Former Indian Ambassador to the United States, Nirupama Rao has been appointed as the public policy fellow to a top American think-tank based in Washington.
Rao would be working on a project on Indo-China relationship. She will be affiliated with the Wilson Centre's Asia programme and would be spending three months in residence at the Wilson Centre, which is a key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues, beginning in June 2017.
Commenting on the development, the Wilson Centre stated that Rao will be working on a book project on Sino-Indian ties and will be contributing to the Wilson Centre's activities on India, including its India in Asia Initiative.
About Nirupama Rao
• Rao is a 1973 batch Indian Foreign Service officer.
• The 66-year-old was India's first woman ambassador to China.
• In July 2009, she became the second woman, after Chokila Iyer to hold the post of India's Foreign Secretary, the head of the Indian Foreign Service. She served till 2011.
• She is also the first and so far the only woman spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
• Besides China, she served as India’s Ambassador to several other countries including the United States, Sri Lanka and Peru.
• She also became India's first woman High Commissioner to Sri Lanka in August 2004, the same year when the country was hit by the devastating tsunami.
• She oversaw and administered all the relief operations launched by India for the affected areas of Sri Lanka.
Following her retirement from public service, Rao received an appointment as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the India Initiative at the Brown University.
She has even taught at an undergraduate seminar at the Brown University called 'India in the World'.