On 10 June, the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres announced the appointment of Indian national Amandeep Singh Gill as the Envoy on Technology. Mr. Gill was appointed over the European candidates, who were previously expected to be awarded the position. However, the new appointment has been well-received and is a positive move for the organisation which, amongst other things, are tasked with developing the upcoming Global Digital Compact, a new international framework for internet governance.
Mr. Gill has extensive experience in issues relating to digital transformation and technology. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he was the Executive Director and Co-Lead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019) and India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2016-2018). He joined his country’s Diplomatic Service in 1992.
For more information on the appointment of the new Envoy on Technology or the Global Digital Compact, please contact Gordon Mackay at [email protected], Luminita Tuchel at [email protected] or Bethany Marson at [email protected].