Government of the Republic of Fiji
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service
6th June, 2012: Former diplomat Ravindran Robin Nair has been named Fiji’s first resident Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
Nair, a legal adviser, scholar and philanthropist, whose appointment was formally announced by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today, will be based in Abu Dhabi.
He first entered the Fiji civil service as a lawyer at the Crown Law Office.
He has been a Government delegate to many bilateral negotiations, international meetings and conferences, including the General Assembly of the United Nations, the third conference on the Law of the Sea, treaties on extradition and mutual assistance in criminal law matters, and air services agreements.
He went on to work for several international and regional organisations.
As a diplomat, Nair served at Fiji’s Mission in New York and also worked as an Australian diplomat, serving as deputy head of mission in Turkey and Argentina.
Whilst in the Australian Foreign Service, he also worked in Canberra at the trade policy section of the Office of Trade Negotiations.
He also served as state director, Tasmania office of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Nair, a Visiting Fellow at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the Australian National University in Canberra, also set up the National Centre for International and Regional Affairs (CIRA) at the University of Fiji, of which he later became honorary director.
He developed a diplomacy skills training course for public servants and ran post-graduate international relations programs at the University of Fiji.
Nair is also a co-founder of the Foundation for the Education of Needy Children of Fiji (Fenc Fiji) which supports about 1000 poor children.
He also served on the three-member Independent Monitoring Group (IMG) set up to monitor the work of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji (NCBBF) process for transparency, integrity and its success in public consultations.
Nair is married to Adela Nair and they have a daughter.
Source:Fiji Government online portal
Ministry of Foreign Affairs P. O. Box 2220 Government Buildings Suva, Fiji