Shivshankar Menon

Former National Security Adviser to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Menon is currently Chairman, Advisory Board, Institute of Chinese Studies, New Delhi, India, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, USA.

Menon was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India from January 2010 to May 2014, and previously Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009.

A career diplomat, he has served as Ambassador or High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-97), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003), and Pakistan (2003-6). He was a member of the Atomic Energy Commission of India, 2008-14 and also served in India’s mission to the IAEA in Vienna and in the Department of Atomic Energy in Mumbai.

In 2010 he was chosen by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers”. He has been a Richard Wilhelm Fellow at Harvard and Fisher Family Fellow at MIT in 2015. Menon is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Society Policy Institute in New York. His book, “Choices; Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy”, was published in October 2016.