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Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh
(Director General, Delhi Policy Group)

Ambassador Hemant Krishan Singh served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1974-2010 and is a distinguished former career diplomat with extensive experience of geo-strategic and geo-economic issues as well as multilateral institutions, which underpin international law and commerce.
 
He has been India’s longest serving Ambassador to Japan (2006-2010), Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste (2003-2006), Ambassador to Colombia, Ecuador and Costa Rica (1999-2002), and India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (1995-1999). He has held several significant assignments during his career, dealing with the United States, West Europe and the European Union and India’s immediate neighbours.
 
Ambassador Singh has contributed to the forging of the India-Japan strategic and global partnership, the intensification of India's relations with Indonesia and ASEAN, the evolution of India's revitalised Look East Policy and the shaping of India’s policy towards key neighbours and strategic partners.
 
From 2011-2016, Ambassador Singh was Professor for Strategic Studies at ICRIER, a leading think tank in New Delhi, and has been associated with several public policy initiatives and Track II / Track 1.5 strategic dialogues involving major Think Tanks of India, Japan, Asia and the US. He has written and worked extensively on the ongoing transformation of India’s relations with the United States and Japan and their growing convergences in shaping Asia's emerging economic and security architecture. He is a member of several statutory and advisory corporate boards and has been Senior Advisor at Dua Consulting since 2013.
 
In June 2016, Ambassador Singh assumed responsibilities as Director General, Delhi Policy Group, which is among India’s oldest independent think tanks focused on strategic issues of critical national interest.
 
An alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi, where he studied (1967-72) and later taught (1972-74), Ambassador Singh holds an M.A. degree from the University of Delhi. His varied interests include civilisation and culture, the natural environment and sports. 

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LT. GEN. ADITYA SINGH PVSM, AVSM** (RETD)
(Senior Fellow)

Lieutenant General (retd.) Aditya Singh was formerly a member of India's National Security Advisory Board. Currently, he is Senior Fellow at the Delhi Policy Group. General Singh retired in Sep 2007 as GOC-in-C of the Southern Command - the largest and senior-most Command of the Indian Army.

Prior to this he had been Commander-in-Chief(C-in-C), Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) Command - the only Joint Command of India from Jan 2005 in the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami of 26 Dec 2004. In this capacity, he was also the Vice Chairman and Operational Head of the Integrated Relief Command responsible for the emergency relief and successful rehabilitation of the ravaged Islands.

A fourth generation Army Officer he volunteered as a continuum of the family legacy which dates back to 1859. He completed his education from Mayo College, Ajmer, and was commissioned into the Indian Armoured Corps in 1967 at the top of his batch. A graduate of Staff College, Camberly (UK) in 1978, he obtained a Masters Degree in Military Science in 1990 and is an alumnus of the Indian National Defence College. He is a three times recipient of the highest national awards for distinguished service and a former Aide de Camp to The President of India.

He now devotes time to strategic and national security issues, looking after educational establishments and building institutions.
 
Ambassador Biren Nanda
(Senior Fellow)

Upon completion of his Post Graduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Mr. Biren Nanda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1978.Mr. Nanda has previously served as a diplomat in Indian Missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo.He was the Consul General of India in Shanghai from 1996-2000, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Tokyo from 2000-2004, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia from 2008 to 2012 and High Commissioner of India to Australia from 2012 to 2015.Mr Nanda retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January this year (2015)
 
Vice Admiral Anup Singh VICE ADMIRAL ANUP SINGH, PVSM, AVSM, NM (Retd) (Former Commander-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, India)
(Senior Fellow)

Commissioned on 01 Jul 1973, Vice Admiral Anup Singh served the Indian Navy till 2011. While commanding the Western Fleet in 2006, he had led Operation “Sukoon”, the evacuation of Indian and other nationals from war-torn Lebanon. His last assignment in the Navy was that of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, India’s Eastern Naval Command, from where he superannuated in Oct 2011. 
Currently occupied with the bilateral dialogue and seminar circuit, his areas of research include Maritime Security, the South and East China Sea Imbroglios, Energy Security (and security of energy at sea), and the Blue Economy.
He is visiting faculty at the National Defence College (NDC), New Delhi, the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC), Wellington, the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), and some other institutions in India. He holds the following Honorary assignments with various think tanks:-

•    Member, Executive Council, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi
•    Member, Armed Forces Historical Research Board, at the United Services Institution of India (USI), New Delhi
•    Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group (DPG)
•    Visiting Fellow, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi
•    Director (Strategic Studies) and Managing Editor, Society for Indian Ocean Studies (SIOS)
•    Advisor (History), Indian Navy
•    Member, Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on India-Indonesia Relations

Email: anupsingh51@gmail.com
Cell: +91 9560123745
 
Rana Benerjee
(Senior Fellow)

Mr. Banerji joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1972. During his 37-year career, he held important positions in the state of Assam, in the central government in Delhi, as well as in Indian missions abroad. He retired in October 2009 as Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. During his stint in the central government, Mr. Banerji dealt with security and intelligence-related issues impinging on National Security Policy formulation, with focused expertise on the South Asian region.

