Navdeep Suri is Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Centre for New Economic Diplomacy (CNED). He leads existing CNED programmes in Morocco, Kigali and Dhaka — and in creating new areas of focus in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Gulf.
Navdeep has had a 36-year long career in the Indian Foreign Service. He served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London. He was India’s Consul General in Johannesburg, High Commissioner to Australia and Ambassador to Egypt and the UAE. He also headed West Africa and Public Diplomacy departments in India’s Ministry of External Affairs.
Navdeep has a master’s degree in economics. He has written on India’s public diplomacy and soft power, India’s Africa policy and the Indian IT outsourcing industry. He has also translated three classic Punjabi works into English — The Watchmaker (Penguin), A Life Incomplete (Harper Collins), and Khooni Vaisakhi (Harper Collins).
Navdeep’s initiative to introduce social media in the Ministry of External Affairs and its diplomatic missions in 2010 was commended. His contribution to building stronger ties between India and UAE was recognised by the President of UAE when he conferred on Navdeep the country’s second highest civilian award — the Order of Zayed II.
- Economic Diplomacy
- International Relations
- French (limited knowledge)