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T.P. Sreenivasan

Former Ambassador of India

T.P. Sreenivasan is the Vice-Chairman and Executive Head of the Kerala State Higher Education Council with the rank of Vice-Chancellor. The Council has the mandate to advise the Government of Kerala on all matters pertaining to the Universities and other institutions of higher learning in Kerala.

A former Permanent Representative  of India to the United Nations, Vienna and Governor for India of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna and Ambassador to Austria and Slovenia (2000-2004), T.P. Sreenivasan has served in the Indian Foreign Service for 37 years.

 His previous postings were as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Washington, (1997-2000) High Commissioner of India to Kenya and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Nairobi, (1995-1997) Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, New York. (1992-1995) and Ambassador to Fiji and 8 other South Pacific Island States (1986-1989). He has also served in New Delhi, Tokyo, Thimphu, New York and Yangon. He rose to the highest level in the Indian Foreign Service in 2001 and retired in 2004. Mr. Sreenivasan has nearly 20 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy and has represented India at a number of international conferences organised by the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Nonaligned Movement.  He has chaired several UN Committees and Conferences.

Mr. Sreenivasan has a creditable academic record, having stood first in the University of Kerala in B.A. (English) and M.A. (English).  He has won several distinctions during his student days. He speaks Japanese and Russian.

Mr. Sreenivasan was a member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Government of India from 2009 to 2012. He is presently the Director General, Kerala International Centre and an Adviser to ‘Asianet’ and produces a weekly TV programme on international issues entitled ‘Videsa Vicharam’. He also contributes articles regularly to the “Asia Wall Street Journal”, ‘The New Indian Express,The Times of India’, ‘The Tribune’ ‘Deccan Chronicle”, Asian Age, Malayalamanorama and Mathrubhumi ‘Rediff.com’ He is a Visiting Professor of International Relations and Chair of the Centre for Diaspora Studies at the Central University of Kerala. Kasaragod. He was the Executive Director of ‘IAEA 2020’, a project launched by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.

Mr. Sreenivasan was a Visiting Fellow on Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington in 2009. He is the author of three books: ‘Words, Words, Words—Adventures in Diplomacy’, ‘Encounters’ and ‘Mattering to India-the Shashi Tharoor Campaign.’

Mr. Sreenivasan is married to Lekha Sreenivasan who is an Indian classical dancer and painter. She is the founder chairperson of Karuna Charities International. The couple has two children; one of them, Sreenath Sreenivasan is the Chief Digital Officer of Columbia University New York and Professor of New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, New York and the other, Sreekanth Sreenivasan is in the private sector in Dubai.

Mr. Sreenivasan is a keen golfer

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