Thursday, October 10, 2019 Please join us for an exciting event on INDIA's ROLE in GLOBAL AFFAIRS Thursday, October 10, 2019 -- 5.30pm-6.45pm:
"INDIA and the UNITED STATES: A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP"
A TALK & DISCUSSION WITH
His Excellency Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla The Ambassador of India to the U.S.
The Ambassador will be introduced by North Carolina Secretary of State ELAINE F. MARSHALL
Moderator & Discussant: Prof. KLAUS LARRES, UNC-Chapel Hill
(see also the bios below)
Location: Mandeala auditorium, Fed Ex GEC Building, UNC-Chapel Hill Parking available beneath the Fed Ex building - but please beware: (fee: $1 for the entire evening -- have 4 quaters ready or use the parking app)
No RSVP necessary - please just come along - but please arrive early; we are expecting a large crowd. l
Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Harsh Vardhan Shringla is a career diplomat. He has been a member of the Indian Foreign Service since 1984. Ambassador Shringla assumed charge as Ambassador to the United States on January 9, 2019. He presented his credentials to the President of United States H.E. Donald J. Trump on January 11, 2019.
In the course of a diplomatic career spanning 35 years, Ambassador Shringla has held a variety of positions in New Delhi and abroad. He served as High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh and Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Thailand. He also served in France (UNESCO); USA (UN, New York); Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City); Israel and South Africa (Durban).
Ambassador Shringla also served in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi as Joint Secretary (Director General) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives. He also headed the United Nations Political and SAARC Divisions in the Ministry. Earlier, he served as Director of the Northern Division dealing with Nepal and Bhutan and as Deputy Secretary of the Europe West Division.
Ambassador Shringla graduated from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and worked in the Corporate and Public Sectors in India prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service. He has pursued courses and published papers on conflict prevention, economic diplomacy, the Indian diaspora and India-Bangladesh relations.
Ambassador Shringla speaks French, Vietnamese and Nepalese apart from English and Indian languages. He is married to Mrs. Hemal Shringla with one son.
NC Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall
In 1996, Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall became the first woman ever elected to a statewide, executive branch office in North Carolina. Secretary Marshall was a member of the NC State Senate before rising to statewide office. She holds a B.S. in Home Economics from the University of Maryland and a law degree from Campbell University. She has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from Campbell University, Lees-McRae College, Meredith College and the Republic of Moldova Testemitanu State University of Medicine. Her work experiences include teaching Home Economics in the public school and community college systems, co-ownership of a book and gift store, establishing an interior decorating business and the private practice of law. Elaine Marshall is married to Jessie Thomas Bunn.
Secretary Marshall has been very active in many civic groups in the areas of child welfare, women's issues, and agriculture and small town economic development. Since becoming Secretary of State, she has received numerous state and national awards for leadership in technology, government innovation, and women's leadership.
These awards include: · 2018 Inductee, North Carolina Women Business Owners Hall of Fame; · The 2017 International Trade Lifetime Achievement Award from the Charlotte Business Journal; · The 2017 Meredith College Woman of Achievement Award; · Leadership North Carolina’s 2016 Governor’s Award for public service and commitment to developing leaders; · U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Visitors Certificate of Appreciation, 2016; · President of the National Association of Secretaries of State, 2015; · Campbell University’s 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award; · Induction into the National 4-H Hall of Fame, Class of 2014; · The 2014 Public Policy Leader of the Year Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Charlotte; · The North Carolina 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award; · The National Foundation for Women Legislators 2013 Elected Women of Excellence Award; · Named to the Triangle’s 100 Most Influential Business Leaders of 2012 list by Triangle Business Journal; · The Moldovan Order of Honor, the highest distinction Moldova awards to non-Moldovan citizens; · The Distinguished Attorney Award from the NC Association of Women Attorneys. She was the second person ever to be honored with this award; · Induction into the Honor Society of Agriculture of N.C. State University; · Leadership awards from Common Cause North Carolina, the NCAE and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society; · The Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Business by the Triangle Business Journal; · Named to National Notary Magazine's list of “The 50 Most Influential People in Notarization in the Last 50 Years”; · Served as President of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council, a think tank dedicated to bringing best technology practices to government across this country; · Recognized leader in state Trademark protection by the US Chamber of Commerce, the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, and Underwriters Laboratories; · And Secretary Marshall has even received an official “Gold Record” from the Recording Industry Association of America for her law enforcement work to protect Trademarked goods and patent holders, as well as being named an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Policy for Trademark Protection.