the Speaker: Her
Excellency, Ms. Shyamala B. Cowsik is the High Commissioner
of India in Canada — See her profile
speech on ICFC's
first anniversary on August 7, 2005: "India
in the New Millennium"
Cowsik was a Patron of ICFC. Read
her Message as ICFC Patron.
Profile of Ms. Shyamala B. Cowsik
Shyamala Balasubramanyam Cowsik
is a professional diplomat. Before joining the Indian Foreign Service
through the regular All India Civil Services examination —
where she was the first woman to top the country-wide list of successful
candidates — she rounded off her academic career with a Master's
degree in Physics.
first diplomatic assignment was in Geneva, Switzerland, where she
served as Vice-Consul and later, as Consul of India, while
simultaneously acting as Alternate Delegate to various UN conferences.
Her next foreign assignment was as First Secretary at the Embassy
of India in Washington, USA, handling political affairs, from where
she moved as Political Counsellor and second-in-command to the Embassy
of India in Bangkok. She was later Counsellor/Minister and second-in-command
at the Embassy of India in Belgrade, and Joint Secretary/Head of
Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
Cowsik's first assignment as Head of Mission was as Ambassador of
India to the Philippines (1992-95). She returned to Washington straight
from this post as the Deputy Chief of Mission, again a first for
a woman. She next served as the High Commissioner of India to Cyprus
from late 1997 to mid-2001, before moving to The Hague in July 2001
as the Ambassador of India to the Netherlands. She proceeded directly
from The Hague to Ottawa in early 2005, and is the current High
Commissioner of India to Canada.
extra curricular activities include classical music, both Western
and Indian, reading and trekking. She has a 22-year old son, Siddhartha.