Former Indian Foreign Secretary to Join Lowy Institute

18 May 2015

Source: The Economic Times

Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Shyam Saran would be joining a leading Australian think-tank as an international fellow.

Shyam Saran, 68, a distinguished career diplomat who has played an important part in India's rise in the world will join the Lowy Institute as its 2015 Telstra Distinguished International Fellow.

"I am delighted to welcome Ambassador Saran as the Lowy Institute's third Distinguished International Fellow. I have no doubt he will make an important contribution to the Australian public debate about the role of India in a changing world," said Dr Michael Fullilove, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute.

"I feel honoured to have been invited to serve as the 2015 Telstra Distinguished International Fellow. I look forward to the opportunity of sharing perspectives on a range of regional and global issues with Australian interlocutors and opinion leaders," Saran said.

A former Indian Foreign Secretary with postings to Beijing, Tokyo, Myanmar, Indonesia, Saran has served as the Prime Minister's personal representative at G20, G8 and climate change summits.

As the Prime Minister's personal envoy, he played an integral part in shaping the historic US-India civil nuclear agreement signed in 2006, Fullilove said.

Saran will deliver the Owen Harries Lecture while he is in Australia.

The lecture honours the great contribution Harries, a nonresident Fellow of the Lowy Institute, made to the international policy debate in Australia and the United States.

Saran will visit Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra between November 9-20 this year for events, meetings and media engagements.

"The extraordinary experience Ambassador Saram brings to the table will add a new and very valuable perspective to Australia's unfolding sense of its place in Asia and in particular its engagement with India.

"His voice and ideas are most welcome and I'm delighted Telstra has been able to play a small role in facilitating his contribution through the Fellowship program," said Tony Warren, Telstra's Group Executive of Corporate Affairs.