Punjab-origin diplomat appointed as UN chief’s envoy on technology

Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill has been appointed as the United Nations Secretary-General’s ambassador of technology, describing him as a “leader in digital technology thinking”, who has a strong understanding of how to leverage digital transformation responsibly. Including for the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Gill is India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Disarmament Conference in Geneva from 2016 to 2018, and is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaboration (I-DAIR) project located at the Graduate Institute. International and Developmental Studies, Geneva.

“A thought leader on digital technology, he brings deep knowledge of digital technologies and a solid understanding of how to transform digital transformation responsibly and into the development of sustainable development goals,” the UN release said. Friday is here.

Previously, Gill was executive director and co-leader of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Committee on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019).

In addition to delivering a high-level committee report on digital cooperation, Gill helped secure high-impact international consensus recommendations on the control of artificial intelligence (AL) in deadly autonomous weapons systems in 2017 and 2018, UNESCO’s Draft All Ethics Recommendation 2020, and the New International Forum on Digital Health And al.

He joined India’s Diplomatic Service in 1992 and served in various capacities in disarmament and strategic technologies and international security business with postings in Tehran and Colombo. He was also a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Gill holds a PhD in Nuclear Learning from King’s College London, a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Electrical Communications from the University of Punjab, Chandigarh, and an Advanced Diploma in French History and Language from the University of Geneva.

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