Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill appointed by UN chief as his Envoy on Technology

Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill appointed by UN chief as his Envoy on Technology

Amandeep Singh Gill: Amandeep Singh Gill is a senior Indian diplomat who has recently been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his Envoy on Technology.

  • The UN described Gill as a “thought leader on digital technology” who has a solid understanding of how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

About Amandeep Singh Gill:

  • Amandeep Singh Gill is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
  • He was India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2016 to 2018.
  • Previously, from 2018 to 2019, Gill, a Punjab University graduate, served as the Executive Director and Co-Lead of the UN Secretary-High-Level General's Panel on Digital Cooperation.
  • In addition to delivering the report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, he has helped secure high-impact international consensus recommendations on regulating Artificial Intelligence (Al) in lethal autonomous weapon systems in 2017 and 2018, the draft Al ethics recommendation of UNESCO in 2020, and a new international platform on digital health and Al.

Gill's Educational Background:

  • Gill joined India’s diplomatic service in 1992.
  • He has served in various capacities in disarmament and strategic technologies and international security affairs, with postings in Colombo and Tehran.
  • He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
  • He holds a Ph.D in Nuclear Learning in Multilateral Forums from King’s College, London, a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Electrical Communications from Panjab University in Chandigarh and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from Geneva University.