Shiv Shankar Menon
National Security Adviser
Menon is National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister of India since 23 January 2010. He was previously Foreign Secretary of India from October 2006 to August 2009 and has served as Ambassador and High Commissioner of India to Israel (1995-7), Sri Lanka (1997-2000), China (2000-2003) and Pakistan (2003-2006). He was also a member of the Atomic Energy Commission in 2008-9.
A career diplomat, he served in China (thrice), in Japan, and in Austria in the Embassy and the Mission to the IAEA and UN. He was seconded to the Department of Atomic Energy in the early eighties. His professional experience included India’s relations with her neighbours, atomic energy and disarmament issues, and India’s relations with the major powers. Menon speaks Chinese and some German. He is an MA in ancient history from Delhi University. Menon is married to Mohini, and has two children.