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H. E. Dr. Sheel Kant SHARMA Secretary General, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Kathmandu


1971 Master of Science, Nuclear Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai
1974 Ph.D., High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai
1973 Joined Indian Foreign Service
1976-1977 Served as Third Secretary/Second Secretary in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia
1978-1981 Under Secretary, Middle East desk, Ministry of External Affairs, covering at various stages countries from Iran, Iraq to North Africa
1981-1982 Fellow, Institute of Defence Studies & Analysis (IDSA), N. Delhi
1982-1983 Deputy Secretary (North), Ministry of External Affairs, dealing with Nepal and Bhutan
1983-1986 First Secretary (Disarmament), Permanent Mission of India, Geneva
1986-1989 Counsellor, Embassy of India, Algiers
1989-1991 Director (United Nations Division) and Disarmament Head, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi
1991-1994 Joint Secretary (South & Disarmament), Ministry of External Affairs, dealing with ASEAN, Indo-China and South Pacific
1994-2000 Deputation to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna in External Relations & Policy Coordination Division
2000 Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs)
2003 Covering all disarmament issues, bilateral security dialogues and Dialogues on nuclear non-proliferation, export controls and defence Cooperation, regional security forums such as ARF, CICA and other ad hoc groupings
2003-2004 Additional Secretary (International Organisations), Ministry of External Affairs with previous charge expanded to include international organisations
2004-2008 Ambassador of India to Austria and Permanent Representative of India to International Organisations in Vienna