Prof. (Dr.) Jitendra Nath Misra holds a Ph.D. from Jawaharlal Nehru University and is a retired Indian diplomat, serving as ambassador in Portugal and Laos, and consul general in Ho Chi Minh City. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Jindal School of International Affairs of O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India. Most recently he was a visiting professor at Jamia Millia Islamia University, and previously a visiting professor at University of Lisbon and Vietnam National University, an adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University, and a lecturer at Jamia Millia Islamia University. He has served as an advisor to the government of Odisha on sports and has delivered lectures at Foreign Service training institutions in India, the U.S., Colombia and Laos, as well as under the Distinguished Lectures programme of the Ministry of External Affairs, India. He has academic and literary publications in world- renowned journals in India, the U.S. and Portugal, including in World Policy Journal, India Review, Nação e Defesa (Nation and Defence), Strategic Analysis, India Quarterly, IDSA Journal and Indian Literature. He has over 150 op- ed columns in India, Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam, and regularly appears on television. He has a grant from Indian Council of World Affairs for a book on India- Portugal relations. He is the author of The Sport of Pace and Grace: A Biography of Field Hockey, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle- Upon- Tyne (Under contract/ forthcoming).