1937, Chennai, India
Krishnan Srinivasan (born 15 February 1937 in Madras, India) is a retired Indian diplomat, scholar, author, former Indian Foreign Secretary, and Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations .
He was educated at Bedford School and Christ Church, Oxford. He was appointed to the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959. His early postings included Oslo, Beirut, Tripoli. He was India’s Ambassador/High Commissioner to Zambia and Botswana, Nigeria, Benin and Cameroun, the Netherlands and Bangladesh. He was appointed Secretary and finally Foreign Secretary and retired in 1995. In 1995, he was appointed Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs in London where he served until 2002.
He was a Member of Christ Church, Oxford’s Senior Common Room and High Table from 1998 to 2016, Fellow of Wolfson College Cambridge (2002–05), Fellow of the Centre for International Studies Cambridge (2002–05), Fellow of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies London (2002–08), Fellow of the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Studies (2003–04), Fellow of the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Kolkata from 2006-15, and Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala in (2008 and 2012–13). He was elected Honorary Professor at ASCI Hyderabad in 2005. He was awarded a Hind Ratna (India) in 2002, and was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre de la Valeur (Cameroon) in 2007.