6 November 2017


WASHINGTON, DC — The Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC) today announced Ashwani Kumar has been named a distinguished fellow with the Federation.

During his extensive career in the Indian government, Dr. Kumar severed in positions ranging from Additional Solicitor General of India, to Member of Parliament, to Minister of Law and Justice. He also served as Minister of State for Science and Technology. Most recently, he served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Japan in 2013.  That same year, Dr. Kumar was nominated to represent India at the United Nations General Assembly.
“I am delighted to welcome Ashwani to the GFCC as a distinguished fellow,” said GFCC President Deborah Wince-Smith. “He has first-hand experience in the interaction between the public and private sector, particularly in the areas of science, technology, and innovation policy. That knowledge is a tremendous asset to the GFCC and we look forward to working together to promote global competitiveness.”

Dr. Kumar has authored two books: Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative and Law, Ideas and Ideology in Politics: Perspectives of an Activist. In May 2017, the Emperor of Japan awarded him the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun,” one of the highest Japanese civilian honors, for his significant contribution in promoting India- Japan relationship. He is currently a Council member of the Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum, which aims to provide a new mechanism for open discussions to resolve problems stemming from the application of science and technology globally.

“I look forward to getting to work with the GFCC, which brings together a group of thought leaders and organizations from business to public policy in a unique and forward-looking way,” said Ashwani Kumar. “The GFCC’s approach promotes economic growth, sustainable development, and creates opportunities for its partners to engage in public-private partnerships that advance innovation around the globe.”

Dr. Kumar will support GFCC initiatives to further engage India and develop content related to science and technology policy.

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