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Anil Wadhwa Former Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs

Anil Wadhwa was a member of the IFS from July 1979 till May 2017. In his 37-year career, he has been ambassador of India to Italy, San Marino, Thailand, Oman, Poland and Lithuania, and has served in Hong Kong, Beijing (twice), permanent mission of India in Geneva and worked on deputation with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague where he headed their media and public affairs and government relations branches. Ambassador Wadhwa was head of the East Europe division in the MEA in New Delhi and looked after relations with Russia and Eastern European countries. As Secretary (East) in the MEA, he oversaw relations with ASEAN, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Middle East and West Asia. He has attended a host of international conferences and was Indian delegate to the conference on disarmament in Geneva, first committee in New York, as well as to the ASEAN, ASEM, ADMM and Small Island States meetings such as Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC). Ambassador Wadhwa has contributed a number of articles on foreign policy, disarmament and international security. He is fluent in Chinese and knows French. He has been a senior fellow (January–October 2018), and since then, a distinguished fellow with the VIF, New Delhi. He also serves as an independent Director/Advisor on some corporate boards.