Task Force on Trilateral Cooperation in Africa. He introduced several Indian Civil Society Organisations to Africa and remains engaged with the CSO sector. He is on the Boards of CSOs, Foundations, and Schools, and is associated with the social impact investment movement in India, ASEAN and Africa.
He was schooled at the Mayo College, Ajmer. He graduated with Honours in Politics from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. He has a Masters in International Politics from the School of International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University. He also done programs at the IIFT, IIMC and the Indian School of Business.