United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Amandeep Singh Gill of India as his Envoy on Technology.
Gill is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative project. He previously served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2016-2018).
“A thought leader on digital technology, he brings to the position a deep knowledge of digital technologies coupled with a solid understanding of how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for Guterres.
The Secretary-General also extended his appreciation and gratitude to the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Maria-Francesca Spatolisano, for her dedication and commitment as Acting Envoy on Technology.
Previously, Gill was the Executive Director and Co-Lead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019).
He joined India’s diplomatic service in 1992 and served in various capacities in disarmament and strategic technologies and international security affairs, with postings in Tehran and Colombo. He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.
Gill holds a PhD in nuclear learning in multilateral forums from King’s College, London, a Bachelor of Technology in electronics and electrical communications from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and an Advanced Diploma in French history and language from Geneva University.