Mr. Banerji has a Bachelor’s degree in Science and a Master’s Degree in Political Science. He has carried out studies and field work on expanding the bank network and rural credit recovery and on jhum cultivation in Northeast India. He has also delivered lectures at government training institutions like the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, and the National Police Academy, Hyderabad.

Mr. Banerji received the Prime Minister’s Sarvottam Sewa Praman Patra in 2003.
 
Brig. Arun Sahgal
(Senior Visiting Fellow)

Arun Sahgal a retired Brigadier of the Indian Army is the Executive Director of the Forum for Strategic Initiative, a policy think tank focusing on national security, diplomacy and Track II Dialogues. He was previously the founding Director of the Office of Net Assessment, Indian Integrated Defense Staff (IDS), Head of the Center for Strategic Studies and Simulation, United Services Institute of India, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. His research comprises scenario planning workshops, geopolitical and strategic assessments related to Asian security, and issues concerning nuclear doctrine and strategic stability in South Asia. His publications include co-authored books and net assessments for the IDS, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and the Indian National Security Council (NSC), among other clients. He has been a member of the Task Force on Net Assessment and Simulation, under the NSC, and a consultant with DRDO. He recently finished a monograph on Strategic Stability in South Asia for Sandia Laboratories, USA. He conducts simulation and strategic games at IDS, the Ministry of Defense, National Defense College, College of Defense Management, and other international clients. He is member of many Track 1.5 and 2 initiatives.
 
Arjun Katoch
(Senior Fellow)

Arjun Katoch is a decorated former Colonel of The Parachute Regiment of the Indian Army who took voluntary retirement in 1991. Has extensive combat and counter insurgency experience in India and Sri Lanka where he commanded a Special Forces battalion with the IPKF.
 
He joined the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs in 1993 and served with them till retirement from the UN in end 2009. He has worked in the field in complex emergencies in Somalia, Armenia and the Great Lakes Region of Africa. From 1999 -2009 he was Chief, Field Coordination Support Section of the UN OCHA in Geneva and managed the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team and International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG). During this period, he has been responsible for the immediate international emergency response to over 140 major disasters and emergencies around the world and has deployed to the field to all the major ones. Also held additional charge for two years as Chief, Civil – Military Coordination Section of UN OCHA.
 
After retirement from the UN in 2009 he is a Disaster Management Advisor who has supported various Governments, the UN and International Agencies around the world. Was a member of the Planning Commission’s Working Group on Disaster Management for the 12th Five Year Plan.
 
He is currently an active member of the UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination team and in 2011 was the Team Leader of the UN team requested by the Government of Japan for the Great Tohuku earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima- Daiichi nuclear emergency. He was also a member of the UN team to Nepal after the April 2015 earthquake.
 
From 2012 -2015 he has been the Mentor to the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar for urban search and rescue issues.
 
He has numerous articles and publications in international journals and is a regular speaker on disaster response issues around the world and is on the Editorial Board of Crisis Response, UK 
 
 
Arvind Virmani
(Distinguished Fellow)

Arvind Virmani is Chairman of the Policy Foundation, President of the non-profit Chintan® (www.ChintanLive.org ), is mentor (public policy & economics) to FICCI, Member of RBI Technical Advisory Committee on Monetary policy & of Governing Board of Forum For Strategic Initiatives (FSI) and The Center for Poliy Research (CPR).

He was earlier Executive Director, IMF and Distinguished Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy, GMU.  He has been an advisor to the Indian Government at the highest levels for 25 years, including as Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance and Principle Advisor, Planning Commission.  During this period he advised on a host of economic policy reforms, through numerous policy papers/notes, member of numerous committees and as Chair of committees on Public Debt management and Customs duty reform.  He has served as Member, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) and the Appellate Tribunal for SEBI Act, Chairman, Board of Trustees of SBI Mutual Fund, and Director on the Boards of several financial institutions [LIC, PNB, Allahabad Bank and UTI (Trustee)]. 

In between he directed the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) as its Chief Executive. He has published 33 journal articles and 20 book chapters in the areas of Macroeconomics, growth and finance, International trade & Tariffs and International relations.  His books include, The Sudoku of India’s Growth, From Uni-polar To Tri polar World: Multi-polar Transition Paradox, Propelling India From Socialist Stagnation To Global Power), Accelerating Growth and Poverty Reduction–A Policy Framework for India’s Development.
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/dravirmani/  Blog: http://dravirmani.blogspot.in/ 
 
Admiral Arun Prakash
(Distinguished Fellow)

Admiral Arun Prakash retired as India’s 20th Naval Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff in end-2006.  An aviator by specialisation, during his 40 year career, he commanded a carrier-borne fighter-squadron, a naval air station and four warships; including the aircraft-carrier INS Viraat. He has also logged over 2500 hours in fighters, patrol aircraft and helicopters.
 
