Alfred Deakin Memorial Lecture

In his lecture, High Commissioner Biren Nanda will seek to explain how the interplay between India’s domestic situation and changes in the international environment have shaped the contours of India’s foreign policy; how India approaches South Asia and its extended neighbourhood to the east and west, India’s role in the regional architecture in East Asia and the Indian Ocean Region; India’s relations with major powers, India’s Defence and Security Policy and finally India- Australia relations.>

Upon completion of his Post Graduation in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Mr. Biren Nanda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1978.

Mr Nanda has previously served as a diplomat in Indian Missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C. , Tokyo and Jakarta. He was the Consul General of India in Shanghai from 1996-2000, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Tokyo from 2000-2004 and Ambassador of India in the Republic of Indonesia from 2008-2012.

Prior to taking up his assignment in Jakarta, Mr Nanda was the Head of the Division in the Ministry of External Affairs which looks after relations between India and countries of Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Nanda is presently High Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Government of the Commonwealth of Australia since April 26, 2012.

Mr Nanda is married to Mrs. Rukmani Nanda and has one son, aged 26 years.

Presenters Biren Nanda