ambassador Ashok Kumar Mirpuri
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
111 E Taylor, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Rm 601
This event is being held in cooperation with McCain Institute.
Please join us for a topical discussion with Mr. Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore.
Southeast Asia lies at the heart of one of the most dynamic regions in the world. The United States’ continued presence and engagement of the region remains crucial to Asia’s continued growth, and to America’s own security and economic interests. Ambassador Mirpuri will offer Singapore’s perspective on the United States’ relationship with Southeast Asia, and provide an overview of the latest developments in the region, including the prospects for the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The Ambassador will also discuss how the United States can continue to strengthen both its strategic and economic cooperation with countries in Southeast Asia amidst a rapidly evolving security and technological landscape.
Mr Ashok Kumar Mirpuri took up his appointment as Singapore's Ambassador to the United States of America in July 2012. Prior to his current appointment, he served as Ambassador to Indonesia from 2006 to 2012, High Commissioner to Malaysia from 2002 to 2006 and High Commissioner to Australia from 2000 to 2002.
A career diplomat, Mr Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in 1984. In 1994, he was appointed Director of MFA's Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I (Southeast Asia). In 1997, Mr Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd in the United Kingdom as Corporate Advisor (Asia Pacific). He was subsequently assigned to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission, having previously served in Jakarta as First Secretary (Political).
Mr Mirpuri graduated with an honours degree from the National University of Singapore. He received his MA at the University of London's School of Oriental & African Studies under a Raffles Scholarship. He attended the Programme for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development, Switzerland, and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, USA.