Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India, to be Honored Friday at Two Events at UH

The University of Houston will host a luncheon from noon to 1:15 p.m., Friday (Nov. 11) in honor of Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, India's new ambassador to the United States.

The luncheon, hosted by UH System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator, will feature an intimate roundtable discussion with Ambassador Rao in which CEOs of energy companies and other business leaders exchange ideas and focus on topics of importance to the city of Houston.

The luncheon, which is not open to the public, will be in the Rockwell Room of the M.D. Anderson Library.

Following the luncheon, Khator will host Rao at an afternoon tea in the Shamrock Room of the Hilton University of Houston Hotel. Invited guests include all Indian faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, Honors College students and members of Khator’s leadership team.

Born on Dec. 6, 1950, Rao joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. She is the senior diplomat who is the adviser to the Indian Prime Minister and has served in various world capitals, including Washington and Moscow. She has had extensive experience in relations between India and China.

She was Ambassador of India to Peru, with concurrent accreditation to Bolivia, from 1995-98. From 1998-1999, she was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Moscow. Rao was High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka (2004-2006) and, thereafter, Ambassador of India to China (2006-2009). She served as India’s Foreign Secretary for a tenure of two years from Aug. 1, 2009, to July 31, 2011.

WHAT: UH hosts luncheon, afternoon tea in honor of Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India
WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11. Luncheon: Noon to 1:15 p.m.; Tea: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Luncheon: M.D. Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion; Tea: Hilton University of Houston Hotel, Shamrock Ballroom


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