1. Arvind Gupta, Director - VIF

    Indian Foreign Service (1979; Retired);

    Former Deputy National Security Adviser and Secretary, National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS), (2014-17); Joint Secretary, NSCS on deputation from Ministry of External Affairs; 1999-2007. Dealt with a wide range of national security issues within the NSC structures. Had wide ranging interaction in official capacity with delegations of other...


  1. Amb Satish Chandra, Dean, Centre for National Security and Strategic Studies, VIF

    A career diplomat, Satish Chandra served as India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Offices in Geneva and later as High Commissioner to Pakistan. He, subsequently, went on to head the National...

  2. Lt General R K Sawhney, PVSM, AVSM, Dean, Centre for Defence Studies, VIF

    Lt Gen Ravi Sawhney retired as the Deputy Chief of the Army Staff. He is a post graduate in Defence and Security Planning from the Royal College of Defence Studies, London prior to which he...
  3. Amb Kanwal Sibal, Dean, Centre for International Relations and Diplomacy, VIF

    Amb. Sibal has been India's Foreign Secretary from July 2002 to November 2003. He is a post-graduate from St. Stephens College, New Delhi. He has been India's Ambassador to Turkey, Egypt and...

  4. Dr V K Saraswat, Dean, Centre for Technological and Scientific Studies, VIF

    Dr. Vijay Kumar Saraswat is former Secretary of Defence (Research & Development- R&D) and former chief of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO). He was the key scientist...

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Distinguished Fellows

  1. Amb Prabhat P Shukla, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Prabhat Prakash Shukla was born on 29 March 1951 in New Delhi, where he also went to school and university. A good academic student, he finished his school and college education with honours, and...
  2. Amb TCA Rangachari, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Amb (Retd) TCA Rangachari, was India's Ambassador to Algeria, France and Germany before resigning from the Indian Foreign Service in 2006. Earlier, he spent over five years in Islamabad, Pakistan...
  3. Vice Adm Raman Puri, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Vice Admiral Raman Puri retired as the Chief of Integrated Service Command (CISC) in 2006 after a distinguished service of 40 years in the Indian Navy. Adm. Puri served in a number of important...
  4. Amb Rajiv Sikri, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    He was a career diplomat for more than 36 years with the Indian Foreign Service. He retired in 2006 as Secretary in India’s Ministry of External Affairs. He has served as India’s Ambassador to...

  5. Amb D P Srivastava, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Presently he is Distinguished Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation. He was Indian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran (2011-15). During his tenure, he led negotiations on Indian...
  6. Amb Ashok K Kantha, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Ashok K Kantha is a Distinguished Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation. He was Ambassador of India to China until January 2016. Prior to this, he was Secretary (East) at Ministry of...
  7. Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Vice Admiral Anil Chopra, Distinguished Fellow, VIF. He is a former Commander-in-Chief of both the operational commands of the Indian Navy i.e. the Western Naval Command, and the Eastern Naval...

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Senior Fellows

  1. Sushant Sareen, Senior Fellow, VIF

    Sushant Sareen did his masters in economics from the Delhi School of Economics and later qualified for the Indian Civil Service and joined the Indian Railway Traffic Service in 1993. A year later...
  2. Pravas Kumar Mishra, Senior Fellow, VIF

    Former Additional DG BSF and Left Wing Extremism

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  3. RNP Singh, Senior Fellow, VIF

    RNP Singh is former Director of India First Foundation, New Delhi and Managing Editor of two widely acclaimed Journals Eaternal India and Chirantan Bharat (Hindi). RNP Singh has written number of...
  4. Dr Harinder Sekhon, Senior Fellow, VIF

    Dr. Harinder Sekhon is a Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation and has over three decades of research, writing and teaching experience on various aspects of Indo-US relations,...
  5. Commodore Somen Banerjee, Senior Fellow, VIF

    Cmde Somen Banerjee is a Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation. He joined the Indian Navy in 1990 and has served in ten warships, of which he has commanded three. He has...
  6. Colonel Vijay Kumar Jha, Senior Fellow, VIF

    Col Vijay Kumar Jha is a Senior Fellow at Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF). He is Masters in Military Science. Experienced professional with a demonstrated history of successfully...

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Visiting Fellows

  1. Dr Sudhir S. Bloeria, Visiting Fellow, VIF

    Former Chief Secretary Jammu and Kashmir & Vice Chancellor Central University of Jammu & Kashmir

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  2. Lt Gen JP Singh, PVSM, AVSM, Visiting Fellow, VIF

    Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff & Advisor to DRDO

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  3. Ravi Venketesan, Visiting Fellow, VIF

    Former Chairman of Microsoft India and on the boards of Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys and Strand Life sciences

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  4. D P Singh, Visiting Fellow, VIF

    Mr. D.P. Singh has 27 years of varied experience representing the Government, the public sector as well as private entities. He is now the Founder & Senior Partner of the firm Arthe Law. Mr....

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  5. Deven Verma, Visiting Fellow, VIF

    Industrialist- Technology

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  6. Lt Gen Anil Ahuja, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR - Visiting Fellow, VIF

    Lt Gen Anil Ahuja (Retd), PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR superannuated recently as the Deputy Chief of the Integrated Defense Staff (Policy Planning and Force development)

Senior Research Associates

  1. Dr Teshu Singh, Senior Research Associate, VIF

    Dr. Teshu Singh is a Senior Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation. Prior to this, she was Senior Research Officer at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. She was...
  2. Ramanand Garge, Senior Research Associate, VIF

    Ramanand Garge is a research scholar in the field of security studies. The research areas of his interest includes counter terrorism policies framed worldwide, with prominent focus on studies...

Research Associates

  1. Prerna Gandhi, Research Associate, VIF

    Prerna Gandhi is a Research Associate at the Vivekananda International Foundation with a focus on Japan, ASEAN and Korean Peninsula. She is currently a doctoral student at Dept. of East Asian...
  2. Dr Rashmini Koparkar, Research Associate, VIF

    Dr Rashmini Koparkar is a Researcher of Central Asia. Her research interests include Politics and Foreign Policies of five Central Asian Republics, and issues of Cultural Identity and Nation-...

Research Intern

  1. Abhigya Langeh, Research Intern, VIF

    Abhigya Langeh is a research intern with the Vivekananda International Foundation in Delhi. She has a strong interest in and writes on international relations, regional politics and state politics...

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