The High Commissioner of India to Australia, Biren Nanda, delivered the annual Alfred Deakin Memorial Lecture on the subject Indian Foreign Policy in a Globalised World at an event hosted by the Australia India Institute in Melbourne.
High Commissioner Nanda’s lecture explored developments in India and the world that are shaping India’s foreign policy, impacting upon its neighbours, and relations with the major powers and middle-ranked powers like Australia.
The 2013 Alfred Deakin Memorial Lecture was compulsory listening for anyone interested in the rise of India, and Australia’s relations with an emerging superpower in the Asian Century.
BIREN NANDA completed his postgraduate education at the Delhi School of Economics before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1978. Mr Nanda has served as a diplomat in Indian Missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., Tokyo and Jakarta. He was Consul-General of India in Shanghai from 1996-2000, Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo from 2000-2004, and Ambassador to Indonesia from 2008-2012. Prior to taking up his assignment in Jakarta, Mr Nanda was Head of the South-East Asia and Pacific Division, Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He has served with distinction as High Commissioner of India to Australia since April 2012.
Biren Nanda and Amitabh Mattoo