Ambassador Richard Burt and Ms. Neelam Dhawan conferred Honorary Doctorate by Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR | Shiv Nadar University
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Ambassador Richard Burt and Ms. Neelam Dhawan conferred Honorary Doctorate by Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR

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28 Jul 2021

On its Sixth Convocation Ceremony 2021, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR conferred honorary doctorate upon the highly revered diplomat Ambassador, Richard Burt and an iconic ambassador of India’s technology industry, Ms. Neelam Dhawan.

Ambassador Burt is a world-class diplomat with exceptional experience in international relations and nuclear weapons. From 1985 to 1989, Ambassador Burt served as the United States' Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany. He was the Chief Negotiator in the former Soviet Union's Strategic Arms Reduction Talks. He has held several important positions during his tenure in government service, which he left in 1991 for private service. Ambassador Burt serves as Chairman of Global Zero USA, an organization focused on developing a viable plan for eliminating nuclear weapons worldwide. He is serving as Managing partner at McLarty Associates, leading the firm’s work in Europe and Asia.

Ambassador Burt serves on the board of Deutsche Bank’s closed-end fund group and is also a trustee of the UBS family of mutual funds (New York board). Ambassador Burt is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a board member of the Center for the National Interest, and a member of the executive board of the Atlantic Council.

In conferring Ambassador with an Honorary Doctorate, the Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR recognizes his outstanding contribution in the field of diplomacy and international business. His proven aptitude for providing critical direction to nations and businesses makes him an inspiration for the entire University community.

Ms. Neelam Dhawan

Ms. Dhawan with over 38 years of experience in leading Information technology businesses has created an iconic status for herself. She has held leadership positions in organizations like HCL, IBM, Compaq, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard. She has served as Managing Director of Microsoft India and Hewlett-Packard Globalsoft. Currently, she serves in the board of several institutions including Royal Philips, ICICI Bank in India, Skylo Technologies, Capita PLC, and Yatra Online.

Ms. Dhawan featured in Fortune’s global list of the ‘50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ in 2009 and has been listed among India’s ‘Top Inspirational Women Leaders’ by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). Ms. Dhawan has been on the executive council of the National Association of Software and Service Companies, a non-governmental trade association and advocacy group focused on information technology and business process outsourcing.

In conferring Ms. Neelam Dhawan with an Honorary Doctorate, the Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NCR, recognizes her outstanding contribution in shaping the Information Technology business with her proven leadership and managerial skills. Her status as an iconic ambassador for all women in the technology industry and proven aptitude for leadership and innovation makes her an inspiration for the University.

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