Former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs; Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs
An author, politician and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a second-term Lok Sabha MP representing the Thiruvananthapuram constituency and chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on external affairs, he has previously served as minister of state for human resource development and minister of state for external affairs in the government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker and administrator at the highest levels, serving as under-secretary general during Kofi Annan's leadership of the organization. Dr. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of works of both fiction as well as non-fiction.