Kanwal Sibal, with 41 years of experience in diplomacy, is a former Foreign Secretary to the Government of India. He has been Ambassador to Turkey, Egypt, France and Russia, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington DC (with rank of an Ambassador).

He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board from 2008 to 2010. He was President of the Association of Indian Diplomats in 2011. He is on the Board of the New York based East-West Institute; member of the Executive Council of the Vivekanand International Foundation; Adviser to the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum; Chairman of the Forum of Strategic and Security Studies; Editorial Consultant to The Indian Defence Review; Foreign Affairs Editor of Force. He is a member of Leaders for Peace, an international forum established by former French Prime Minister Mr. Raffarin.

He has written more than 550 Op-Eds and other articles for major national newspapers and periodicals on international affairs. He is frequently called up to speak on foreign policy and strategic affairs by various institutions and participate in TV debates.

He was made a Grand Officier of the Ordre National du Merite by the French President in 2004. In 2017, he received the Padam Shree award from the President of India. In 2017, he was decorated by the Russian Foreign Minister for Contributions to International Cooperation.

His book of poems “Snowflakes of Time” has been published by Bloomsbury in 2016.