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Amb. Surendra Kumar (Retd)

After obtaining his MA (History) from Allahabad University joined Indian Foreign Service 1972. Began his diplomatic career in Mexico and served in Chile during the turbulent times following the military coup by General Augusto Pinochet as Cd’A (ai) of India as well as in-charge of Soviet and Czech Missions.

Served as the First Secretary Trade and Commerce in Hong Kong; Counsellor (Political Affairs) in Syriya and Minister (Press, Info & Cul) at the High  Commission of India in London. Interaction with the leading lights of the British Media, both the print media and the electronic media and numerous world famous cultural organizations was a hugely enriching experience.

Was India’s Ambassador to Libya, Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo and Eritrea & High Commissioner of India to Kenya, Swaziland and Malta.

While serving as the High Commissioner of India to Kenya was also India’s Permanent Representative to UNEP & UN HABITAT. “Is the Gandhian Path the right way forward for the conflict torn world?” & “Nehru, Non-alignment and Globalised World of the 21st Century” were some of the symposiums organized at the UNEP HQ in Nairobi. 

Also served as the Consul General of India in Chicago. While serving in the US, interacted and networked extensively with Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Mayors and influential Members of the rich Indian American community. Also befriended numerous internationally acclaimed academics, scholars, writers, journalists and Heads of NGOs and Cultural Organizations.

Spoke at the University of Chicago, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Northeastern University and Marquette, Wisconsin and Urbana Champagne Universities in USA.

Organised a number of Symposiums and talks at American Universities on subject such as India in the 21st Century, Gandhi in 21st Century, US-India Natural Allies in 21st Century and Relevance of Gandhian Thoughts after Sept 11, 2001.

Returned to India in Nov 2006 to serve as Secretary in the MEA/Dean of the Foreign Service Institute. Before retiring at the end of Feb 2008, organized a number of lectures by Indian Cabinet Ministers and   Internationally known personalities such as Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Wangari Mathaai, Dr. Sam Pitroda, Chairman Knowledge Commission; Dr. Marshall Bouton, President Chicago Council of Global Affairs; Lord Meghnad Desai, renowned Economist of the LSE; Dr. Vishakha Desai, President of Asia Society, New York; Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Prof. of Economics University of Chicago and Former Chief Economist of the IMF; Prof. Dipak Jain, Former Dean Kellogg School of Management & Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Former Under Secy Gen of the UN, now MOS, EA and Industrialists like Dr. Azim Premji, Chairman-WIPRO and Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Enterprises.

April 2008 to May 19, 2009 served as Advisor (International Relations) at INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage) and helped organize The Asian Regional Cooperation Conference on Heritage Management, Heritage Tourism, Conservation and Education in December 2008. Organized a lecture by HH The Dalai Lama.

During 35 year long diplomatic career has presented most of the world renowned Musicians and Dancers of India in different countries and also organized  Indian Film Festivals in various capitals of the world.

May 2009 to till date - Director General, The Global Economic Forum, Sponsored by Amity Universities.

Hobbies : reading & writing on international and cultural affairs, music and poetry.

Occasionally plays Bridge and Golf.

Member of Qutub Golf Course, Noida Golf Course, IIC and Delhi Gymkhana Club.

Publications:

  1. Legends of Indian Cinema (Pen portraits of Bollywood Idols)
  2. Kokila – novel
  3. In the Minds of the Maestros-coffee table book (Interviews with famous Indian Musicians and Dancers)
  4. India of My Dream-edited (edited versions of the speeches by dignitaries delivered at the foreign Service Institute).
Sirf Sipahi-a compilation of poems in Hindi
Founded Indo-American Friendship Association &
U.S. India Chamber of Commerce-Mid-West, in Chacago