Dr. Thomas Mathew, aged 63 years, holds a bachelor’s degree in arts from the University of Delhi and a bachelor’s degree in law from Campus Law Centre-II, Faculty of Law. He also holds a master’s degree in arts, a degree of master of philosophy, and a degree of doctor of philosophy from Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has experience of working with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defence amongst other. He represented India as the leader of the delegation in several conferences and meetings. He has addressed/presented papers in several fora including those in the United States Department of Defence and Stanford University, USA. He also spearheaded several new reforms in the Ministry of Defence. He published scores of articles, Op-eds, etc. in leading newspapers like the Times of India, Economic Times, The Indian Express, The Hindu, etc. He has also edited book on India-US Strategic Ties contributing it lead chapter. As the Additional Secretary to the 13th President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, he authored two books, “The Winged Wonders of Rashtrapati Bhavan” and “Abode Under the Dome”. These books were regularly presented by the Indian President to the visiting Heads of States and other world leaders who called on him.