Mr Shiv Shankar Mukherjee
Shiv Shankar Mukherjee retired recently from a distinguished career with the Indian Foreign Service that culminated in his posting as High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in 2008. He came to London following three years as Indian Ambassador to Nepal, where he was credited with skilful handling of the crisis in Kathmandu that led to the deposing of King Gyanendra and the holding of elections for a new constituent assembly.
His nearly 40-year career included service in Damascus, Lusaka, Washington, Brussels, Cairo (as Ambassador) and Pretoria (as High Commissioner). He has also served as the spokesperson for the Indian Foreign Ministry and as director general of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
Shiv Shankar Mukherjee was born in August 1949 and educated in Agra and Delhi. He took his BSc and MSc in Chemistry from Delhi University before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1971.
Contributing to the world of higher education is a top priority for him following his retirement, including his work with SOAS. Though he now lives in New Delhi, he has visited the School on numerous occasions and gave strong support to its recent UK-India Higher Education Partnership Programme, in which he facilitated the active participation of 15 vice chancellors of Indian universities.