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

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

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