Indonesian Minister of Defence Juwono Sudarsono, Sri Lankan Minister of Foreign Affairs Rohitha Bogollagama, and The Philippines Secretary of National Defense Hermogenes E Ebdane, Jr. speak at The 6th IISS Shangri-La Dialogue.
The Hon Rohitha Bogollagama, MP, was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Mahinda Rajapaksa on 28 January 2007. He previously served as the Minister of Enterprise Development and Investment Promotion, Minister of Advanced Technology and National Enterprise Development, and Minister of Industries. Minister Bogollagama also represented the Sri Lankan Government at the two rounds of peace talks with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Geneva last year, and was the Spokesman of the Government delegation. He entered Parliament in 2000 and served in the Parliamentary Consultative Committees on Finance, Foreign Affairs, Defence, Industrial Development & Investment Promotion, and Power & Energy.
Prior to his political career, the Hon Rohitha Bogollagama served as the Chairman and Director General of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka and Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cement Corporation. As a member of the legal profession for over 30 years, his expertise in trade, shipping and commercial law took him on several assignments for negotiations and dispute settlement in Europe and Asia.
Dr. John Chipman
Dr. John Chipman is the Director-General and Chief Executive at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, England.
Prior to his appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Secretary Hermogenes Edejer Ebdane, Jr. served as National Security Adviser and Director General of the National Security Council, Vice-Chairman of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force and National Anti-Terrorism Coordinator, and the 13th Chief of the Philippine National Police. He is a veteran, of 34-years, in law enforcement, intelligence operations and public safety administration.
Currently serving as Indonesia's Minister for Defence. In public service, Juwono Sudarsono has served as Vice Governor of The National Defence College (Lemhannas), 1995-1998; Minister of State for the Environment under President Soeharto, 1998; Minister for Education and Culture under President B.J. Habibie, 1998-1999; Minister for Defence under President Abdurrahman Wahid, 1999-2000; Ambassador to the United Kingdom under President Megawati Soekarnoputri, 2003-2004.