Samir Saran


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Samir Saran is President of Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He spearheads ORF's outreach and business development activities. He curates Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economic, and chairs CyFy, India’s annual conference on cyber security and internet governance.

Samir is a frequent commentator on issues of global governance (climate change and energy policy, global development architecture, cyber security and internet governance) and on India's foreign policy. He is featured regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. His academic publications include India’s Climate Change Identity: Between Reality and Perception (Palgrave 2016); “New Norms for a Digital Society” (ORF Special Report, 2016); “India’s Contemporary Plurilateralism” in Oxford University Press Handbook on India’s Foreign Policy (2016); “Navigating the Digital Trilemma” in the latest CyFy Digital Debates, of which he is the editor; New Room to Manoeuvre: An Indian Approach to Climate Change (Global Policy–ORF Series, 2015); Attitudes to Water in South Asia (ORF–Chatham House report, 2014); and A Long Term Vision for BRICS, a comprehensive vision document submitted to the BRICS Think Tanks Council (2013). Samir's doctoral studies were on Indian attitudes towards climate change at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK. He has a Masters in media studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, and completed his electrical and electronics engineering degree from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Samir is Commissioner, The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, and member of the South Asia advisory board of the World Economic Forum as well as part of its Global Future Council on Cybersecurity. He is Director of the Centre for Peace and Security at the Sardar Patel Police University, Jodhpur, India.

Samir previously worked in the Indian private sector (1994 to 2008). He joined Reliance Industries Limited as a young engineer and served in various business sectors, including fibre and petrochemicals, power, telecom, retail and media. He rose to a leadership role within the Chairman’s office, where he was tasked specifically with managing the regulatory and media affairs of the group companies.