Samir Saran

Vice President, Observer Research Foundation

Samir Saran is Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation. Samir spearheads ORF's outreach and business development activities.

He is a frequent commentator on issues of Global Governance, including climate change and energy policy, global development, architecture, cyber security and internet governance, and India’s foreign policy. Apart from his academic publications, Samir features regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. His latest published work includes, "India’s Contemporary Plurilateralism" in the Oxford University Press Handbook on India’s Foreign Policy; "New Room to Manoeuvre: An Indian Approach to Climate Change", a Global Policy–ORF publication; “Attitudes to Water in South Asia,” a joint ORF–Chatham House Report; “A Long Term Vision for BRICS,” a comprehensive vision document submitted to the BRICS Think Tanks Council; "The ITU and Unbundling Internet Governance: An Indian Perspective," for the Council on Foreign Relations; a joint research project between ORF and the Heritage Foundation, “Indo–US Cooperation on Internet Governance and Cyber Security;” and a paper on “The Shifting Digital Pivot: Time for Smart Multilateralism” for Digital Debates.

He is the Indian Chair for the Civil BRICS Initiative, and also chairs CyFy, the India conference on cyber security and internet governance.

List of Publications



Samir Saran, Digital Debates 2016 & 2015, GP-ORF Series.


Samir Saran, New Norms for a Digital Society, ORF Special Report No 20, (2016).


Samir Saran and Will Poff-Webster, Reimagining Multistakeholderism: Challenges for Internet Governance, ORF Issue Brief No 84, (2014)



Samir Saran, If India wants to become a superpower, it has to stop trying to become the next China, QUARTZ INDIA, September 01, 2016.


Samir Saran, The great 21st century data rush, LAWFARE, June 28, 2016.


Samir Saran and Arun Mohan Sukumar, What The Moscow Communique On Internet Governance Says About India’s Role In The Global Order, THE WIRE, April 4, 2016.


Samir Saran, The tyranny of technology: Time to change old systems to align with new realities, THE INTERPRETER, December 4, 2015.


Samir Saran and Mahima Kaul, US must reciprocate Indian stand on Internet governance, THE WIRE, 24 June, 2015.


Samir Saran, Securing Data Terrain, ORF Cyber Monitor, March Issue.


Samir Saran, Arguments for a Digital World, THE INDIAN EXPRESS, May 2, 2014.


Samir Saran, Internet Governance: The Key Questions for India, ORF Commentaries, March 05, 2014.


Samir Saran, Internet Realpolitik, THE INDIAN EXPRESS, February 11, 2014.


Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Miter, Cyber Debate in India: Finding a Middle Way, ORF Commentaries, November 14, 2013.


Samir Saran and Rahul Prakash, Internet architecture can’t be left solely in hands of developed world, GLOBAL TIMES, November 21, 2013.


Samir Saran and Abhijit Iyer Miter, Privacy, property and sovereignty in the cyber age, ORF Commentaries, October 08, 2013.


Samir Saran, Navigating e-commerce: What Alibaba can teach Indian businesses, DAILY MAIL, October 4, 2013.


Samir Saran, Keep Cyberspace Free, THE TIMES OF INDIA, September 12, 2013.