Ambassador Dr. Deepak Vohra

Special Advisor to PM, Lesotho & Guinea-Bissau & Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils, Kargil & Leh, GoI

From the Indian Foreign Service class of 1973, Deepak Vohra was India’s senior-most Ambassador and has been described as one of the finest minds in the world

He has studied at the most prestigious Universities in India and overseas including St Columba’s School, St Stephen’s College, National Defence College and Sorbonne University, Paris

His academic record is outstanding: first in School, first in College, first among the men in the Indian Foreign Service, first in the training programme at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, first at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

He taught at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University from 1972-73

Among India’s most loved television figures he was short-listed by a woman’s magazine as one of the “most sensational personalities” in India. He has acted in commercial films

He has served in France, Vietnam, Tunisia, United States, Nigeria, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Spain and as Ambassador of India to Armenia, Georgia, Sudan, South Sudan, Poland and Lithuania

He was Officer on Special Duty to the Technology Adviser to the Prime Minister of India

Ambassador Vohra spent four years with Sulabh International, the world’s largest NGO dealing with sanitation and is the author of best-selling books

He has specialized in national renaissance issues emerging nations. In October 2005, Armenia awarded him a gold medal and named a school after him. Sudan gave him its highest civilian honour and in 2006, he was made Prince of an African tribe

He has vast international experience, having represented India at several conferences

Not many know that when Indian oil workers were kidnapped in Sudan in 2007, Ambassador Vohra offered himself in exchange for the hostages. In 2014, he went to a remote Ebola-affected area of Guinea to help the villagers and fell seriously ill with the dreaded ailment

National and international leaders who have interacted with him have uniformly commented on his transparent sincerity and integrity. Surprised at his candour, some advise him to hide from the storm: he replies calmly: “I am the storm”

He is an advisor and mentor to universities and companies in India and lectures regularly to national and international audiences (over 5 million have heard him so far) on Global Megatrends and Trust. His insights are much appreciated. He also speaks about Kashmir: The Journey Resumes

He has been an advisor to the Government of South Sudan from July 2011

In April 2013, Ambassador Deepak Vohra was appointed Special Advisor (Minister) to the Prime Minister, Republic of Guinea-Bissau

In April 2014, he was named Special Advisor by the Prime Minister, Kingdom of Lesotho

In 2015 and 2016, he was appointed Special Advisor to the Autonomous Hill Development Councils in the remote Ladakh region of India

Ambassador Vohra speaks French, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic, Bahasa Melayu, Hausa, Motu and Armenian fluently