Dr. A. Didar Singh, author and former civil servant of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) took over as Secretary General of FICCI from November 2012. He retired as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (2009-11). /p>
Dr. Didar Singh is also Secretary General of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), India Chapter; Director General, Indian Council of Arbitration and Nominee Director, Invest India (a JV established by FICCI with Govt. of India). He is presently member Governing Councils of St. Stephens Hospital and Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi.
Dr. Singh was member of the Global Agenda Council on Migration (2011-15) of the celebrated World Economic Forum (WEF) and has been conferred an Award for his service to the Indian Diaspora by GOPIO International (Global Organization of People of Indian Origin). He functions as Chair of the Diaspora group of KNOMAD, World Bank. He was named as Distinguished Alumnus of the prestigious St Stephen's College in 2012 and was in July 2014 also awarded Hony. Doctorate (DUniv) from the University of Birmingham, UK and in 2017 named as Global Fellow at IC2 Institute of the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He also served as Member on the India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group (EPG) nominated by the Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India (2016-17). Dr Singh has vast international experience having also worked in the USA, UK and Switzerland.
Dr. Singh is an internationally known strategy expert in e-Commerce, Trade and Migration and has done several studies for international agencies, including the World Bank; International Trade Centre; World Health Organization; and South Centre, Geneva as well as the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.
Dr. Singh has a Bachelors and Masters from St. Stephens College, Delhi; a Masters in Development Administration from Birmingham University, UK; and has the distinction of having done the first PhD in India on the Policy and Administration of e-Commerce (Panjab Univ, 2006). Dr. Singh has four books and several publications to his credit and has given talks and lectures in over 50 Institutions and 20 countries around the world. He can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SecyGEN_ficci.