Ashok Malik is Partner and Chair of the India Practice at The Asia Group, a business and strategic advisor firm headquartered in Washington, DC.[1] He is former policy advisor/additional secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, government of India, having served in that position from October 2019 to August 2022. While in that role, he was the highest ranked non-career civil servant in the Ministry.[2] He was also a member of prestigious Padma Award committee 2023.[1]


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,[3] a public policy think-tank based in India. As a columnist, he wrote for a publications such as Times of India and Hindustan Times.[4]

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.[citation needed]

In 2006, he embarked on a career as a self-employed columnist.[5] In 2015 he joined the Observer Research Foundation. In 2016, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour.[6]


  1. ^ "Press Release: The Asia Group Welcomes Ashok Malik as Partner and Chair of India Subsidiary". The Asia Group. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Ashok Malik appointed MEA policy advisor". The Economic Times. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Ashok Malik, former press secy to President Kovind, appointed advisor in MEA". Hindustan Times. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Contributors Articles | The Interpreter". Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Ashok Malik appointed Policy Advisor in MEA". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Who is Ashok Malik: PM Narendra Modi led committee picks senior journalist as press secretary to President elect Ram Nath Kovind". The Financial Express. 22 July 2017. Retrieved 6 June 2020.