Office Bearers

Dr A. Didar Singh
Principal Advisor to President, FICCI

Dr. A. Didar Singh, author and former civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) had joined FICCI as Secretary General in November 2012 after he retired as Union Secretary in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (2009-11). After some 5 years as SG, he has been appointed as Principal Adviser to President FICCI from September 2017.

Dr Singh functions as Chair of the Diaspora group of KNOMAD (Knowledge Network on Migration), World Bank and in March 2017 was named as Global Fellow at IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has served on the International Experts Group of the World Bank for Pandemics Preparedness (2016-17) and has been appointed member of the prestigious ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work. Dr Singh is presently member Governing Councils of St. Stephens Hospital and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.

Dr. Singh served as a member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration (2011-15) of the celebrated World Economic Forum (WEF) and has been conferred an Award for his service to the Indian Diaspora by GOPIO International (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin). He was named as Distinguished Alumnus of the prestigious St Stephen's College in 2012 and was in July 2014 also awarded Hony. Doctorate (DUniv) from the University of Birmingham, UK. He also served as a Member on the India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group (EPG) nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India (2016-17). He has also been a member of several Corporate Boards in India.

Dr. Singh is an internationally known strategy expert in e-Commerce, Trade and Migration and has done several studies for international agencies, including the World Bank; International Trade Centre; World Health Organization; and South Centre, Geneva as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. His vast international experience involves stints in the US, UK and Switzerland.

Dr. Singh has a Bachelors and Masters from St. Stephens College, Delhi; a Masters in Development Administration from Birmingham University, UK; and has the distinction of having done the first PhD in India on the Policy and Administration of e-Commerce (Panjab Univ, 2006). Dr. Singh has four books and several publications to his credit and has given talks and lectures in over 50 Institutions and 20 countries around the world.




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