Telecom Secretary J S Deepak on 1 March 2017 was named India's next Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The appointment will be effective from 1 June 2017.
The World Trade Organization is a global international organisation dealing with the rules of trade between nations.
As per the order of the Appointments Committee of Cabinet, Deepak is appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Department of Commerce. He will be functioning as OSD till 31 May 2017.
The order also named Deepak as India's Ambassador/Permanent Representative of India to the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation from 1 June 2017 till the date of his superannuation, which is 31 July 2018.
Who is J S Deepak?
• J S Deepak is a 1982 batch IAS officer from Uttar Pradesh.
• During his stint in the Union Commerce Ministry, he served as India's chief negotiator at the WTO and for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.
• He is credited with successfully conducting the first ever e-auction of spectrum in 2010.
• He holds an MBA degree from Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad.
• Previously, he also worked as consultant with The Policy Project, Washington DC, a consortium of US-based Research Triangle Institute and Johns Hopkins University.