Dr. Anupam Ray is a physician by education and was a Neuro-surgery resident before he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. This elite service recruits about 20 people annually, from a pool of approximately half-a-million aspirants, through one of the most rigorous competitive processes in the world.
His career, which began in Germany, has coincided with the emergence of India as a major power. He has held key diplomatic assignments as Political Officer in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka Desk Officer, as manager of India’s successful campaign for the position of Commonwealth Secretary-General out of London, and as a senior member of the Indian team in the UN Security Council in New York.
He was the first employee of India’s outgoing aid agency (Development Partnership Administration) created in 2012. He later worked (with rank of Joint Secretary in the Government of India) to kick-start one of India’s most innovative diplomatic projects – the ambitious US$500 million Nalanda University, an international standard “Asian” university in India. He has served as Chief of Staff to a Minister, managed the nuts-and-bolts of the Foreign Office as Director (Personnel) and was Deputy Coordinator of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi in 2012.
In addition to a medical degree, he has a M.A. in Public Administration and speaks English, German, Hindi, Bangla and Assamese and understands Punjabi and Urdu.
He has been a Fellow at the Centre of Strategic and International Studies, Washington DC, where he wrote a paper on radical Islam in Bangladesh and before joining as Consul General of India, Houston, was on a 2-year sabbatical as Visiting Professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.
He has, in the past, been an employee of the Ramakrishna Mission.
He is married to Amit Goldberg, MD, and has two children.