Ilango Karuppannan

Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Malaysia, Washington, D.C.

Professional Experience

June 2006 - present
Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Malaysia, Washington DC

2001- 2006
Principal Assistant Secretary, Policy Planning Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia

Key Achievements

  • Principal author of Malaysia’s East Asia policy and participated in negotiations to overcome regional opposition to the East Asia Summit which finally led to the hosting of the first East Asia Summit on 14 December 2005 in Malaysia. 
  • Participated in the negotiations on the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties (DoC) in the South China Sea within the ASEAN Plus One context as an interim measure.
  • Worked on the development of a practical approach to advance the ASEAN Regional Forum from Stage I (Confidence Building Measures) to Stage II (Preventive Diplomacy)
  • Jointly conceptualized with U.S. State Department officials and negotiated the creation of a sub-structure under the ARF to deal with counter terrorism under the ASEAN Regional Forum called the Inter-Sessional Meeting for Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (ISM CTTC).
  • Conceptualized and followed through with the establishment of the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Counter Terrorism (SEARCCT), in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Authored the paper “Review of ASEAN Institutional Framework: Proposals for Change” that was eventually adopted by the ASEAN Leaders to mandate a fundamental change in the ASEAN structure through the creation of an ASEAN Charter. 
  • Frequently gave lectures at the Institute of Diplomacy and International Relations of Malaysia, the National Institute of Public Administration for graduate students on Malaysian foreign policy in particular on security policy. 

  • Attended a number of course on preventive diplomacy and crisis management within the context of the ASEAN Regional Forum.  Attended the International Visitor Program of the United States Department of State from 16 January - 7 February 2002.   

1997 – 2000
Charge d’Affaires and later as Counselor, Embassy of Malaysia in Conakry, Republic of Guinea

Key Achievements

  • Established the Embassy of Malaysia in Conakry in April 1997. Fully operational in French language.
  • Oversaw the successful implementation of Malaysia’s development in rice cultivation to Guinea.
  • Participated in the negotiations for the release of the Malaysian peacekeepers in Sierra Leone who had been abducted by the Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone.
  • Served as the Treasurer of the Board of Governors of the American school (International School of Conakry) from 1999-2000. 

1994 - 1997
First Secretary, Embassy of Malaysia, Bonn

1991 - 1994
Senior Assistant Secretary, Africa Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

Key Achievements

  • Formulated and implemented of the change of Malaysia’s policy towards post-apartheid South Africa which began with support for the African National Congress and eventually to the establishment of diplomatic relations and establishment of resident missions.  
  • Contributed to the implementation of Malaysia’s South-South Cooperation policy with the African continent.
  • Translated the key 19th century Dutch diplomatic documents on North Borneo from French into English.  These translated documents supported Malaysia’s claims over Sipadan and Ligitan islands when the case was brought before the International Court of Justice  against Indonesia.   

1989 - 1991
Post-Graduate Studies in France
1988 – 1989
Joined the Malaysian Foreign Service Assistant Director, ASEAN Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

Diploma in Public Administration and Pre-Service Training at the National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia

Tutor, National University of Malaysia


1984: Bachelor of Science (Hons), National University of Malaysia

1986: Master of Science, National University of Malaysia

1987: Diploma in Public Administration, National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia

1991: Diplôme en Relations Internationales, L‘lnstitut International d’Administration Publique (IIAP), Paris

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