Vikas Swarup joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and served in diplomatic assignments in Ankara, Washington DC, Addis Ababa, London and Pretoria. He was consul general of India in Osaka-Kobe and high commissioner to Canada (2017-2019). At headquarters he served as Chef-de-Cabinet to the Foreign Minister and head of the United Nations Political and Public Diplomacy divisions. He was the official spokesperson of the ministry from 2015-2017. After serving as Secretary (West) with responsibility for the UN, Europe and Central Asia, he retired from the Foreign Service in June 2021. Swarup is also the author of three bestselling novels, Q&A (adapted as the multiple Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire), Six Suspects and The Accidental Apprentice. His books have been translated into more than 40 international languages.