Dr. A. Didar Singh
Dr. A. Didar Singh, a former civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) took over as Secretary General of FICCI from November 2012. He retired as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Prior to this he served as Member (Finance), National Highways Authority of India; Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Heavy Industries; and before that in the Ministry of Commerce (Foreign Trade).
Dr. Didar Singh is also Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce, India Chapter; Director General, Indian Council of Arbitration and Director on Board of Invest India (a JV of FICCI and Govt. of India). Dr Singh has functioned as Independent Director/Nominee Director on Boards of NTPC; BHEL; HMT; Engineering Projects India Ltd.; HEC; BYNL; Cement Corporation of India Ltd and Andrew Yule. He is presently member Advisory Board, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar and member Governing Councils of St. Stephens Hospital and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Dr. Singh was member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration (2012-15) of the prestigious 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 functions as Chair of the Diaspora group of KNOMAD, World Bank. He was named as Distinguished Alumnus St Stephen's College in 2012 and was in July 2014 also awarded an Hony. PhD (DUniv) from the University of Birmingham. He was recently appointed Member on the India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group (EPG) by the Ministry of External Affairs, GOI.
Dr. Singh is an internationally known strategy expert in e-Commerce, Trade and Migration and has done several studies for international agencies, including the International Trade Centre; World Health Organization; and South Centre, Geneva as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat, London. He has four books and several publications to his credit.
Dr. Singh has a Bachelors and Masters from St. Stephens College, Delhi University; 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. Dr. Singh has given talks and lectures in over 30 Institutions and countries around the world. He can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SecyGEN_ficci.