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H H S Vishwanathan

HHS Vishwanathan was a member of the Indian Foreign Service for 34 years. He has a long and diverse experience in International relations and Diplomacy. His foreign assignments include Belgium, Zaire, Czechoslovakia, Germany, China, Italy, Cote d' Ivoire, USA and Nigeria. He was the Head of Mission (Ambassador/ High Commissioner) in Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Niger, Guinea (Conakry), Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Benin, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. At the Headquarters in MEA, he has been Deputy Secretary (East Europe) and Joint Secretary (Administration).In USA, Vishwanathan held the position of Consul General of India in San Francisco with a consular jurisdiction over 14 States in the mid- West and West coast of the US.

He has also considerable experience in multilateral diplomacy and represented India in the African Development Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). He was also an Observer at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He has participated in several conferences/seminars/workshops in UC, Berkley, UCLA, Stanford University, CSU, Riverside, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and University of Sienna (Italy)

Presently he is working as a Distinguished Fellow at ORF's Centre for International Relations

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