Ambassador Saurabh Kumar retired from the Indian Foreign Service as Ambassador of India to the International Atomic Energy Agency, United Nations Industrial Development Organisation & the UN Offices in Vienna (Outer Space Affairs, Drugs and Crime) and to Austria in October 2009. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador to Ireland (2003-2007) and Vietnam (2000-2003). He also held other senior appointments in the Cabinet Secretariat and Ministry of External Affairs.
His areas of specialisation during his tenure in the Government of India were nuclear, as well as disarmament and international security, issues. He was a member of the Indian delegation to the Third Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament in 1988 and to the UN Conference on the Relationship between Disarmament and Development in 1987.
Ambassador Saurabh Kumar speaks Chinese, having begun his diplomatic career in Hong Kong and Beijing in the mid-seventies (when Chinese politics was yet in the throes of the tumultuous upheavals of the Cultural Revolution, with Mao and Zhou arbiting the charged debates from their deathbeds, as it were) under late President K. R. Narayanan, who was then the Ambassador to China. Apart from continuing professional interest in China (and nuclear, space & other strategic security issues and multilateral international affairs in general), his current academic interests include development economics and international economic relations, the negotiation process, physics and psychology.