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21 June 2022

UN Secretary-General Appoints Professor Amandeep Singh Gill as his Envoy on Technology

The Geneva Graduate Institute’s Professor of Practice will be taking over from the Acting Envoy Maria-Francesca Spatolisano,  Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs. As Under-Secretary-General, Professor Gill will be part of the United Nations’ Secretary-General’s Senior Leadership team.

“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”, reads a statement by the United Nations on Professor Gill’s appointment. 

Originally from India, Ambassador Amandeep Gill is Project Director and CEO of the International Digital Health & AI Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) based at the Institute. I-DAIR is a new international platform to promote inclusive, impactful and responsible AI research and development of digital technologies for health. As Professor of Practice at the Institute, he teaches Interdisciplinary Masters’ coursework on international learning, and technology, security, politics and norms.

“I am honoured by this appointment”, explains Ambassador Gill. “The UN has a crucial role in facilitating international cooperation on digital technologies. I look forward to working with all stakeholders for an open, free, equitable and secure digital future for all. The Graduate Institute has been my intellectual home for the last three years. I thank Professor Marie-Laure Salles and all my colleagues for their support and their contribution to the build-up of I-DAIR.”

Ambassador Gill served as Executive Director and Co-lead of the Secretariat of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation until August 2019. He previously served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Ambassador Gill joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992 and has served at the Indian Missions in Tehran, Colombo and Geneva. 

He holds a B Tech in electronics and electrical communications from Panjab University, Chandigarh and an advanced diploma in French History and Language from the University of Geneva. His PhD from King’s College London is in the field of international learning.