Shashi Tharoor Headshot
Report a problem with this profile
[email protected]

Shashi Tharoor        

Diplomat & Author; Former United Nations Under-Secretary-General

"In the modern globalizing world, information sows the seeds of prosperity, and those who are without access to information are at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to building a better future for themselves and for their children." Shashi Tharoor

Shashi Tharoor, award-winning author and diplomat, speaks eloquently about international issues from the perspective of nearly 30 years at the United Nations. With a PhD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, vast experience on the international policy scene, and a compelling and effective speaking style, Tharoor brings a thorough understanding of world policy and the people and events that shape it. Born in London, Shashi Tharoor was educated in both India and the United States, and is an authority on India's history, culture, and political climate. His most recent post is chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures.

A Window to World Policy. Tharoor's career at the United Nations began in 1978, when he joined the staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. In 2006, Tharoor was the official candidate of India for the succession to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (coming in a close second out of seven contenders in the race).Tharoor served as the UN Under-Secretary General for communications and public information from 2002-2007. Tharoor was named a "Global Leader of Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He is the recipient of several awards, including a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was named to India's highest honor for nonresident Indians, the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman

Speech Topics

The responsibility of the media.

Tharoor focuses on the media's role on an international level, and on the responsibilities shouldered by the various branches of the press. How coverage shapes cultures' perception of each other is put under the microscope.

Terrorism of the imagination.

Tharoor discusses the existence and acceptance of multiple identities across cultures, and how the power of understanding can be a great global equalizer.

The United Nations, and why it matters.

Tharoor refers to "problems without passports" and the shared concerns of the global community. He articulates the peacekeeping mission of the UN, and the accomplishments that have been made.


Shashi Tharoor
Dr Shashi Tharoor is Chairman of Dubai-based Afras Ventures; a prize-winning author of ten books, both fiction and non-fiction; and a widely-published critic, ...

Related Speakers View all

More like Shashi