Amit recently joined as the Inaugural India Country Director for University of New South Wales, Australia. Following his retirement from the Indian diplomatic service, he was appointed the first Head of the Mumbai Campus of the SP Jain School of Global Management, where he served for 15 months.
He has a B.Com degree from St. Xavier’s College [Calcutta University], an MA and an M Phil in Sociology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi. He was the recipient of the Government of India’s National Merit Scholarship and did a two-year attachment with the Department of Sociology, McGill University, Canada, as a Commonwealth Fellow. He attended an Executive Development Programme at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
During his diplomatic career, which he joined in 1979, Amit served in various capacities in India and abroad, such as, Cairo, Brussels, Kathmandu, Berlin and Sydney. He was Ambassador to the Philippines, with concurrent accreditation to the Republics of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Micronesia.
A published author, Amit’s most recent [non-fiction] book Lessons from Ruslana: In Search of Transformative Thinking has been published by Harper Collins. He has co-edited a number of books and has been published extensively in academic journals, civil society magazines and newspapers on matters related to foreign/security policy, management and leadership issues, and on education and government policies. An avid amateur photographer, he enjoys cooking and recently joined painting classes.
In 2013, the Multicultural Commission of the New South Wales government in Australia awarded him the gold medal in recognition of his contribution, during his tenure as the Indian Consul General, in promoting multiculturalism and harmony.
He and his wife have one daughter, who is married and lives in Sydney.