Former Foreign Secy Shyam Saran assumes office as new IIC president
Following the completion of tenure by NN Vohra as IIC president, former Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran, Life Trustee, IIC has been unanimously elected by the Board as IIC’s new president. He assumed office earlier today. The president of IIC (India International Centre) is elected once in five years from among the Life Trustees following the time-honoured principle of rotation of the presidency.
As a Foreign Secretary of India, Saran served as Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change. After leaving government service in 2010, he headed the Research and Information System for Developing Countries, a prestigious think tank focusing on economic issues (2011-2017) and was Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council (2013-15). He is Member of the Governing Board of the Centre for Policy Research and of the Institute of Chinese Studies. H has authored two books: The first one How India Sees the World was published in 2017 while the second one How China Sees India and the World was published recently.
Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2011 for his contributions to civil service. In May 2019, he was conferred the Spring Order Gold and Silver Star by the Emperor of Japan for promoting India-Japan relations.