Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill was appointed on Friday by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his technology envoy, with the United Nations describing him as a “digital technology thought leader” who has a solid understanding of how to harness digital transformation in a responsible and inclusive way for the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gill, who was Ambassador of India and Permanent Representative to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva from 2016 to 2018, is the CEO of the I-DAIR (International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative) project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
A digital technology thought leader, he brings to the position a deep understanding of digital technologies coupled with a solid understanding of how to harness digital transformation in a responsible and inclusive way for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, a statement released by the United Nations said. here on Friday.
Previously, Gill was Executive Director and Co-Head of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Expert Group on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019).
In addition to providing the report from the High-Level Expert Group on Digital Cooperation, Gill helped ensure high-impact international consensus recommendations on artificial intelligence (Al) regulation in lethal autonomous weapon systems in 2017 and 2018. UNESCO’s draft ethics recommendation in 2020, and a new international platform on digital health and Al.
He joined the Indian diplomatic service in 1992 and has served in various capacities in disarmament and strategic technologies and international security affairs, with assignments 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’s degree in electronic technology and electrical communications from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and an advanced degree in history and French from the University of Geneva.
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