Vijay L. Kelkar is an Indian economist and academic, who is currently the Chairman of the Forum of Federations, Ottawa & India Development Foundation, New Delhi and Chairman of Janwani – a social initiative of the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA) in Pune. He held the highest rank of Grade I Ambassador. Aftab Seth is a retired Indian diplomat who served as ambassador of India to Greece, Vietnam and Japan. consul general, Consultants to Government and Industry Hamburg, India, 1979-1983; Aftab Seth. However, in the cabinet reshuffle in October 2012, he has been divested of the portfolio of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. He is the founder of Leeu Collection, an international collection of boutique hotels. Member India International Center,, Oxford Union Society, Delhi Gymkhana Club. Commentary: Japan’s Challenges and Indo-Japanese Connection - Perspectives for 2018 . Erstwhile president Mr Chandu Borde will continue to be a patron of GSF. He helped set up Group 30, a group of top Japanese universities, initiated by Prime Minister Fukuda in 2008, which seeks to promote higher education in Japan and abroad including in countries like India. Ambassador Hiramatsu, speaking on the occasion, mentioned Dr. Seth’s contributions to Japan-India relations over half a century; his student days when he learned about the life of ordinary Japanese, bathing with them in public baths, eating their food and staying with them to his laying the foundations at the beginning of this century of the new strategic relations that have grown in the last 15 years. Ambassador Hiramatsu further stated that because of Ambassador Seth’s efforts in Japan with all classes of Japanese, he was able to get sanctions lifted imposed after the 1998 nuclear tests. He now serves as the Chairman of India Global Link Co. and uses his international experience to spearhead his business.  He is the brother of British-Indian actor Roshan Seth. After retirement Dr. Seth headed the Global Security Research Institute at Keio University and linked Keio to top Indian Universities. He has previously served as the Foreign Secretary from January 2015 to January 2018.  , He is also on the Advisory Board of World Development Forum, an upcoming forum that aims to bring together citizens' groups, development organizations, businesses and governments, to a common platform to produce, evidence-based politically actionable guidance and unlock greater value, through human enterprise. He was previously the Indian Minister of State at the Ministry of Environment and Forests from May 2009 to July 2011. The celebration of the event took place at the Embassy of Japan in India on 17th March 2016, hosted by Ambassador Keiji Hiramatsu and Mrs Patricia Hiramatsu. In July 2011, Jairam Ramesh was elevated to the Union Council of Ministers of India and appointed Minister of Rural Development and Minister of the new Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. He then received a Rhodes Scholarship to read History and Politics, Constitutional History at Christ Church, Oxford. Started in the year 1949, the campus of the Delhi School of Economics houses the University of Delhi's departments of Economics, Sociology, Geography and Commerce, as well as the Ratan Tata Library. He appreciated Dr. Seth’s leadership role at Global Indian International School in Tokyo which is serving the Indian and Japanese community. “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun” which started in 1875, is awarded by the Government of Japan to those who have made distinguished achievements in international relations, promoting Japanese culture in an international setting, advancement in their specific fields, excellence in social work or environmental work. Aftab Seth is a retired Indian diplomat who served as ambassador of India to Greece, Vietnam and Japan. Watch Queue Queue. 1st secretary, Embassy of India, Cairo, 1976-1979; , Seth completed his schooling from The Doon School.