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


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
since 2008 Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Kathmandu, Nepal


Research articles in Physical Review-D (1971), Physical Review Letters (1972)
Articles in newspapers and periodicals (Times of India, Mainstream and Sunday) during 1981-82 on nuclear disarmament issues
As Member of the UN Study Group on Verification (1989-91) co-authored the UN Report on Verification in 1991
As Member of the UN Study Group on Defensive Security Concepts (1991-93), co-authored the UN Report on Defensive Security Concepts
Wrote a UNIDIR Monograph on Verification of Fissile Materials Cut-Off and Non-use of Nuclear Weapons (1992)
Article in the IAEA Bulletin, 1995
Paper presented at the Pugwash Conference on Energy in Malta (1995)
Co-authored UN panel s report on missiles in all their aspects in 2002


Conferred Distinguished Alumnus Award by IIT, Bombay, 2007