Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Syed Akbaruddin – Is India doing enough at the United Nations in the New Century?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

4:00pm – 6:00pm

McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute

Reception to Follow

Syed Akbaruddin is an Indian Foreign Service officer serving as India's permanent representative at the United Nations since January 2016.

Akbaruddin is a 1985 batch civil servant. At the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, he was on deputation for four years and returned to India in 2011. He is considered an expert on the West Asia issues in India and has served in various capacities in that region including consul-general at Jeddah from 2000 to 2004. He was the director at the Foreign Secretary's Office of the Ministry from 2004 to 2005.

Akbaruddin was the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India from January 2012 to April 2015. He headed the External Publicity and Public Diplomacy division of the Ministry of External Affairs in the capacity of Joint Secretary to Government of India. Akbaruddin was also the chief coordinator for the India-Africa Summit in October 2015. He was later Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (India). In November 2015, Akbaruddin was appointed as India's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.