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Ambassador J.K. Tripathi is a retired officer of Indian Foreign Service with 33 years of
experience in Diplomacy.
Starting his career in 1981, Ambassador Tripathi has vast experience of Africa, Europe, Middle East
and Latin America. He had served in various capacities in Indian missions in Zambia, Maldives,
Hungary, Sweden, Venezuela and Oman before taking up the important post of Consul General of India in
Sao Paulo, Brazil, India’s only trade office in South America. In between his postings, Ambassador
Tripathi had served as Regional Passport Officer, Lucknow, Deputy Secretary (Myanmar) in the Ministry
of External Affairs and Director in the Indian Council for Cultural relations. Ambassador Tripathi
retired in 2014 after serving as Ambassador of India to Zimbabwe.
He is a member of Association of Indian Diplomats, Research Information Systems and Ambassadors’ Club
of PHD Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Tripathi is also on the Board of Advisors of the Indo-Latin
American Chamber of Commerce, M/S Dimitris Infrapro Pvt. Ltd, M/S Jaguar Overseas International and
M/S Quest Global Technologies.
He has keen interest in keeping abreast with the latest developments in International Affairs and
Diplomacy. He frequently appears on various National TV Channels for panel discussions on these
issues. He also contributes articles related to Foreign Policy and Diplomacy in various periodicals.
Ambassador Tripathi is a keen Golfer and a poet. He is well versed in Hindi, English, Urdu and
Ambassador Anup K. Mudgal, a member of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) retired in
May, 2016 as India's High Commissioner to Mauritius. As part of his diplomatic carrier spanning
thirty two years, he served thrice at the Head Quarters of the Ministry of External Affairs handling
relations with India's neighborhood; ASEAN region; Russian
Federation and some countries of Central and Eastern Europe as well issues relating to Human
As part of his eight assignments abroad Amb. Mudgal served in different capacities at the Indian
Missions in Mexico (including NAFTA matters), Peru, former Yugoslavia, Belgium (EU matters
), Germany, Austria ( work relating to: IAEA, UNIDO, UNODC, UNOOSA, UNCITRAL), and Mauritius
Post retirement, Amb Mudgal has been engaged in several voluntary assignments, the important ones
being: Member, FICCI Task Force on Blue Economy; Member, Steering Committee on Blue Economy under
PMEAC; Member, Core Team of Kalinga International Foundation; Chair, Diapora Committee, ARSP; Joint
Secretary, Association of Indian Diplomats; Guest lectures at: National Institute of Financial
Management, Faridabad, Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi, University of Ajmer, Rajasthan;
Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad; BULMIM, New Delhi.
Born in May, 1956, Amb Mudgal did most of his education in Delhi. He holds Masters' and M.Phil
degrees in plant sciences from University of Delhi. He speaks Hindi, English and Spanish.
Previously, he also briefly worked at the Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and as a
member of the Indian Forest Service.
A veteran officer with 35 year in diplomatic service of India, Sh Suresh K Goel has spent more
than 10 years of his career in South East Asia in Singapore, Malaysia, Laos and China. He has
worked actively on India-ASEAN partnership for 5 years and has personally been witness to
evolution of ASEAN as the most important regional organisation in South East Asia and developments
in Cambodia, Vietnam from 1981 onwards.
He served in the Permanent Mission of India in New York from 1991-95 where he worked on peace and
security related issues including concepts of Preventive Diplomacy, Preventive Deployment, Peace
Keeping, Peace Making and Post Conflict Reconstruction as part of Peace Building exercise and
Security Council reforms.
He retired in 2013 as Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs and Director General of the
Indian Council of Cultural Relations, and is currently working on the India and China relationship
in Indo China.
Ambassador (Retd.) Skand Ranjan Tayal, is a graduate of Allahabad University and
has a Post-Graduate Degree in Chemistry from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology,
After joining the Indian Foreign Service (1976), Ambassador Tayal served in Indian Missions in
Sofia, Warsaw, Geneva and Moscow. He was India’s Consul General in Johannesburg (1996-98) and
Houston (2002-05), and Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan (2005-08). He was Ambassador of India to
the Republic of Korea during 2008-11.
Ambassador Tayal was Secretary of the Indian National Commission for UNESCO during 1991-95 and
served briefly as the Director in charge of IITs in the Department of Education, Ministry of Human
Resource Development. He was Joint Secretary (Consular, Passport and Visa) in the Ministry of
External Affairs and the Chief Passport Officer of India during 1999-2002. He introduced far
reaching reforms in the passport issue system including comprehensive computerization, machine
printing of passports and Tatkal Scheme for fast track issue of passports.
