Former Indian Diplomat, Author, Toastmaster and West Asia Observer

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed

Ambassador Dr. Ausaf Sayeed (b.September 18, 1963) is a former career Indian diplomat belonging to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) of the 1989 Batch. He served as Secretary (CPV & OIA) in India’s Ministry of External Affairs from March 2022 to September 2023, being responsible for matters pertaining to Consular, Passport, Visas, Overseas Emigration, and NRI & Overseas Indian Affairs, besides affairs of GCC and WANA countries.

He previously served as Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, High Commission of India to Seychelles, and Consul General of India in Chicago and Jeddah, besides holding various diplomatic assignments in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Denmark. During his nearly 34 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.

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My Journey

Dr. Ausaf Sayeed has handled different areas of work in his nearly 34 years of diplomatic service, including political, economic, consular and cultural work, and Hajj management.

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, Hyderabad. The prestigious Yoga Mithra Award was also conferred on him by the S-Vyasa University for his efforts to promote Yoga in Saudi Arabia.

Delhi, India

Secretary (CPV & OIA)

Ministry of External Affairs

2022 – 2023

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ambassador of India

2019 – 2022

Mahe, Seychelles

High Commissioner of India

2017 – 2019

Chicago, USA

Consul General of India

2013 – 2017

Sanaa, Yemen

Ambassador of India

2010 – 2013

Years in Service

Countries Worked in

Countries Visited


My Publications

Indian Art & Culture

Trends In Indian Culture And Heritage

Trends in Objective Geology

Kulliyat-e-Awaz Sayeed

Latest Blogs and Articles

Fighting Hunger – Building Hope

Mayor’s Ramadan Unity Dinner“Fighting Hunger – Building Hope” Friday, September 5th, 2014 Keynote Address by Dr Ausaf Sayeed, Consul General of India, Chicago   Hon'ble Mayors Virg Bernero and Nathan Triplett, Distinguished Guests, Ladies & Gentlemen, Good...

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Kamaran Island — Transit for Indian Hajj Pilgrims in the past

Kamaran Island — Transit for Indian Hajj Pilgrims in the past

Kamaran or the ‘Island of two Moons’ is considered the largest shelf-island in the Red Sea. It was first mentioned in the “History of World Ports” in 525 A.D. Kamaran has been occupied by various foreign powers during its history, which include Ethiopians, Mamaluks, Persians, Portuguese, Turks and the British.

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The Rich History and Tradition of Vegetarianism in India

Revered Sant Rajinder SinghJi Maharaj,Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Afternoon! Let me begin by thanking the Science of Spirituality and the organizers of the VeggieFest for inviting me to be amidst you this afternoon and providing me with a unique opportunity to exchange...

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The Beauty of Indian Civilization

ndia, or Bharat, the fifth largest and the second most populated country in the world, is one of the few countries that can boast of an ancient, deep-rooted, and diverse culture, that stretches back to 5,000 years. In ancient times, India was known as 'Bharata...

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History of Urdu Literature

Urdu writing in its various primitive forms can be traced to Muhammad Urfi, Amir Khusro, and Kwaja Muhammad Husaini. The earliest writings in Urdu were in the Dakhni (Deccani) dialect. The Sufi-saint Hazrat Khwaja Banda Nawaz Gesudaraz is considered the first prose...

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Jarawa Tribes – Confluence of the Present with the Past

 When I was in India in August 2000 for my annual leave, I took a holiday to the Andaman & Nicobar Islands, popularly known as the Emerald Islands, which are rated as one of the most beautiful, virgin and eco-friendly islands in the world. Some things that...

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It was a pleasure to join the IFS 1989 batch get-together this evening at Delhi. Thankful to Dammu Ravi, Secretary (ER) for hosting the event, attended by Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East), Vikram Misri, Deputy NSA and former Ambassadors Dr. A.V.S. Ramesh Chandra and Amrit Lugun.

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