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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)
(Advisor, National Security Program)

Lieutenant General (retd.) Aditya Singh was formerly a member of India's National Security Advisory Board. Currently, he is the Security advisor to the National Security Program being carried out 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.
 
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”.
 

 
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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