Ambassador Lalit Mansignh
Ambassador Lalit Mansingh is a member of the Bonita Trust International Advisory Board. He has served as India’s Foreign Secretary, Ambassador to the United States and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. His recent engagements include: Professor Emeritus at the Foreign Service Institute of India; Member, Executive Committee of the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi; Member, India Council for Sustainable Development and President of the World Cultural Forum-India. Ambassador Mansingh also shares his experiences with the Brookings Institute in the US.
Ambassador Lalit Mansingh joined the Indian Foreign service in 1963. 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. In addition to London and Washington, he has been Head of Mission in the United Arab Emirates and in Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Benin, Chad and Cameroon.
At headquarters in Delhi, Lalit 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 on 29 April, 1941, Ambassador Lalit 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 Services he worked as a Research Scholar in American Studies at the School of International Studies in Delhi, and as Lecturer in the Post-Graduate Department of Political Science, University of Bhubaneswar, Orissa.