Savithri Lakshmanan (L.Savithri) is presently Director representing India at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu. She is an officer of the Indian Foreign Service and has been nominated to the post by Government of India. Her responsibilities in the Secretariat include Trade, Finance and Economic matters relating to regional cooperation among SAARC member states. She joined the Secretariat on 22 November 2013.
Prior to join the Secretariat, she was Director in the Public Diplomacy Division of Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Her responsibilities include managing Ministry’s outreach beyond Government and Media and this involves encouraging academic, student and youth exchanges, think-tank interactions, hosting delegations of senior professionals and parliamentarians, supporting seminars and conferences, etc. One of the pioneering efforts undertaken by the Public Diplomacy Division, in which she was closely involved in all stages from conceptualizing to implementation, is organizing two successful annual Conventions of International Relations Scholars in India. The Convention brings the large IR community in one platform for an interaction with practitioners in the foreign policy establishment.
She has served in Indian Embassies in Kathmandu and Seoul besides a three year stint in Consulate General of India in Chicago. In the Ministry headquarters, she has handled desks relating to Nepal, Bhutan, Central Asia and the United States. She was extensively associated in working out outcomes of President Obama’s visit to India in November 2010 and instituting the India-US Strategic Dialogue and the India-US High Technology Cooperation Group.
L.Savithri is a post graduate in Physics from University of Delhi. She also holds a Diploma in Diplomatic Studies from Oxford University, UK. She has attended the International Futures programme organized by the German Foreign Office. She has also participated in a series of civil-military interactions organized by the Defense establishment in India to develop understanding of security and related imperatives.