Ambassador Kanwal Sibal
Ambassador Kanwal Sibal was awarded the highest honour for a career foreign service officer by being named Foreign Secretary to the Government of India, a post he held from July 2002 to November 2003. His diplomatic career spanned 41 years. Among his important postings were serving as India’s Ambassador to Turkey (1989-1992), Deputy Chief of Mission in the United States (1992-1995), with the rank of Ambassador, Ambassador to Egypt (1995-1998), to France (1998-2002) and to Russia (2004-2007).
He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board from November 2008 to November 2010. Currently he is the Non Executive Chairman of EADS India, and sits on the board of the New York based East West Institute. Ambassador Sibal writes regularly for national journals and periodicals on international affairs. Ambassador Sibal also studied at Oxford University. He speaks French fluently and has received the high distinction of Grand Officier of the Ordre du Merit from the Government of France.