Amitav Banerji, an Indian diplomat in the UK, was on Tuesday conferred with one of the highest awards of Cyprus for his work in a number of senior roles within the Commonwealth Secretariat for over two decades.
Banerji, 63, was presented with his Commander of the Order of Merit at a ceremony at the Cyprus High Commission in London.
Born in 1953, Banerji graduated from Georgetown University and went on to do his Masters from the Delhi School of Economics.
He joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1975 and served in different capacities for 15 years, including postings to Pakistan, Spain and Malaysia.
From August 1990 to May 2015, he served in a series of roles at the Commonwealth Secretariat including Head of the Secretary General’s Office and towards the last six years as Political Director.