Sundeep Waslekar


Sundeep Waslekar is President of Strategic Foresight Group, a think-tank based in India that advises governments and institutions around the world on managing future challenges. Under his leadership, SFG has worked with or on 50 countries from four continents creating new policy concepts in conflict resolution, water diplomacy and foresight for countries and societies.

Sundeep Waslekar read Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at St. John's College of the Oxford University on the Oxford JCR Scholarship. He was conferred D. Litt. (Honoris Causa) of Symbiosis International University, by the President of India in 2011. He was elected as Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflicts at Harris Manchester College of Oxford University in 2014.

He has been involved in parallel diplomatic exercises to find common ground in the times of crisis, negotiating with Heads of Government, cabinet ministers, diplomats, hydraulic engineers and terrorists. He has facilitated dialogue between Indian and Pakistani decision makers, heads of Nepalese political parties and water authorities in Africa and the Middle East.

In the 1990s, he authored three books on governance The New World Order, South Asian Drama, and Dharma-Rajya: Path-breaking Reforms for India's Governance. Since 2002, he has authored several research reports on global future under the auspices of the Strategic Foresight Group.

Sundeep has authored a best-seller book in his native Marathi language, Eka Dishecha Shodh (on new directions for India's future), which had 15 editions in the first three years. It has been translated into other Indian languages, converted into a Talking Book and been an inspiration for the formation of several civil society organisations.

He was been a faculty at World Economic Forum annual meetings at Davos and a senior executive at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm. He has been quoted, reviewed and interviewed in more than 2000 newspapers, websites and television channels in some 70-80 countries including BBC World Television, CNN, The Economist, New York Times, The Guardian, Financial Times, Newsweek, among others.