WPSP Welcomes Advisory Council Member Ambassador Nirupama Rao

Ambassador Rao

The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to welcome Ambassador Nirupama Rao as the newest member of our Advisory Council. The WPSP Advisory Council provides advice and guidance to the WPSP Director and the Board of Directors on strategy and issues in their individual areas of expertise, in keeping with the goals and initiatives of WPSP. As a member of the Advisory Council, Ambassador Rao will offer her critical perspectives as an international woman leader.

Ambassador Nirupama Menon Rao is a retired Indian diplomat, Foreign Secretary and Ambassador. She was India’s first woman spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, the first woman high commissioner from her country to Sri Lanka, and the first Indian woman ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served as India’s Foreign Secretary from 2009-2011. At the end of that term, she was appointed India’s Ambassador to the United States where she served for a term of two years from 2011-2013.

On her retirement from active diplomatic service, Ambassador Rao entered the world of academics with an appointment as Meera and Vikram Gandhi Fellow at the India Initiative at Brown University in  Providence, Rhode Island. 

Ambassador Rao holds an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Pondicherry University in India. She was a Visiting Scholar at the India China Institute at The New School in New York during April-May 2016, and was appointed a Public Policy Fellow at The Wilson Center in Washington D.C. in June 2017. 

The WPSP Advisory Council consists of various public servants, private-sector leaders, and individuals dedicated to women’s policy and political leadership. See the full list of Advisory Council members here.