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Ambassador/Permanent Representative

J. S. Deepak

Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India

to the World Trade Organisation

Geneva, Switzerland

J.S. Deepak joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1982. He is an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

Deepak joined as Secretary, Department of Telecom, Government of India on 1 February, 2016. His responsibilities included formulation of telecom policy, regulations and reforms in the sector. Deepak led various initiatives for improving telecom infrastructure in the country, including the rollout of the national optical fibre network, Bharatnet, to provide connectivity to all 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats in the country. He is also responsible for spectrum auctions for improving telecom services.

During 2015-16, he worked as Secretary, Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DeitY), responsible for coordinating the Digital India Programme and work related to eGovernance. He was also involved in promotion of electronic manufacturing and work related to the IT/ ITeS services. Enrolment and use of Aadhaar for electronic authentication online was also part of his responsibilities.

He has rich experience of working in Government of India, especially in economic Ministries. He worked as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary in the Department of Commerce for about 6 years. As Additional Secretary, Department of Commerce, Government of India he looked after the work related to formulation and implementation of India’s trade policy. He was also India’s Chief Negotiator at the WTO, for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, the mega FTA being negotiated by 16 countries and the India-EU Free Trade Agreement. He was also responsible for the promotion of export of various services from India.

Deepak has also served as Joint Secretary, Telecom from April, 2008 to July, 2010 when he designed and conducted the 3G/4G spectrum auctions which fetched the Government huge revenue of Rs. 1,06,260 crore (US$ 24.5 billion). This was a pioneering exercise where spectrum was auctioned in India for the first time and an eauction of such magnitude was conducted through a fair and transparent process leading to an expansion of voice and data services. This has become a model for subsequent auctions in different sectors including FM licenses and coal blocks.

He has been invited to lecture on subjects related to management, trade, telecom and communication at the Indian Institute Management (IIM), Ahmedabad & Lucknow, National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad, Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA), Delhi, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi, National Defence College, New Delhi and the Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi.

Deepak assumed charge as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the WTO, Geneva on 1st June, 2017.


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