Mr. Lalit Mansingh has served as India’s Foreign Secretary, Ambassador to the United States and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. He has also been Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates and High Commissioner in Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Chad and the Cameroons.
Ambassador Mansingh joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1963 after securing the first position in the All India Civil Service Examination. After his initial posting in Geneva, he went on to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Indian Embassies in Kabul, Brussels, and Washington.
At headquarters in Delhi, Ambassador Mansingh worked in a variety of assignments: as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Dean of the Foreign Service Institute and Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Born 29 April 1941, Ambassador Mansingh graduated in History and obtained a Master’s degree in Political Science. He was awarded the University’s Gold Medals for securing the top position in both subjects. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a Research Fellow in American Studies at the School of International Studies in Delhi and as Lecturer in the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science at Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, Orissa. He was recently conferred the Doctorate of Laws, Honoris Causa, by the University of North Orissa.
Current engagements include Prof Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India; Member of the Governing Body/Executive Committee of institutions in New Delhi including the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies; Development Alternatives and Indian Council for Sustainable Development. He is Chairman FICCI-India US Policy Group; President, World Cultural Forum (India) and is on the International Advisory Boards of APCO Worldwide, Washington and the Bonita International Trust, London.
Ambassador Mansingh is currently active in a number of international initiatives for conflict resolution, regional security and sustainable development. As a member of an international group of elder statesmen constituted by the Brookings, Stanford and New York University, he worked on a project entitled “Managing Global Insecurity” that resulted in a publication, “Power and Responsibility” in 2009. He is a member of an international group called the Non-Official Group of Friends of Sri Lanka, which aims at assisting that country in its post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation. Ambassador Mansingh is part of a Track II dialogue between India and Pakistan focusing on confidence-building measures between the two nuclear-armed neighbors. He is participating in a project on Expanded Non Proliferation organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, Washington D.C.