Ambassador Tayal has wide experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and has been a
frequent speaker on contemporary affairs. He regularly writes for academic journals and Asian Age
Amb.Tayal was on the Board of Hindustan Shipyard Limited (Vizag) and MMTC Limited as an
independent director during 2013-16 and is Vice Chairperson of the India-Republic of Korea
Friendship Society. He was also Chairman of the Governing Board of Dyal Singh College in New Delhi
during 2013-16. He was a Visiting professor in the Delhi University during 2013-16.
Ambassador Tayal has authored a book ‘India and Republic of Korea: Engaged Democracies’ which
was released in December 2013 by the Hon’ble External Affairs Minister of India.
Ambassador Anil Wadhwa was born on 26 May, 1957 and was a member of the Indian
Foreign Service from 1 July, 1979 to 31 May, 2017.
In his previous diplomatic assignments, he served as Third Secretary in the Commission of
India, Hong Kong (Sep.1981 to Sep.1983); Second Secretary/ First Secretary in Embassy of India,
Beijing (Nov.1983 to Feb.1987); Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary in Ministry of External
Affairs, New Delhi (Feb.1987-May 1989); UN Disarmament Fellow in Geneva (July-Nov.1989); First
Secretary (Disarmament) at the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva (Dec.1989-Dec.1992);
Counsellor in Embassy of India, Beijing (Jan.1993 – Jul.1993); Director/Joint Secretary on
deputation to the Provisional Technical Secretariat and later the Technical Secretariat for the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague (July 1993-July 2000;
Chief Adviser, Ministry of External Affairs (Earthquake Relief) in Gujarat State, (Dec.2000 to
Jan.2001), Joint Secretary, Central and Eastern Europe, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi
(Mar.2001 to Feb.2004). Ambassador Wadhwa served as the Indian Ambassador to Poland and
Lithuania (March 2004 to August 2007), to the Sultanate of Oman (August 2007 to September 2011),
to the Kingdom of Thailand (Nov 2011 to Jan 2014) and to the Republic of Italy and San Marino (
March 2016 to May 2017 ). During this tenure, Ambassador Wadhwa has also served as a Permanent
Representative of India to the Rome-based UN Agencies – FAO, IFAD and WFP. He was appointed
President of the WFP Board on 22nd February, 2017.
Ambassador Wadhwa was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi from
2014 - 2016 looking after South-East Asia, Australasia and Pacific, Gulf and West Asian regions,
among other responsibilities. He was also the leader of the Senior officials to all meetings of
ASEAN, ASEM, ACD, Arab League, Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, ARF and East Asia Summit. During this
period he coordinated the evacuation of Indian nationals from Iraq, Libya, and Yemen.
From 1989-2000, Ambassador Wadhwa attended meetings of the First Committee in UNDC in New York
first as a Delegate of India and later as Representative of the OPCW where he worked as the Head
of the Media and Public Affairs Branch and subsequently the Government Relations and Political
As head of The Media and Public Affairs Branch of the OPCW, Ambassador Wadhwa interacted with
the international and local media and contributed articles on chemical weapons disarmament for a
number of reputed publications and the print media. During this period, he also organized a
number of events to forge links between the OPCW and other organizations and to raise the
profile of the organization.
Ambassador Wadhwa represented the OPCW in inter-agency meetings with the IAEA in Vienna, with
the OECD in Geneva and NATO and WEU and World Customs Organization in Brussels. He has attended
disarmament related meetings of the Biological Weapons Convention, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation
Treaty and ENMOD Convention and was involved in negotiations on the Chemical Weapons Convention
as well as on Climate Change. Besides South East Asia, he has extensive experience in the Middle
East, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Iraq , Libya, Maghreb, the North Korean and ISIS issues. He has
also been India’s chief delegate to the meetings of the small Island States and has organised
two major conferences related to South Pacific States (FIPIC) in India and in Fiji. Ambassador
Wadhwa has special interest, and has specialized in commercial work throught his career. He drew
up the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) Agreement between India & China in 1954. This was the first
ever agreement signed between the two countries since 1954. He headed the commercial wing of the
Indian embassy in Beijing from 1983-87 and again from 1993 onwards. During his stints in Poland,
Oman, Thailand and Italy, Ambassador Wadhwa was successful in attracting cutting edge
technologies, investments and oversaw a substantial jump in trade between India and these
countries by personally speaking at business related events.
He holds a Masters Degree in History with specialization in Chinese history and Medieval Indian
history and architecture. He is fluent in English, Hindi and Chinese and knows French.
Ambassador Wadhwa has contributed a number of articles, mainly in the field of disarmament and
international security. He has also spoken at a number of international conferences.
He is married to Ambassador Deepa Gopalan Wadhwa and the couple have two sons.
Ambassador S. Swaminathan A career diplomat, his career has concentrated
primarily on two areas – relations with India’s neighbours and economic diplomacy
He served in Sri Lanka and Pakistan and looked after Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives as
Under Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce and later on Iran and Afghanistan as Director in
the Ministry of External Affairs.
