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The India-Sri Lanka Foundation and

Bandaranaike Center for International Studies (BCIS) Cordially invite you to a lecture on

“India and Sri Lanka and the Asian Resurgence� by

Ambassador Shyam Saran

(Former Foreign Secretary of India & Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries) on

Thursday 17th November, 2011 at 6.00 p.m. at Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies Auditorium, BMICH, Colombo 7 Hon'ble Dr. Sarath Amunugama,

Senior Minister for International Monetary Cooperation will grace the occasion as the Guest of Honour. RSVP: 2389924/2698019 Email: islfcolombo@gmail.com or nishani@bcis.edu.lk

Please be seated by 5.45 p.m. Brief Profile of Amb. Saran on reverse


BIO PROFILE Ambassador Shyam Saran, a distinguished career diplomat, was Foreign Secretary of India from 2004-2006. He served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Indo-US civil nuclear issues and later as Special Envoy and Chief Negotiator on Climate Change until February 2010. He continues to be involved in providing inputs to the Government of India on policy matters, as a member of the National Security Advisory Board, and was recently appointed Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries, which is a major think tank specializing in studies on economic and trade-related issues. He has been India’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Indonesia and Nepal and High Commissioner to Mauritius and has served in several capitals of the world including Beijing, Tokyo and Geneva. In the Ministry of External Affairs, Ambassador Saran headed the Economic Division, the Multilateral Economic Division and the East Asia Division which handles relations with China and Japan. Ambassador Saran was also Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for foreign policy, nuclear and defence related issues. On January 26, 2011, Ambassador Saran achieved the rare distinction of being awarded the Padma Bhushan by the President of India for his outstanding contribution to civil service. The Padma Bhushan is the third highest national award in India.


Lecture by Amb. Shyam Saran