Director

  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...

Distinguished Fellows

  1. Dr V K Saraswat, Distinguished Fellow, 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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  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Amb Asoke Mukerji, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Ambassador Asoke Mukerji served in the Indian Foreign Service for more than 37 years, retiring as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York in December 2015...

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  7. Prof CR Babu, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Professor Emeritus, Delhi University, Ecologist and Environmentalist.

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  8. 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...

  9. Amb. Anil Trigunayat, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Amb. Anil Trigunayat is a member of the Indian Foreign Service. He has served in the Indian Missions in Cote d’Ivoire, Bangladesh, Mongolia, USA, Russia, Sweden and Nigeria, Libya and Jordan. In...

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  10. G. Mohan Kumar, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Shri G. Mohan Kumar is a former Defence Secretary and Secretary defence production to the Government of India .He joined the Indian Administrative Service (Odisha Cadre) in1979 and retired in...

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  11. 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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  12. Amit Cowshish, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Amit Cowshish retired from the Indian Defence Accounts Service in 2012 after serving for thirty five years in various capacities in the Defence Accounts Department. He served on deputation with...

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  13. Lt Gen JP Singh, PVSM, AVSM, Distinguished Fellow, VIF

    Former Deputy Chief of Army Staff & Advisor to DRDO

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  14. Lt Gen Anil Ahuja, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, SM, VSM & BAR - Distinguished 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)

  15. D P Singh, Distinguished 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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Senior Fellows

  1. Amb D P Srivastava, Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader, VIF

    Presently he is Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader at Vivekananda International Foundation. He was Indian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran (2011-15). During his tenure, he led...

  2. Amb Anil Wadhwa, Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader, VIF

    Ambassador Anil Wadhwa has been a member of the Indian foreign service from July 1979 till may 2017. In this 37 year career with the Indian foreign service he has been ambassador of India to Italy...

  3. Prof Sujit Dutta, Senior Fellow & Cluster Leader, VIF

    Professor, Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

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  4. Brig Vinod Anand, Senior Fellow, VIF

    Brig Vinod Anand is a Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. He holds a post-graduate degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and is an alumnus of Defence...

  5. 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...

  6. 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,...

  7. 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...

Associate Fellows

  1. Dr. Arpita Mitra, Associate Fellow, VIF

    Dr. Arpita Mitra has a doctoral degree in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She has been a Fellow (2015-2017) at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, where she has...

  2. Kapil Patil, Associate Fellow, VIF

    Kapil Patil is Associate Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. His research focuses on nuclear energy, WMD-proliferation, science, technology &national security-...

  3. Gunjan Singh, Associate Fellow, VIF

    Ms. Gunjan Singh is an Associate Fellow at the VIF since February 2018. Previously she has worked with the Indian Pugwash Society and with Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New...

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Senior Research Associates

  1. 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. Prateek Joshi, Research Associate, VIF

    Prateek Joshi is a researcher working on Trans-Himalayan Geopolitics, Pakistani politics and Sino-Indian conflict. Prior to joining VIF, he was working on a project with the Institute of Defence...

  2. Aayush Mohanty, Research Associate, VIF

    Aayush holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Delhi University and completed his Master's in Conflict Analysis and Peace-building from Jamia Millia Islamia. Previously worked as a...

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Research Interns

  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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  2. Gazi Hassan, Research Intern, VIF

    Research Scholar of International Studies at MMAJ Academy of International Studies in Jamia Millia Islamia University. Has worked on various policy related issues and has been contributing...

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  3. Asha Sundaramurthy, Research Intern, VIF

    Pursuing PhD in Indo-Pacific Studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University. Visiting scholar to University of Malaya. Has previously worked on the China factor in India-Australia relations, India-ASEAN...

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  4. Darshan Shah, Research Intern, VIF

    Darshan Shah is a research intern with the Vivekananda International Foundation. He has a strong interest in and writes on how technology impacts foreign policy, including but not limited to cyber...

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  5. Akash Sahu, Research Intern, VIF

    Akash Sahu is a research intern working at VIF since January, 2018. A graduate in journalism from the University of Mumbai, he has interest in international reporting, analysis and matters of...