Asia Summit 2014
Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore; Chairman, Institute of South Asian Studies
Gopinath Pillai is the ambassador-at-large in Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the chairman of the Institute of South Asian Studies. He is also executive chairman of Savant Infocomm Pte Ltd. Prior to becoming ambassador-at-large in 2008, Pillai was Singapore's non-resident ambassador to Iran from 1990 to 2008; he also served as Singapore's high commissioner to Pakistan. Pillai is founder chairman of Gateway Distriparks Ltd., a port-related listed logistics company in India, and its subsidiary, Snowman Logistics Ltd., and is director of another subsidiary, Gateway Rail Freight Ltd. He is also director of AEC Education Plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM. Pillai has received numerous awards, including the Public Service Star Award from the Singaporean government and the Padma Shri award from the Indian government.