Harsh Shringla, Chief Coordinator for India’s G20 Presidency and former Foreign Secretary of India

Harsh Shringla, Chief Coordinator for India’s G20 Presidency and former Foreign Secretary of India

Harsh Vardhan Shringla is the Chief Coordinator of India’s G20 Presidency.  Prior to this, he was Foreign Secretary of India.

In a four-decade long Indian Foreign Service career, he has been Ambassador to the United States, High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Ambassador to Thailand. He was also Consul General of India in Durban, South Africa and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 He has worked on all major diplomatic geographies and issues during these four decades. His experience of the neighbourhood, important in the era of ‘Neighbourhood First’ diplomacy, is extensive. He is also an experienced multilateral diplomat, having worked on two UN Security Council tenures, having served in the Indian Mission to the UN in New York, and headed both the UN Political and SAARC Divisions.

He has managed key economic diplomacy initiatives; worked on overseas Indian issues and with the diaspora, including on events such Howdy Modi; and coordinated major evacuation and Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief operations such as Operations Vande Bharat,Sagar (pandemic HADR) Ganga (Ukraine), Devi Shakti (Afghanistan) and Insaniyat (Bangladesh)

He also worked in the private and public sectors in India prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service.

He has addressed a wide range of institutions and interest groups, including think tanks, Universities and business associations in India and abroad. He has also written extensively for leading publications worldwide.

He has an avid interest in the outdoors and in sports. He has undergone professional courses at the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi and participated in several mountaineering expeditions. He has an interest in field hockey, having played at university.