Ramu Damodaran

First Chief of the United Nations Academic Impact initiative (2010-21)

Ramu Damodaran served the United Nations Department of Global Communications from 1996 to 2021; his responsibilities in the Department  included oversight of relationships with civil society, the creative community and celebrity advocates, publications (including as Chief Editor of the UN Chronicle), the Dag Hammarskjold Library and the United Nations Academic Impact. He also served as  secretary of the United Nations General Assembly’s Committee on Information from 2011.

His earlier Secretariat assignments included the Departments of Special Political Questions and Peacekeeping as well as speechwriting in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. As a member of the Indian Foreign Service, where he was promoted to the rank of ambassador, he served as executive assistant to the Prime Minister of India between 1991 and 1994.

Holder of a Master’s degree in history from the University of Delhi, he has been a newspaper reporter, television news anchor and radio disc jockey in India, as well as a stage actor. His feature “Echoes of a Generation” won the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union award for the best radio documentary.