Former Ambassador of India & President of Institute of Global Studies | INDIA The role of peace and security to facilitate global partnerships for the sustainable development Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, a Postgraduate in Physics from Delhi University is a career diplomat and served as the Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden, and Latvia as well as the Secretary/ Principal Executive Officer of the National Foundation for Communal Harmony, win the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He has also held several significant positions in Indian Embassies in Washington, Moscow, Brussels, Geneva, Bangkok, Teheran, and Dhaka. Currently Ambassador Sajjanhar is President of the Institute of Global Studies in New Delhi. Prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service, he worked as Staff Officer and Manager in Bank of India for 3 years. A keen proponent of Indian culture, he was the Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Cultural Centre in Moscow where he was instrumental in ushering in a new paradigm in cultural diplomacy. Ambassador Sajjanhar was Deputy Chief of Mission as well as Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN-ESCAP during his assignment in Bangkok from 2000 to 2003. Ambassador Sajjanhar was Deputy Chief of Mission to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg from 2005 to 2007. The EU-India Strategic Partnership as well as negotiations for the EU-India Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement were launched during his tenure in Brussels.