Navdeep Singh Suri, of IFS batch 1983 , has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia. Currently he is the Ambassador of India to the Arab Republic of Egypt with concurrent accreditation to the Arab League.
He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
Brief Info about Navdeep Sing Suri
The 56 year old Navdeep Suri is from Amritsar, Punjab. After completing his Master’s degree in Economics from Guru Nanak University, he made his entry into Indian Foreign Service. He started his diplomatic career in 1983. A member of the Indian Foreign Service, his first diplomatic assignment was at the Indian Embassy in Cairo, where he also studied Arabic. This was followed by a three-year stint in Damascus before a return to headquarters in New Delhi in 1991, where he was closely associated with efforts to project India as an investment destination.
Later he moved to the Indian Embassy in Washington DC in 1993 and worked as the political counsellor responsible for liaising with the US Congress before his move to the number two position at the Indian mission in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 1997.
He arrived at the Indian High Commission in London in August 2000, where he worked as the spokesperson and head of the Press and Information department. After his London assignment he became India’s Consul General in Johannesburg and currently serves as Indian Ambassador to Egypt.
Suri speaks Arabic and French, has written on India’s Africa policy, on Public Diplomacy and on the IT outsourcing industry. His English translations of his grandfather Nanak Singh’s classic Punjabi novels have been published by Penguin as The Watchmaker and by Harper Collins as A Life Incomplete.
Mr. Suri is accompanied by his wife Mani, who has a degree in Economics and is now an accomplished graphic designer and potter. They have two daughters, Manveena and Jessleena.