After a stint in the Ministry of Commerce in 1984-85, he served in Brussels in the Indian
Mission to the EU and as Minister (Eco & Com) in Berlin, Germany. He had earlier served in the
ASEAN as Counsellor in Malaysia and Vietnam respectively.
He was an Election Observer for the United Nations in South Africa during their first
democratic elections in April 1994.
He continued concentrating on economic diplomacy in Brazil where he served since August 2002,
first as DCM in Brasilia and then as Consul General in Sao Paulo, South America’s financial
capital. Prior to Sao Paulo, he had been appointed India’s Ambassador to Mongolia.
He then moved to Iceland as India’s first resident Ambassador. He retired from the Indian
Foreign Service in 2011 (DOB September 7, 1951).
His other interests include classical music, reading and travelling. He is married and has
two children, a daughter and a son.
Maj Gen Praveen Dixit, SM, VSM is a product of the Indian Military Academy. He holds a
Master’s Degree in ‘Defence Studies’ from the University of Madras. He is also an alumina of the Defence
Services Staff College in Wellington.
In recognition of his outstanding services as a Military Observer with the UNAMIR in Rwanda, Maj Gen
Dixit was awarded United Nations’ Medal for Assistance Mission. He served almost for 4 years as Defence
Adviser in the High Commission of India to Nigeria. He has rich experience of leading Armoured Regiments
in operational areas in India. He retired from the Indian Army as the Chief Instructor & Commandant of
Arms Corps Centre and School.
Maj Gen Dixit’s core competencies include ‘Strategic Planning” and ‘Relationship Management’.
She commenced her career from Hospitality Sector. Moving onto working with Diplomatic Missions,
Foreign/Indian Schools, (South Korean Embassy/Canadian High Commission/ American School) and Risk
Management / Insurance Industry (Royal & Sun Alliance and G4S).
As a modern female entrepreneur, utilizing her MBA in Marketing, Bandana has operated and managed an
apparel business, also provided consultation in Corporate Communication and Events.
Bringing her career up-to date Bandana is now working with G4S Secure Solutions- a Global Integrated
Security Solutions Provider. Attached with the group for a decade now presently holding the role as
Vice President- Diplomatic Missions & UN.
Earlier as the Director - Marketing Services at G4S she has handled Branding, Marketing, Turnkey
Events/ Launch, CSR, Communication, Website Designing Uniform & Marketing Collateral’s.
Not enough on her platter with this senior position, she combines her role with that of advisor to NRI
Institute (NRI Institute started as a Non Profit NGO in 1989, is diligently working
to connect Indian Diaspora) & JMS Foundation (that is dedicated to the welfare of marginalized girl
Lord Field Marshall Sir John John Chappel.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr. Blossom Kochar, Shri Anurag
Batra, Chairman – BW Business World Group
Global Nature Festival, at Constitution Club, Delhi.
In her business life she blends dynamism with a certain style and is a committed believer in the
need to further develop and empower the woman in Urban and Rural Sector.
She is pillar of strength for woman in personal and professional arena... Has been invited as a
speaker at various forums on Skill Development, Woman Empowerment, Communication skills, Soft skills
She combines her exacting role of professional executive with that of being a (single)
parent, to a
pretty 24 year daughter. A firm believer in social service, good deeds, sincerity and hard work.
During the little time left she indulges in her passion; designing clothes, likes to travel, loves
gardening, Floral arrangements, interior designing, music, reading and cooking.
Chartered Accountant and Law Graduate, with an experience of over 30 years, in the field of
Corporate Management, Finance, Statutory Compliances, Mergers & Acquisition, Audit and Management
Consultancy. Worked in different sectors of industry like Reality & Infrastructure, Hospital &
Health Care, Information Technology, Insurance and Risk Management. Hotel & Hospitality, Telecom
Engaged as Finance Specialist at Project Management & Monitoring Consultants (PMMC), Minst. of
Urban Development, Govt. of India and the Asian Dev. Bank (ADB) Grants for development of North-East
Region of India under the NERUDP Project, in 2015-16.
Has experience in Analysis and Reporting on Financial Statements of Project Audit- of SAO (Supreme
Audit Office, Govt. of Afghanistan) - under the Grant No- H 298-AF of International Development
Association (IDA), for the year period covered Aug. 2011 to Dec. 2013 for World Bank: Project Ref.
ID P120427 in 2014-15
Course attended: - Systems Analysis and Data Processing – 1984 conducted by Inst. of Chartered
Accountants, New Delhi.
Well versed with computers to establish Operational ERP and Financial systems, proficient in MS
Office and Excel. Preparation of periodical MIS Reports, Project Financial Feasibility Reports in
Business Model Presentations in MS PowerPoint.
