An author, politician, and former international civil servant, Shashi Tharoor straddles several worlds of experience. Currently a second-term Member of Parliament (MP) and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, he has previously served as Minister of State for Human Resource Development and for External Affairs in the Government of India. During his nearly three-decade long prior career at the United Nations, he served as a peacekeeper, refugee worker, and administrator at the highest levels, serving as Under-Secretary General during Kofi Annan’s tenure. Tharoor is also an award-winning author of fifteen previous books of both fiction and non-fiction. Born in London in 1956, Tharoor was educated in India and the United States, completing a PhD in 1978 at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 1998 the World Economic Forum in Davos named him a “Global Leader of Tomorrow”. He is a recipient of several awards including a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman. In 2012 the King of Spain awarded him the Encomienda de la Real Order Espanola de Carlos III.