In flag rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet, the National Defence Academy, the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command and the Western Naval Command.  On staff, he served as the head of the Aviation and Personnel Branches of the navy and as the Vice Chief of Naval Staff. During his tenure at the helm, the navy saw many initiatives being launched in the fields of doctrine, strategy, transformation and foreign maritime cooperation.
 
He is a graduate of the IAF Test Pilots School, Defence Services Staff College and the US Naval War College. During the 1971 War, he was awarded the Vir Chakra while flying with an IAF fighter squadron in the Punjab.
 
Post-retirement, he served two terms as a member of the National Security Advisory Board and was Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation. He served on the 1999 Arun Singh Task force as well as the Naresh Chandra Committee on national security reforms. He lives in Goa, and writes and speaks on strategic and security related topics.
 
Mr. Amit Cowshish
(Senior Visiting Fellow)

Amit Cowshish retired from the Indian Defence Accounts Service in 2012 as Additional Controller General of Defence Accounts after serving for thirty five years in various capacities in the Ministry of

Defence, Defence Accounts Department and the Central Vigilance Commission.He served as the Controller for Defence Accounts for the Central and Northern Commands and the

Border Roads Organizations. He is a former Financial Advisor (Acquisition) & Additional Secretary, Ministry of Defence, in which capacity he was associated with capital acquisitions for the three services and the Indian Coast Guard.

During his tenure with the ministry as Additional Financial Advisor and Joint Secretary, he also handled defence plans, budget, and revenue procurement. He headed the committee that drafted the Defence Procurement Manual 2009 and was the Member Secretary of the Defence Expenditure Review Committee set up by the Ministry of Defence in 2008.

He holds Masters and M. Phil. Degrees in Political Science and is a law graduate. He attended the Advanced Professional Programme in Public Administration at the Indian Institute of Public Administration in 1996 and the National Security and Strategic Course at the National  Defence College, New Delhi in 2000.
 
He is presently a Partner with Dua Associates, Advocates and Solicitors and a Distinguished Fellowwith the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. He is on the editorial board of two defence journals and writes regularly for various websites and defence journals on diverse matters relating to financial management in defence and acquisition policy and procedures.
 
Tanzoom Ahmed
(Research Associate, Foreign Policy Program)

Tanzoom Ahmed holds a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in International Governance and Institutions from George Mason University, Washington DC and a Bachelor's from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She previously worked as the Political and Economic Officer at the Consulate General of Singapore, Mumbai. She also headed the membership team at a Mumbai based foreign policy think tank named Gateway House. In the past, she interned with several organizations including the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at University of Maryland, the National Women’s Law Center in Washington D.C. and the Entrepreneur Magazine (Network18) in New Delhi. Tanzoom is an US State Department Alumni and a Fulbright Scholar.
 
Shreyas Durgadasrao Deshmukh
(Research Associate, National Security Program)

Shreyas Deshmukh is a Research Associate with the National Security Program at DPG.  Prior to joining DPG he worked with MitKat Advisory Services as geopolitical risk analyst. He also worked  as Research Assistant at the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS, New Delhi) and South and Central Asia Fellow at PoliTact, Washington DC. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Pune and his academic focus is on geopolitical developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  After completion of masters he interned at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA, New Delhi) where he co-edited a book “Unending Violence in Pakistan: Analyzing the Trends” and issues of “Pakistan News Digest”.
 

 
Antara Ghosal Singh
(Research Associate)

Antara Ghosal Singh is a Research Associate at the Delhi Policy Group (DPG). Prior to DPG, She has worked as a Research Associate for National Maritime Foundation from February 2015-May 2016. She is an alumna from the Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China. She also did her post-graduation from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) New Delhi. Before starting her career in academics, she has worked as a professional journalist with several national dailies like the Times of India and the Deccan Chronicle Group. 
 
ADMIN TEAM
 
Uma Malhotra
(Executive Secretary)

Uma Malhotra supports DPG as Executive Secretary to the Director General. Earlier she has worked with Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Limited (a GoI Navratna PSU) for 25 years where she served as Personal Secretary to the Top Management. After taking VRS in 2007, she joined Best Food International – a rice manufacturing company and then Asian Centre for Organisation Research and Development (ACORD), a not-for-profit Society (Oct 2008- Feb 2014).

Besides secretarial work, she is good at handling HR/personnel, admin and project-related work (online data search, telephonic surveys, translations, proof-reading/editing etc.). She has learned the ropes of the trade through sheer perseverance and hard work and believes in working as a team.
 
Mr. C.P. Venkatanathan
(Secretary)

Mr. C.P. Venkatanathan has over 36 years of experience working in various administrative positions across different industries. He has worked in Central Scientific Instruments Organization (1978-84), Industrial Finance Corporation of India (1984-2008), Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. (2008-11) and ETA Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (2011-14). He is well versed in planning, organizing and managing events.

He has joined the Delhi Policy Group as Secretary and would be handling logistics and administration related work.
 

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