Neelam Deo is a former Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer who served as India’s Ambassador to Denmark and Cote d’Ivoire, with concurrent accreditation to Sierra Leone, Niger S Guinea. 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 completed her Master’s degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Prior to joining the IFS, she taught economics in Kamla Nehru College, Delhi University. She has extensive knowledge and exposure to the issues of Africa, South East Asia, India-US bilateral relations, Bangladesh and other SAARC neighbours. Neelam is also a frequent commentator on issues that involve India’s economic emergence, diaspora and global politics.