Navdeep Singh Suri, ambassador of India to the Arab Republic of Egypt, has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia.
Suri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1983 and has served in India’s diplomatic missions in Cairo, Damascus, Washington, Dar es Salaam and London and as India’s Consul General in Johannesburg. He has also headed the West Africa and Public Diplomacy divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. His innovative use of social media in public diplomacy has received extensive recognition and two prestigious awards.
Suri speaks Arabic and French, has a Masters degree in Economics and 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’.
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, one an aspiring journalist and the other an avid environmentalist.
He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.