Kanwal Sibal, with over 40 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, He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board from 2008 to 2010. He is on the Board of the New York based East-West Institute and member of the Executive Council of the Vivekanand International Foundation. He is an adviser to the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. He is also Chairman of the Forum of Strategic and Security Studies. He is an Editorial Consultant to The Indian Defence Review and is Foreign Affairs Editor of Force.
He was President of the Association of Indian Diplomats in 2011. He has written more than 500 Op-Eds and other articles for major national journals and periodicals on international affairs. 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. He has been decorated by Russian Foreign Minister on behalf of the Russian Foreign Ministry for Contributions to International Cooperation.