Former high commissioner Sudha KR Vasudevan has been appointed as chair of the Commonwealth Foundation - the first Malaysian, and Asian to hold the post since its establishment in 1966.

Sudha, who has previously served as Malaysia's High Commissioner to Australia, and Malaysian Ambassador to Brazil, will serve a two-year in the Commonwealth Foundation, from Jan 1, 2021, Malay Mail quoted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Wisma Putra) announcing yesterday.

According to Wisma Putra, Sudha emerged victorious over candidates from Cameroon, Kenya and Papua New Guinea in the election held virtually by the UK on Oct 28, and her appointment was later endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government on December 7.

"Malaysia expresses its deep appreciation to Commonwealth Foundation member countries for their support in appointing Datuk Sudha as Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation.

"Malaysia is committed to supporting the work of the Foundation in achieving its vision and goals and in affirming its role as a voice for the citizens of the Commonwealth," Wisma Putra reportedly said in a statement.

In her role as the Commonwealth Foundation chair, Sudha will preside over meetings of its Board of Governors, represent the foundation at intergovernmental meetings and events, and serve as an ambassador for the Commonwealth Foundation to promote the foundation’s vision and values.

Sudha has previously served in various roles, both locally, and on the international level.

These include positions as the director-general of the Department of Policy Planning and Coordination, undersecretary for the East Asia Division and deputy director-general for the Asean-Malaysia National Secretariat, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Her international roles include various diplomatic positions in Germany, Singapore, and Switzerland.

For the record, The Commonwealth Foundation is an intergovernmental organisation established by heads of government from Commonwealth countries to strengthen cooperation between each other and act as an agency for civil society. It currently has 49 member states.

Source: Malay Mail
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