Mr. Akur Raman Raghunandan has over 35 years of experience in mid/senior management
positions in medium/large corporations in India, Singapore and Dubai. He is widely
travelled and has deep understanding of conduct of businesses in number of countries. He began his
career in what was then the largest shipping company in private sector and separated as Deputy
General Manager prior to venturing out to set up his consulting endeavour. He was till recently
the CEO and Director of a US$ 1Bn trading entity in Singapore.
He built excellent relationships over the years with MNCs more specifically with regard to trade,
finance, shipping and logistics. He brings along versatile and multiple strengths in knowledge and
relationships in international business. Mr. Raghunandan is a founding member and Joint secretary
of Institute of Directors- Chennai Chapter, and still is an active member.
Mr. Thakur joined the services of the Government of India as GCS (Group Á’) officer in
February,1999. He worked in various capacities the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare,
Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ welfare (DAC&FW) for about 20 years. Prior
to joining the services of the Government of India, he worked with a Public Sector Bank in the
officer cadre from October, 1981 to January, 1999 where he gained rich experience in the field
of rural development and credit.
Mr. Thakur has wide ranging experience in the field of rural credit, farm risk management,
mitigation of farm distress and cooperatives. Along with other assignments in the DAC&FW, he was
handling the work of formulation of agricultural credit policies and programmes, revamping of
rural cooperative credit structure, policies and programmes for mitigating farm risk and
farmer’s distress, administration of Multi-state Cooperative Societies Act and Rules,
registration and management of Multi-state Cooperative Societies and Cooperative Banks. He has
also been involved with liaison with the concerned national and international agencies and
providing advisory services to the agencies working in the field of rural credit and
cooperatives. He also writes on the topics related to rural credit, farmer’s welfare and
Mr. Thakur served as Deputy Managing Director of National Cooperative Development Corporation
(NCDC), the apex development financial institution for the cooperatives in India for the period
January, 2015 to January, 2019. He also held the position of Director-General of Laxmanrao
Inamdar National Academy for Cooperative Research and Development (LINAC) which is an
institution promoted by NCDC for training and capacity building for cooperative sector. During
his tenure at NCDC, the business and profitability of the organisation witnessed manifold
increase. The business of NCDC increased from around Rs. 4000 crore in the year 2014-15 to more
than Rs.30,000 crore in the year 2018-19 year and its reserves almost doubled during this
Ambassador Sangeeta Bahadur, joined the Indian Foreign Service in
1987 and has recently retired from active service. During her 35-year career, she
served India in various capacities both at home and abroad. Starting with Spain, she
was posted, over the years, in Bulgaria, Mexico, Belgium, UK, and as Ambassador
to Belarus. She retired as High Commissioner to Malta.
At HQs, she handled responsibilities across the board, including as Deputy
Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR) and resident faculty at
the Sushma Swaraj Institute of Foreign Service, New Delhi. She also completed the
11-month course on National Security conducted by the National Defence College in
Delhi. During her long and distinguished career, she acquired substantial experience
in public administration, strategy planning, public relations, media management,
negotiations and narrative-building.
She is also a published and much-loved author of the heroic fantasy series,
KAAL, which is unique in weaving concepts from Indian spiritual traditions and
philosophy into the amazing journey of an original Indian superhero/avatar. Her next
book – a historical fantasy - is expected to be out soon.
She is a fluent Spanish speaker, a good orator who has regularly been invited
to speak at universities and other organizations, and a gifted amateur singer who has
often lent her voice to cultural events in India and abroad. She was a 2022 Global
Finalist under the UN’s SHE INSPIRES Annual Awards in two categories. She
holds a prominent position in the international organization, G-100, that brings
together high-profile women achievers in diverse fields. She is an active member of
the XENA World Foundation and President of their GenNext vertical. She is now
committing her time and experience to guest lectures and mentoring programmes at
various universities and is a strategic advisor to various organizations.
Ambassador Amrit Lugun, post graduate in management, after working for two
managerial position in Indian Petrochemicals Corporation Ltd, Vadodra, joined the
Indian Foreign Services in 1989. He has served in Indian Missions in Doha, Paris,
Algiers, Manila; in the capacity of Head of Mission in Sana’a, Khartoum, with concurrent
accreditation to Asmara and Athens, and as Director SAARC, Kathmandu handling
economic, trade and financial cooperation. In headquarters in various capacities, he has
handled India’s relations with Latin American and Caribbean countries and Eurasia
region countries, Indian technical and economic cooperation programme, consular,
passport and visa affairs and held the statutory post of Protector General of Emigrants.
Ministry of External Affairs commended his exemplary role and contribution towards
successful evacuation of around 6500 persons from Yemen under operation Rahaat,
which included foreign nationals from 46 countries.