Amandeep Singh Gill appointed UN chief Guterres’ envoy for technology
India’s top diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as his technology envoy, with the global body describing him as a “digital technology thought leader” who has a solid understanding of how Leverage digital transformation responsibly and inclusively to make progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gill, who served as India’s ambassador and permanent representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2016 to 2018, is the managing director of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) project, based in India. University Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.
A thought leader in digital technology, he brings to this position a deep knowledge of digital technologies coupled with a strong understanding of how to leverage digital transformation in a responsible and inclusive manner to advance the Sustainable Development Goals, a said a statement released by the UN here on Friday.
Previously, Gill was Executive Director and Co-Lead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019).
In addition to presenting the High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation report, Gill helped achieve high-impact international consensus recommendations on the regulation of artificial intelligence (AI) in lethal autonomous weapon systems in 2017 and 2018, the draft UNESCO ethical recommendation Al in 2020, and a new international platform on digital health and Al.
He joined the Indian diplomatic service in 1992 and has held various positions in disarmament and strategic technology and international security affairs, with postings 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 BSc in Electrical Electronics and Communications Technology from Panjab University, Chandigarh, and an advanced degree in History and French language from the University of Geneva.
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