Shashi Tharoor is the prize-winning author of ten works of fiction and non-fiction and a
widely published critic, commentator and columnist (for The Hindu, Times of India and
Newsweek, among others). In 2007 he concluded a nearly twenty-nine-year career at the
United Nations, during which he worked for refugees in South-east Asia at the peak of the
boat people crisis and handled peace-keeping operations in the former Yugoslavia.
Latterly, Tharoor occupied the role of Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public
Information and in 2006 he was nominated as India's candidate for UN Secretary-General,
emerging as strong second out of seven contenders.
Tharoor earned his PhD at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at the age of twenty-
two and was named 'Global Leader of Tomorrow' at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1998.
He was awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, India's highest honour for Indians living