Aftab Seth

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Aftab Seth
Born (1943-09-17) 17 September 1943 (age 75)
Patna, Bihar, India[1]
Nationality Indian
Alma mater The Doon School
St. Stephen's College, Delhi University
Oxford University
American College of Greece[1]
Occupation Indian Foreign Service Officer
Known for former Indian Ambassador to Greece, Vietnam, Japan and Micronesia[1]
Spouse(s) Nilima Seth[1]
Children Ishaan Seth (son)
Priyanka Seth (daughter)[1]
  • Late T. N. Seth[1] (father)
  • Late Venetia Seth[1] (mother)

Aftab Seth is a retired Indian diplomat who served as ambassador of India to Greece, Vietnam and Japan.[2] He is the brother of British-Indian actor Roshan Seth.[3]


Seth completed his schooling from The Doon School.[4][5] He then went on to pursue B.A. (Honours) in History from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi where he topped the university with First Class honours. He then received a Rhodes Scholarship to read History and Politics, Constitutional History at Christ Church, Oxford. He then proceeded to do a Doctorate in Law from American College of Greece.[6][7]

Outline of career[edit]

  • 1968 - Joined the Foreign Service
  • 1970-72 - Served as Third Secretary and Second Secretary, Embassy of India, Tokyo, Private Secretary to the Ambassador
  • 1979-83 - Consul General of India, Hamburg, with commercial consular;Jurisdiction over Bremen Bremerhaven Schleswig-Holstein and lower Saxony
  • 1983-85 - Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Jakarta
  • 1985-88 - Consul General of India, Karachi, Pakistan
  • 1988-92 - Spokesman of the Foreign Office and Joint Secretary in-charge of External Publicity, New Delhi, India
  • 1992-96 - Ambassador of India, Athens, Greece
  • 1997-2000 - Ambassador of India, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 2000-03 - Ambassador of India, Tokyo, Japan; also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Federal States of Micronesia
  • 2004-06 - Professor and Director of Global Security Research Institute, Keio University
  • 2006 – present Chairman of the International Advisory Committee, Keio University ; Present Chairman & CEO, India Global Link Co., Ltd.; Chairman, Japan-India Partnership Forum; Professor of Global Security Research Institute, Keio University; Visiting Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay[1]

He is also on the Advisory Board of World Development Forum, an upcoming forum that aims to bring together citizens' groups, development organizations, businesses and governments, to a common platform to produce, evidence-based politically actionable guidance and unlock greater value, through human enterprise.[8]

He is also one of the Advisory Board members of Gyankriti, a chain of affordable preschool and daycare centers founded by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay alumni.[9]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "India Japan relations - Past Present and Future". Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Dr. Neeraj says: (2010-06-15). "Sun and Sands Advisors' Chairman, Ambassador Aftab Seth with the Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Naoto Kan (File Photo) « Blog". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  3. ^ Requiem for a rainbow: a Fijian Indian story – Satendra Pratap Nandan – Google Books
  4. ^ 'An Indian in Japan' by Aftab Seth; About the Author (graduated from The Doon School...) p.xii
  5. ^ Aftab Seth (189-Jaipur House) 1954-1959;The Doon School Old Boys' Society Register (2011) p.143
  6. ^ "Ambassador Aftab Seth | Gateway House". Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  7. ^ "The 3rd Japan India Intellectual Forum, Guest Speaker Profile : FUJITSU RESEARCH INSTITUTE". Retrieved 2012-03-26. 
  8. ^ Aftab Seth, World Development Forum
  9. ^ "Board of Advisors, Gyankriti". Archived from the original on 2015-09-25.