Prior to that, he was India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York City where, among other duties, he served as India's chief negotiator on Security Council reforms and at the UN Disarmament Conference. He also served as Vice Chairman of the UN Working Group on Strengthening the UN System and as India's representative on the United Nations Population Fund board.
He earlier served as India's Ambassador to Japan, Venezuela, and Malaysia and as Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva. As an independent consultant, he serves on a number of boards, including Khandwala Securities Bombay, Symbiosis International Education Society, and Indo-American Arts Council.
Mr. Shah is a member of the Board of International Advisors of Sloan Global Consultants, Washington, DC; UPS Corporate Division, Washington, DC; and Dodsal Group, United Arab Emirates. For three and a half decades as an Indian diplomat, he has wide experience in political, economic, and petroleum issues. That experience includes commodity agreement negotiations with the EEC and petroleum and trade matters with OPEC countries.