Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who is currently serving as Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala since 2009
Arun K. Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1979 after completing his Master’s Degree in Economics from Delhi University and teaching at the University for two years. His first assignment abroad was at the Embassy of India, Moscow from 1981-1982, where he learnt Russian. Later, he served at the Indian Missions in Addis Ababa as Second Secretary from 1982-1985, and in Tokyo as First Secretary from 1985 - 1988. On returning to Delhi at the Headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, he served as Deputy Secretary / Director dealing with East Asia and Pakistan Divisions from 1988-1991. From 1991-1993, he headed the Offices of the Foreign Secretary and the External Affairs Minister of India. Ambassador Singh served at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Office, New York from 1993-1997 as Counsellor and handled multilateral social and economic negotiations. He served in the Indian Mission at Moscow again as Counsellor / Minister from 1997-2000. During his assignment in Delhi from 2000-2005, he served in the capacity of Joint Secretary dealing first with the United Nations Policy, and then Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Divisions at the Ministry of External Affairs. Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to Israel from April 2005 to September, 2008; and then as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India, Washington D.C from October 2008 to April 2013. Ambassador Singh served as Ambassador of India to France from April, 2013 to April, 2015. He assumed his new assignment as Ambassador of India to United States on April 30, 2015. Ambassador Singh speaks Russian and Japanese and has some knowledge of French and Hebrew. He is married to Dr. Maina Chawla Singh; they have one daughter.
Vikram Kirloskar is the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry, Southern Region for the year 2017-18. In addition, he also holds the following positions – Member, Board of Trustees, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, USA, Chairman, Global Innovation & Technology Alliance, Member, STS* Forum Council, Japan (*Science & Technology in Society) He was involved in opening the import licensing for capital equipment while serving on the Government’s Development Council for Machine Tools in the late 1980’s. He has also served as the President of The Central Manufacturing Technology Institute in Bangalore. He continues to serve on the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry. He also serves on the Govt. of India Development Council for Automobiles and the National Council for Electric Mobility. Mr. Kirloskar is also President, Automotive Research Association of India and the Past President of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers.
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