Professor and Vice Dean (Global Initiatives and Institution Building)
B.B.A. (University of Madurai); M.B.A. (FMS, University of Delhi); Ph.D. (Sciences Po, Paris)
Ambassador (Dr) Mohan Kumar is Vice Dean and Professor of Diplomatic Practice at the Jindal School of International Relations. He holds a Doctorate (PhD) from Sciences Po, Paris and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi.
Professor Kumar has had an outstanding career in the Indian Foreign Service lasting 36 years which culminated in his being India's Ambassador to France based in Paris. Under his watch, the Indo- French strategic partnership was strengthened and consolidated further in spheres such as defense, space, nuclear & solar energy, smart cities and investment. Earlier, Professor Kumar was India's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain where he witnessed and dealt with a strategically complex region characterized by events such as the "Arab Spring".
Professor Kumar has enormous expertise in the area of international trade- he was India's lead negotiator first at the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and then at the WTO (World Trade Organization) in crucial areas such as Intellectual Property Rights, Services, Dispute Settlement, Rules and Technical Barriers to Trade.
Professor Kumar also has strategic understanding of India's ties with some of her neighbors such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives. He oversaw India's ties with these countries as Joint Secretary and Head of the Division at the Ministry of External Affairs.
Professor Kumar’s specialization thus includes: diplomatic practice & foreign policy, strategic partnerships between countries, multilateral negotiations especially trade negotiations, climate change and globalization. He is also Executive director of the Centre for WTO Studies and Economic Diplomacy.