Ambassador Biren Nanda

Ambassador Biren Nanda

Senior Fellow

Email: biren.nanda@dpg.org.in

Ambassador Biren Nanda served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1978 to 2015 and is a distinguished former career diplomat with extensive experience of working in East Asia.

He has been India’s High Commissioner to Australia ( 2012-1015); Ambassador to Indonesia, Timor Leste and the ASEAN ( 2008-12); India’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Tokyo ( 2000-2004) and Consul General in Shanghai ( 1996-2000). Ambassador Nanda has also served in Indian Missions in Beijing, Washington DC and Singapore. He spent a total of ten years in China during his three terms as a diplomat in that country.  His entire career as a diplomat was spent in East Asia with the sole exception of his Washington posting.

During 2004-2008 Ambassador Nanda was posted in the Ministry of External Afairs in New Delhi as Joint Secretary (South) and was responsible for India’s relations with Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Ambassador  Nanda contributed to the strengthening of the strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, the strengthening and diversification of India’s relations with Australia and  helped  reinvigorate India’s Look East Policy and the intensification of India’s ties with ASEAN  and Pacific countries.

Ambassador Nanda retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January 2015. He has since participated in a number of Track 2 dialogues involving major Think Tanks of Japan, Australia and China.

In July 2016, he joined the Delhi Policy Group as a Senior Fellow. The Delhi Policy Group is amongst India’s oldest independent think tanks focussed on strategic issues of critical national interest.

He is currently the co-Chair of the India Indonesia Eminent Person’s Group which is to draw up a Vision Statement 2025 for the Strategic Partnership 
between the two countries.

An alumnus of the St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, (1971-74) Ambassador Nanda holds an MA degree from the Delhi School of Economics (1974-76). His interests include travel, listening to Indian Classical Music and reading.


 

  • ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific

    ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific

    Date: July 15, 2019

    DPG Policy Brief Vol. IV, Issue 18: ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific by Ambassador Biren Nanda, Senior Fellow, DPG

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  • Advancing BIMSTEC Cooperation:  Action Plans and Recommendations for Policy Makers

    Advancing BIMSTEC Cooperation: Action Plans and Recommendations for Policy Makers

    Date: September 17, 2018

    Advancing BIMSTEC Cooperation: Action Plans and Recommendations for Policy Makers by Biren Nanda, Mohit Musaddi …

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  • DPG Reports, Vol. 3, Issue 2:  Advancing BBIN Sub-regional Cooperation: Action Plans and Recommendations for Policymakers

    DPG Reports, Vol. 3, Issue 2: Advancing BBIN Sub-regional Cooperation: Action Plans and Recommendations for Policymakers

    Date: June 11, 2018

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  • India and Indonesia Affirm a Shared Vision of Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

    India and Indonesia Affirm a Shared Vision of Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

    Date: June 11, 2018

    DPG Policy Brief Vol. III, Issue 8: India and Indonesia Affirm a Shared Vision of Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific by …

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  • INDIA AND ASEAN @25

    INDIA AND ASEAN @25

    Date: February 22, 2018

    DPG POLICY BRIEF Vol. III, Issue 3 : INDIA AND ASEAN @25 by Biren Nanda, Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group

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  • CSCAP 2018

    CSCAP 2018

    Date: December 07, 2017

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  • Xi Jinping and the 19th CPC Congress

    Xi Jinping and the 19th CPC Congress

    Date: October 31, 2017

    DPG POLICY BRIEF Vol. II, Issue 9: Xi Jinping and the 19th CPC Congress  by Ambassador by Biren Nanda, Senior Fellow, …

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  • Japan-Russia Rapprochement: Why Abe-Putin Summits Failed to Deliver

    Japan-Russia Rapprochement: Why Abe-Putin Summits Failed to Deliver

    Date: August 18, 2017

    DPG Policy Paper, Volume 1, Issue 2: Japan-Russia Rapprochement: Why Abe-Putin Summits Failed to Deliver by Biren Nanda, …

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  • Japan and the Indo-Pacific

    Japan and the Indo-Pacific

    Date: May 22, 2017

    DPG Policy Paper, Volume 1, Issue 1: Japan and the Indo-Pacific By Biren Nanda  

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  • Great Powers and the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

    Great Powers and the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

    Date: April 25, 2017

    DPG BRIEF Vol. II, Issue 2: Great Powers and the Crisis on the Korean Peninsula  by Biren Nanda, Senior Fellow, …

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  • Interpreting Xi Jinping's 'Chinese Dream' and China's Foreign Relations

    Interpreting Xi Jinping's 'Chinese Dream' and China's Foreign Relations

    Date: January 16, 2017

    Interpreting Xi Jinping’s ‘Chinese Dream’ and China’s Foreign Relations  by Ambassador Biren …

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  • DPG Policy Note: Vol.I, Issue 7: China and Southeast Asia

    DPG Policy Note: Vol.I, Issue 7: China and Southeast Asia

    Date: November 02, 2016

    DPG Policy Note: Vol.I, Issue 7: China and Southeast Asia by Ambassador Biren Nanda, Senior Fellow, Delhi Policy Group

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  • Engaging Indonesia

    Engaging Indonesia

    Date: September 08, 2016

    Under Prime Minister Modi, India has pursued its “Act East” policy with renewed vigor and has actively sought to …

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  • Evolving Regional Security Architecture in East Asia

    Evolving Regional Security Architecture in East Asia

    Date: August 02, 2016

    The Regional Security Architecture in East Asia has been characterized by regional frameworks centered around the ASEAN, the …

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