The announcement of the 20 leaders were announced a day before 'Parvasi Bharatiya Divas' beginning in Chennai on Wednesday, Jan 6.
The Council, headed by the Prime Minister, will "serve as institutionalised dialogue mechanism between the diaspora community and the highest levels of Government", Prime Minister's Media Adviser Deepak Sandhu said in a statement.
The Prime Minister"s Global Advisory Council is based on the idea that highly skilled overseas Indian Community represents a vast untapped resource that can be harnessed as an input into national development processes in India.
The Council will be chaired by the Prime Minister. Its members will include External Affairs Minister, Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs, senior designated officials from the Government of India, and the other prominent personalities like Jagdish Bhagwati, Karan F Bilimoria, Swadesh Chatterjee, Rajat Gupta, Ela Gandhi, Renu Khator, Lord Khalid Hameed, Kishore Mahbubani, P N C Menon, Bhikhu Chotalal Parekh, C K Prahlad, Tam Sri Dato Ajit Singh, Vikram Pandit, Sam Pitroda, Shashi Tharoor, Srinivasa S R Vardhan and Yusuf Alio.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)