Singapore is our gateway to the east with an extraordinary Indian diaspora: HCI Jawed Ashraf


In a span of just nine months, Mr Jawed Ashraf, the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Singapore has gained a huge fan following in the island nation.

A graduate of St. Stephen‘s College, New Delhi and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Mr Ashraf joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1991 and has served in countries like Frankfurt, Berlin, New Delhi, Washington DC and Kathmandu, during the course of his career.

High Commissioner Ashraf served as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister ‘s Office under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh

Singapore has kept him incredibly busy since he came here in November 2016 but he has no complaints.

From speaking at the South Asian Film festival to engaging with female entrepreneurs at Indian Woman’s Association's event, addressing businessmen at SICCI forums, enjoying a cricket match at the Singapore Cricket club and hosting lunches and dinners at his residence, India House. His pleasant demeanor & being a great conversationalist has made him an instant hit with the Indian diaspora in Singapore

Connected to India met the High Commissioner for an exclusive ‘Spotlight’ interview to talk him about his tenure so far and plans for the future.


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