Amit joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979 and superannuated from the Philippines in October 2013 as Ambassador. He then took to full-time writing, while living in Visakhapatnam where his wife is posted, which resulted in the publication of Lessons from Ruslana: In Search of Transformative Thinking by Harper Collins in March 2015. End-March, he moved to Mumbai to join the internationally ranked S P Jain School of Global Management, which has campuses in Dubai, Singapore and Sydney (www.spjain.org) as the head of the recently launched Mumbai Campus.
He has a B.Com degree from St. Xavier’s College Kolkata (Calcutta University), an MA and an M Phil in Sociology from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and a two-year attachment with the Department of Sociology at the University of McGill in Canada. He was the recipient of the National Merit Scholarship (1976-79) and the Commonwealth Fellowship (1980-82) and has attended an EDP at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad.
During his diplomatic career, Amit served, inter alia, as Director Finance, Deputy Director General Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Joint Secretary Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of External Affairs. He was First Secretary Political at the Embassy in Brussels, Director Economic and Head of the Office of the SAARC Secretary General in Kathmandu, Deputy Ambassador in Berlin, Consul General in Sydney, and Ambassador in the Philippines with concurrent accreditation to the Republics of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Micronesia.
The Community Relations Commission of the New South Wales government in Australia awarded him its highest award for the role he played in promoting communal harmony during the attacks on the Indian community. A published author, Amit is presently working on a book of long short stories set in Calcutta and a non-fiction manuscript with the working title ‘Why we hate to fail (and what we can do about it)’. He regularly writes and speaks on foreign and security policy, as also on management related issues. Amit is a member of the Advisory Board of the New Delhi-based think-tank, Society for Policy Studies, which specialises in international relations.
An avid amateur photographer, he loves cooking and recently joined painting classes. His wife was with the Indian Revenue Service. They have one daughter.