Ashok Malik is policy advisor/additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India, having been appointed to the position in October 2019.
From 1 August 2017, to 31 July 2019, Malik served as press secretary to the President of India. He relinquished office after his two-year term came to an end.
Prior to joining government, Malik was a distinguished fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a public policy think-tank based in India. As a columnist, he wrote for a publications such as Times of India and Hindustan Times.
Born in 1969, Malik studied at La Martiniere Calcutta (Kolkata), and graduated from Presidency College (now University) in the same city. He began his career in the Telegraph newspaper in Calcutta in 1991 and subsequently was associated with other publications such as Times of India, India Today and Indian Express.
In 2006, he embarked on a career as a self-employed columnist and served at different points as a consulting editor to the Pioneer and Tehelka magazine. In 2015 he joined the Observer Research Foundation. In 2016, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour.