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

Towards Becoming A Diplomat

It was rainy season in September in the year 1963 in a hospital in the city of Hyderabad where a newborn baby was the cynosure of all eyes. The parents were full of ecstasy for their first child was born ... That was me! My father, Late Awaz Sayeed, worked for a...

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Hajj — An Indian Experience in History

The region of Hijaz is a repository of rich Islamic heritage and site of Islam’s two holiest cities — Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Madinah Al-Munnawara. Al-Hijaz is a witness to many religious and politically significant events in the history of Islam and is, thus, an...

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The Story of the Parsis in Aden

After the British conquest of Aden in 1839 A.D., and its declaration as a free port, several Indian traders, including Hindus, Muslims and Parsis, started settling down in this thriving city. According to the 1872 census, there were only 121 Parsis out of the total...

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India’s Hadhrami Links

Hadhramaut has a long history as an important centre of Islamic learning. There was a steady interaction between Hadhramaut and western and southern India, particularly Gujarat, Konkan Coast, Malabar Coast and the Deccan, which is well documented in history. Important...

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The Nizam of Hyderabad’s Munificence

The Seventh Nizam of Hyderabad Mir Osman Ali Khan was acknowledged as the world's richest man whose estimated fortune was more than US$ 2 billion. In addition, he was said to have US$ 5 billion worth of gold in bricks and coins in his Treasury and an unspecified...

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Towards a more inclusive and age-friendly world

As I was sipping my cup of black coffee on a relaxed day, not just it being a Sunday but also the first day since I hung up my boots after working as an Indian diplomat for 34 years, I realized that today (October 1) is the ‘International Coffee Day’. While the world...

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Contact Me

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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