Bilahari Kausikan

Diplomat

Bilahari Kausikan is the ‘undiplomatic diplomat’ who needs no introduction. The former diplomat and civil servant served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 37 years, as its second permanent secretary for 12 years, then permanent secretary, and finally as Ambassador-at-Large. Known for his clarity of thought, razor sharp mind and forthright manner of speaking, Bilahari is an eminence grise in the foreign policy circle who speaks authoritatively and with conviction on issues of international diplomacy. He is also the chairman of the National University of Singapore Middle East Institute, which aims to provide alternative views on issues relevant to Singapore.