Ambassador Nirupama Rao served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1973 to 2011. A career foreign service officer for 40 years, she served in various world capitals, including Washington, Beijing, and Moscow. She was Indian Foreign Secretary from 2009 to 2011. During her diplomatic career she served in several posts including as the first woman spokesperson of the Indian Foreign Office, as the first woman ambassador from India to China, and the first woman Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. Rao served as ambassador of India to the United States from 2011 to 2013.
Rao is currently a senior fellow in international public affairs at the Watson Institute at Brown University.
Ambassador Rao's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.