H.H.S. Viswanathan was a Distinguished Fellow at ORF and a member of the Indian Foreign Service for 34 years. He has a long and diverse experience in international relations and diplomacy. His foreign assignments include Belgium Zaire Czechoslovakia Germany China Italy Cote dIvoire the US and Nigeria. He was the Head of Mission (Ambassador/High Commissioner) in Cote dIvoire and Nigeria with concurrent accreditation to Niger Guinea (Conakry) Sierra Leone Cameroon Benin Chad Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. At the Headquarters in MEA he has been Deputy Secretary (East Europe) and Joint Secretary (Administration). In the US he was Consul General of India in San Francisco with a consular jurisdiction over 14 states in the mid- West and West Coast.