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India’s Presidency of G-20 and Role in Global Affairs

April 20 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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You are cordially invited to Strategic Affairs Distinguished Lecture –  India’s Presidency of G-20 and Role in Global Affairs

Saturday, April 20th, 2024, 10.00 AM EST; 8:30 PM IST
Online, 1 hours 30 minutes

Distinguished Speaker
Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Dr. A. Adityanjee, President
Council for Strategic Affairs

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About the Distinguished Speaker 

Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla

Dr. Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla is the Chief Coordinator of India’s G20 Presidency. Prior to this, he was India’s 33rd Foreign Secretary. His working life began in the private and public sectors with brief management stints at Brooke Bond India Ltd and Air India. In 1984, he qualified for the elite Indian Foreign Service after ranking 15th in the UPSC’s Combined Civil Service Examination. In his almost four-decade long diplomatic career, he served as India’s Ambassador to the United States of America and to Thailand, and as High Commissioner of India in  Bangladesh. He was also Consul General of India in Durban, South Africa and in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has worked on all major diplomatic geographies and issues during his long and distinguished career. His focus, however, has been on India’s neighbors as head of division in the Ministry of External Affairs and later as Foreign Secretary. His experience of the neighborhood, important in the era of ‘Neighborhood First’ diplomacy, is extensive. He is an experienced multilateral diplomat, having worked on two Indian tenures on the UN Security Council; served in the Indian Mission to the UN in New York; and as Permanent Representative to UNESCAP in Bangkok. He has headed both the UN Political and SAARC Divisions in headquarters. During his tenure as Foreign Secretary, he has managed key economic diplomacy initiatives; worked on overseas Indian issues and with the diaspora; and coordinated major evacuation and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations such as Operations Vande Bharat, Sagar (pandemic HADR), Ganga (Ukraine), Devi Shakti (Afghanistan) and Insaniyat (Bangladesh).

He dealt with some of the most pressing foreign policy issues, namely fallout of the Covid pandemic, India-China border issues at Ladakh, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and military takeover in Myanmar. The highlights of his career include his key role in launching the ‘Sonali Adhyay’ in India-Bangladesh relations. He was co-chair of the India-Bangladesh Joint Boundary Working Group which finalized the landmark India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement. He also organized the spectacular ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump jointly addressed almost 50,000 persons, in a rare display of the vitality and public support for India-U.S ties. He has addressed a wide range of institutions and interest groups, including think tanks, Universities and business associations in India and abroad. He has also written extensively for leading publications worldwide.

He has an interest in conflict prevention, a subject on which he has pursued a course at Columbia University. He has received the JT Gibson Award for Outstanding Alumni from his school, Mayo College, and was inducted into the ‘Order of Illustrious Stephanians’ by his university alma mater, St Stephen’s College. He has a D. Litt (doctorate) honoris causa from ICFAI University, Sikkim.  He has an avid interest in the outdoors and in sports. He has an interest in field hockey, having played at university. He has undergone professional courses at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and participated in several mountaineering expeditions.

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April 20
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