Neelam Deo

Board Member

Neelam Deo is a 1975 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer who served as India’s Ambassador to Denmark and Côte d'Ivoire, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger & Guinea.

She began her career with the IFS in Italy in 1977. Her subsequent postings included responsibility as a political and press officer in Thailand. In the Ministry of External Affairs, she was Joint Secretary for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and for Maldives. Her last assignment was as Consul General in New York. During her assignment with the Embassy of India in Washington DC liaison with the U.S. Congress, think tanks and universities in the U.S., on strategic issues were among her special responsibilities.

After serving 33 years in the IFS, she co-founded Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations in 2009. She is also a distinguished fellow with the Centre for Air Power Studies, and a member of the Advisory board of the Morgan Stanley Mutual Fund.

Neelam Deo completed her Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Prior to joining the IFS, she taught Economics at Kamla Nehru College, Delhi University She has extensive knowledge and exposure to issues of Africa, South East Asia, India-U.S. bilateral relations, Bangladesh and other SAARC neighbours.

She is a frequent commentator on issues that involve India’s economic emergence, diaspora and global politics. Her articles have appeared in various publications – Gateway House, Newsweek,, Business Standard, Statesman, Mint and Pragati.