Mr. Talmiz Ahmad

Fmr Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and UAE
Emeritus Resource Faculty, School of International Cooperation, Security and Strategic Languages (SICSSL).


Talmiz Ahmad joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. In his early career postings, Amb Ahmad served in a number of West Asian countries such as Kuwait, Iraq and Yemen and later as Consul General in Jeddah (1987-1990). He also held positions in the Indian missions in New York, London and Pretoria. Amb Ahmad served as Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (2000-2003; 2010-2011); Oman (2003-04), and the U.A.E. (2007-2010). Amb Ahmad was also Additional Secretary for International Cooperation in the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in 2004-06 and Director General, Indian Council of World Affairs, New Delhi (2006-2007).

In July 2011, the Saudi Government conferred on him the King Abdul Aziz Medal First Class for his contribution to the promotion of Indo – Saudi relations. After retirement from Foreign Service, Amb Ahmad joined the corporate sector in Dubai as President responsible for business development with an Indo-German joint venture in the energy and infrastructure sector. He is now an independent consultant, based in Dubai, advising Indian and Gulf companies on business development. He is Honorary Advisor to FICCI for the Gulf region.

He has published three books: Reform in the Arab World: External Influences and Regional Debates (2005), Children of Abraham at War: the Clash of Messianic Militarisms (2010) and The Islamist Challenge in West Asia: Doctrinal and Political Competitions after the Arab Spring (2013). He writes and lectures frequently on Political Islam, the politics of West Asia and energy security issues.