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Ambassador Akbaruddin

Ambassador Akbaruddin

Syed Akbaruddin is a retired Indian civil servant from 1985 batch of the Indian Foreign Service and served as India’s permanent representative at the United Nations at New York from January 2016 to April 2020. He had previously served as official spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs from January 2012 to April 2015 and was Indian representative at IAEA from 2006 to 2011.

Akbaruddin is a 1985 batch Indian Foreign Service officer. In his distinguished career spanning over 34 years, Akbaruddin has served in different capacities in India and abroad, starting his first foreign assignment in Cairo where he also learned Arabic. He also served twice in Saudi Arabia; in Riyadh from 1988 to 1992 and in Jeddah from 2000 to 2004 as consul-general of India and he is rightly considered an expert on the West Asia issues in India. At the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, he was on deputation for four years and returned to India in 2011.
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 and was succeeded by Vikas Swarup. He headed the External Publicity and Public Diplomacy division of the Ministry in the capacity of Joint Secretary to Government of India. He was also the chief coordinator for the India-Africa Summit in October 2015. He was later Additional Secretary in the Ministry from April 2015 to September 2015.

Akbaruddin presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on January 25, 2016. He has been praised inside his country and abroad for his exceptional skills at multilateral forums, protecting India’s interest and setting new standards of multilateral diplomacy. His work at the United Nations against terrorism, climate change and towards international peace has been unparalleled to any of his predecessors. He has been credited for blacklisting of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council.
On the climate front, Akbaruddin has presented India as leader and not a follower at the United Nations, by setting examples such as the inauguration of a 50-kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a first of its kind effort by India at the UN.

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Diplomacy and Statecraft: India’s Global Image and Responses
VoW 2021 | Speaker | Plenary
October 10, 2021 2:50pm to 3:30pm at USI Stage

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