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The WICS Connect Group is led by Siddharth, a seasoned bureaucrat, with 35 years of distinguished track record in government at senior positions. He worked for over 20 years in the economic ministries and departments, including 12 years in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry GOI, with a stint in the Indian Mission to the EU, Brussels. He was India’s Chief Negotiator for concluding the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with ASEAN. As Director in charge of Anti-Dumping, he personally conducted exporter verifications in countries like China, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Spain, Denmark and Belgium. He represented India in UNCTAD as Country Expert for trade remedial measures.
He promoted India’s exports of Gems and Jewellery, Agriculture and Marine products. In addition, he looked after India’s bilateral trade with ASEAN, North East Asia and CIS countries. He served as India Lead in the Kimberley Process Certification System to check trading in conflict diamond. He was instrumental in establishing the only Special Notified Zone for consignment import of rough Diamonds in India, at Mumbai.