2nd S R Nathan Fellow - Bilahari Kausikan


Ambassador Bilahari Kausikan

Mr Bilahari KAUSIKAN is Chairman of the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore. He was Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Singapore from 2013 to 2018. From 2001 to May 2013, he was the Second Permanent Secretary and subsequently the Permanent Secretary of MFA. He retired in June 2013 after 33 years in the public sector.

Ambassador Kausikan held a variety of appointments in the MFA, such as Director for Southeast Asia, Director for East Asia and the Pacific and Deputy Secretary for Southeast Asia. He was the Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York from 1995 to 1998 and Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 1994 to 1995.

He has been awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) and the Pingat Jasa Gemilang (Meritorious Service Medal) by the Singapore government. He was also awarded the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins with the rank of Gran Cruz by the President of the Republic of Chile and the Oman Civil Merit Order by the Sultan of Oman.

Ambassador Kausikan was educated at Raffles Institution, the University of Singapore and Columbia University in New York.

2015/16 IPS-Nathan Lectures

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