Vijay K Nambiar, born in Pune (1943), studied at St Xavier’s College Mumbai. He was awarded the Chancellor’s gold medal for his Master’s in 1965. Joining India’s Foreign Service in 1967, he studied Chinese and was posted to Hong Kong and Beijing (1968-1972). After serving at headquarters, he was posted to Yugoslavia (1976-78) and the UN, New York (1979-82). His first Ambassadorial posting was to Algiers (1985-88), followed by Afghanistan (1990-92), Malaysia (1993-96), China (1996-2000) and Pakistan (2000-01) He was also a Permanent Representative at India’s UN Mission in New York. After retirement in 2004, he served as Deputy National Security Adviser until 2006 when he was seconded to the UN as Special Adviser to UNSG Kofi Annan. He was later Chef de Cabinet to UNSG Ban Ki Moon and his Adviser on Myanmar. He returned to India in 2017 and is now settled in Greater Noida.
Sri M, the founder of The Satsang Foundation, is a member of the Steering Committee of the C20 India 2023. Sri M is a spiritual guide, social reformer, and educationist. He was born into a Muslim family on November 6, 1949, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. His transformational journey, from a young boy to a living yogi, is a fascinating story symbolized by single-minded discipline and dedication.