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The Ambassador Series

Session on 

India and Israel: A Growing Partnership



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5:00 PM  - 6:15 PM (Registration: 4:30 PM )
  WWF Auditorium, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
SPEAKER H.E. (Mr) Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India 
CHAIR  Ambassador S K Lambah, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India
MODERATOR  Ms. Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India 

Since the onset of formal diplomatic relations in 1992, the trajectory for India Israel cooperation has been rising at a rate that has surprised both governments. The immense complementarity of the relationship is now recognised by both countries. While there is much public focus on the defence relationship, the future lies more with the many ways Israeli technology can be used to boost the development of India’s critical sectors including food security; water management and efficiency; cyberspace and data protection; E-learning and innovation; and the ambitious digitalization drive.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s scheduled visit to Jerusalem, the first by an Indian head of government to Israel, is momentous because it gives political legitimacy to a relationship that was often kept under wraps due to political correctness. The session would discuss the significance of his visit, the opportunities and challenges ahead and engender a roadmap for strengthening bilateral cooperation in the coming years.

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 Daniel Carmon (2)H.E. (Mr) Daniel Carmon, Ambassador of Israel to India 
Ambassador Daniel Carmon was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. He attended High School in Jerusalem, Istanbul, and Paris, and from 1970 to 1973, served as a Paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant.  In 1973, he began studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he was awarded a BA in International Relations. At the same time, in 1973, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he served in the Communications Division, and then as a Section Head in the same department. From 1978 to 1982 he served as Embassy Attaché in Washington, DC, and member of the Israeli Delegation to the Camp David peace talks (1978), and then returned to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem in 1983.
From 1983 to 1985, he served as the Commercial Director of a high tech company, before returning to the Foreign Ministry. Upon his return, he served in the Personnel Division, and then as Deputy Director of the division. This was followed by a posting as Consul and Administrative Officer in Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires, and then one as Deputy Chief of Mission there. In 1995 he was appointed Head of the Situation Emergency Room in the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Head of the Information and Internet Division in the Department of Public Affairs. From 2000 to 2005, he served as Head of the Bureau for Coordination, and Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Director General’s Bureau. From 2005 to 2010, he served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative at Israel’s Mission to the United Nations in New York. In 2011, Ambassador Daniel Carmon was as appointed Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation.  Additionally, in 2014, Ambassador Carmon was appointed as the Senior Deputy Director-General in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Carmon has six children – Ariel, Maya, Ofer, Ruthy, Ayala, and Emma. He is accompanied by Ms. Ditza Froim. He speaks Hebrew, English, Spanish, and French.
 S K Lambah 20-07-16Ambassador S K Lambah, Chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre and Former Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India

Ambassador Lambah was the Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of India from 2005-14 with the rank of Minister of State from 2010 onwards. He was also the Co-Chairman of the Task Force on National Security 2011 – 2012. A distinguished diplomat, Ambassador Lambah was the President of Association of Indian Diplomats in 2005. He was also a Convener of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) in 2004-05 and the President of the Federation of Indo-German Societies in India from 2005-2014. He was also the Special Envoy of the Government of India for Afghanistan and led the Indian delegation to the Bonn Conference on Afghanistan in 2001-02
In 2001, Ambassador Lambah Chaired a Committee on the Re-organization of Ministry of External Affairs and Indian missions abroad. Ambassador Lambah has served in several Missions abroad including as the Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation, Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany, High Commissioner of India to Pakistan, Consul General of India, San Francisco, and Ambassador of India to Hungary. He was Deputy Secretary General of the 7th Non Aligned Summit held in Delhi in 1983 and later Coordinator of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments meeting in India. His specializations include Economic Diplomacy and dealing with India’s neighbours. During his tenure as Consul General of India in San Francisco (1989-91) he was conferred a "Trustees' Citation" by the University of California, Berkeley in 1991 for his initiating, coordinating, and spearheading the campaign which generated over US$2 million in a short span of four months for Indian Studies, resulting in the creation of two Chairs of  India Studies, a bi-annual lecture by a distinguished scholar from India, and an annual scholarship at the Graduate School of Journalism at U.C Berkeley. He is married to Nilima Lambah, author of "A Life across Three Continents - Recollections of a Diplomat's Wife". 
 INDRANI BAGCHI 11-05-16Ms. Indrani Bagchi, Diplomatic Editor, The Times of India

Indrani is Diplomatic Editor with The Times of India, where she reports and analyses foreign policy issues for the newspaper. Indrani covers daily news on foreign affairs in the foreign office, as well as interprets and analyzes global trends with an Indian perspective. She writes news stories as well as opinion articles, in The Times of India news features, and a blog, “Globespotting”. Her Twitter handle is @horror06. The subjects she covers are diverse India’s neighbourhood, US, China, Pakistan, terrorism, nuclear weapons, national security issues etc. She joined the Times of India in 2004. Earlier, Indrani was associate editor, also covering foreign affairs for India Today. Indrani started her journalism career in The Statesman where she was the weekend editor, before moving to The Economic Times in Calcutta to edit the Metro Magazine. 
Having graduated from Loreto College, Calcutta University with English Honours, Indrani has been a Reuters Fellow, in Oxford University (1996). In 2010, Indrani was awarded the Chang Lin-Tien fellowship by the Asia Foundation to study US-China relations at Brookings Institution, Washington DC. She is a Fellow of the Third Generation Class of Aspen India’s Leadership Initiative. 
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