Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974, and served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2000-03; 2010-11); Oman (2003-04), and the UAE (2007-10). He was Additional Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2004-06. In 2006-07, he was Director General of the Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi. In July 2011, the Saudi Government conferred on him the King Abdul Aziz Medal First Class for his contribution to the promotion of Indo-Saudi relations. After retirement from Foreign Service, he has been working with an energy company in Dubai.He has published three books: Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates (2005); Children of Abraham at War: the Clash of Messianic Militarisms (2010); and The Islamist Challenge in West Asia - Doctrinal and Political Competitions after the Arab Spring (2013). He writes and lectures frequently on the politics of West Asia, Political Islam and energy security issues.
He is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow at ORF.