A Padma Bhushan awardee, Shyam Saran is the Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board under the National Security Council and Senior Fellow with the Centre for Policy Research. He is well known for his writings and thoughts on politics and foreign policy issues. A post graduate in Economics, the career diplomat is multilingual, speaking Hindi, English, Chinese and French. Saran’s career in the Indian Foreign Services, spanning 36 years from 1970 to his retirement in 2006 took him to Beijing, Tokyo, Geneva, serve as India’s Ambassador to Indonesia and Nepal, and High Commissioner to Mauritius. He served as India’s Foreign Secretary and prior to that, as a Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office in 1991/92, he advised the Prime Minister on foreign policy, nuclear and defence related issues.