Mr. Sheel Kant Sharma

Curriculum Vitae of His Excellency Dr. Sheel Kant Sharma, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
Permanent Representative of India and Chairman of the G-77 - Vienna Chapter 2005

Academic Background:
Master of Science (Nuclear Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai (1971)
Ph.D. (High Energy Physics) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai (1974)
Professional Background:
July 1973 : Joined Indian Foreign Service
1976-77 : Served as Third Secretary/Second Secretary in Kuwait/Saudi Arabia
1978-81 : Under Secretary in the Middle East desk, Ministry of External Affairs covering at various stages countries from Iran, Iraq to North Africa
1981-82 : Fellow in the Institute of Defence Studies & Analysis (IDSA), N. Delhi
1982-83 : Deputy Secretary (North), Ministry of External Affairs, dealing with Nepal and Bhutan.
1983-86 : First Secretary (Disarmament), Permanent Mission of India, Geneva and Alternate Representative of India to UN Conference on Disarmament.
1986-89 : Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Algiers
1989-91 : Director (United Nations Division) and Disarmament Head, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi
1991-94 : Joint Secretary (South & Disarmament), Ministry of External Affairs in-charge of India's relations with ASEAN, Indo-China and South Pacific.
1994-2000 : Seconded to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna for the post of senior professional in External Relations & Policy Coordination Division, for a job as international civil servant.
Sept.2000 - July 2003 : Returned to MEA in India as Joint Secretary (Disarmament & International Security Affairs), covering all disarmament issues, bilateral security dialogues and dialogues on nuclear non-proliferation, export controls and defence Cooperation, security forums such as ARF, CICA, UNSC and other ad hoc groupings on security issues such as Pugwash.
July 2003 - July 2004 : Additional Secretary (International Organisations), Ministry of External Affairs with previous charge expanded to include other international organisations.
28 July 2004 onwards : Ambassador of India to Austria and Permanent Representative of India to all international organisations in Vienna
Publications: Research articles co-authored in Physical Review-D (1971), Physical Review Letters (1972)
Articles in newspapers and periodicals (Times of India, Mainstream and Sunday) during 1981-82 on nuclear disarmament issues
As Member of the UN Study Group on Verification (1989-91) co-authored the UN Report on Verification in 1991
As Member of the UN Study Group on Defensive Security Concepts (1991-93), co-authored the UN Report on Defensive Security Concepts
Wrote a UNIDIR Monograph on Verification of Fissile Materials Cut-Off and Non-use of Nuclear Weapons (1992)
Article in the IAEA Bulletin - 1995
Paper presented at the Pugwash Conference on Energy in Malta (1995)
Co-authored UN panel's report on missile in all their aspects in 2002
Conferences attended as representative of India/delegate: Non-Aligned Summit, New Delhi (1983)
Kulala Lumpur (2003), Annual Six Nation Summits on Nuclear Disarmament (1985-89)
Conference on Disarmament (1983-86)
United Nations General Assembly (1983-86, 2000-2003)
U.N. Disarmament Commission (1984-86, 2001)
UN Conference Rio+5 (1997)
IAEA General Conference (1994-99) and since 2004
International Conferences on Nuclear and Energy Issues (1994-99)
ARF Ministerial Meetings (2000-04)
Languages: French and Arabic
Hobbies and Extra-curricular Interests: Literature, readings on science & technology. Member of India International Centre and India Habitat Centre;
Sports and Leisure: Basketball, Tennis, Swimming, Yoga, Chess
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