International Studies presents

"Meet the Diplomats"
with Susmita Gongulee Thomas, Consul General of India in San Francisco

May 18, 2010
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Social and Behavioral Science Gateway, Room 1321

Mrs. Thomas joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976 at a very young age and is one of the youngest senior bureaucrats in India. As a professional bureaucrat she has served in countries such as Spain and Japan, and in Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1993 as the counselor Political. She subsequently has served as the Indian ambassador to Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. After successfully flying the Indian flag during the challenging times of political unrest in Ivory Coast and Liberia she was the Indian ambassador to Chile. In this role, she increased bilateral trade from $200 million to $2.5 billion and successfully managed two Presidential visits to and from India. She has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree from University of Santo Tomas in Santiago for her work in Chile. She has also been recognized as one of the top project management women experts by the Project Management Institute in the U.S.

Light refreshments will be served. For further information or to RSVP, email 

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Democracy.

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