Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed (b.September 18, 1963) is a career Indian diplomat belonging to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) of 1989 Batch. He is currently serving as High Commission of India in Seychelles.
He formerly served as Ambassador of India to Yemen and Consul General of India in Chicago and Jeddah, besides holding various diplomatic assignments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Denmark. During his 27 years of diplomatic service, Dr. Sayeed has represented India's interests in political, economic and cultural realms and fostered friendly relationships with nations around the world.
Dr. Ausaf Sayeed holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Geology from the Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and an Advanced Diploma in Arabic from the American University in Cairo. He is a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) and recipient of the Shri Y.G.K.Murthy Gold Medal from Osmania University, Hyerabad.
Dr. Ausaf Sayeed belongs to a respectable literary family of Hyderabad Deccan. His father, late Shri Awaz Sayeed, was a renowned Urdu writer, poet, playwright and humorist of the Indian subcontinent. His uncle, late Dr. Mughni Tabassum was a well-known Urdu scholar, poet and critic and formerly Head, Department of Urdu, Osmania University. His aunt Siddiqua Shabnam is a renowned Urdu poetess based in London.
Dr. Sayeed is a Hadhrami Arab by descent with roots in Mukallah in Hadhramaut (present-day Yemen). He belongs to the Al-Musalli (Al-Yafayee) Qabila (clan). His paternal great-grandfather Jabir Bin Abdullah served as a State Financier under Sultan Awadh-I bin Omar Al Qu'aiti (Nawab Sultan Nawaz Jung Bahadur Shamsheer-ud-Daula Shamsheer-ul-Mulk). His paternal grandfather, Sayeed Bin Awaz Bin Jabir Bin Abdullah served as State Financiers under His Highness Sultan Omar bin Awadh Al Qu'aiti (Nawab Sir Jan-Baz Jung Bahadur K.C.I.E.) as well as His Highness Sultan Sir Saleh bin Ghalib Al Qu'aiti (Saif Nawaz Jung Bahadur).
He is an alumnus of the American University in Cairo, Egypt (Arabic language), Osmania University, Hyderabad (M.Sc., Ph.D.), P.G.College of Science, Saifabad, Hyderabad (B.Sc), Anwarul-Uloom Degree College, Hyderabad (Intermediate), St.Georges' Grammar School, Abids, Hyderabad (6th-10th Grades) and Jawahar Upper Primary School, Vijayanagar Colony, Hyderabad (LKG to 5th grades).