Independent Director, Ambassador of India to Germany (2005-09) & United States (2009-11)
Meera Shankar was India’s first woman Ambassador to Germany. She served as India’s second woman Ambassador to the USA; the first one being Vijay Laxmi Pandit. As Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, she headed the Division dealing with International Organisations and Security issues. She has long experience of dealing with India’s neighbours, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and SAARC and of economic diplomacy. As Director she worked in the Prime Minister’s office for six years under four Prime Ministers. She has also headed the Indian Council of Cultural Relations as its Director General. She now serves on the Boards of several Companies as an Independent Director and on the Governing Body of a not for profit think tank. She currently chairs the FICCI Committee for mentoring women for Corporate Boards.