CTC Chairman Biographical Note
Hardeep Singh Puri
Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1974. In an extended career spanning 37 years, he has held Ambassadorial-level jobs in London, to the United Nations in Geneva, Brazil and is presently serving as Permanent Representative in New York. He had earlier served in India’s Missions in Tokyo, and Colombo as well.
Ambassador Puri has extensive experience in multilateral diplomacy, having served on three occasions as a member of India’s Delegation to the GATT/United Nations in Geneva where he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative from 2002 to 2005.
Ambassador Puri has also had a long association with and specialized on trade-related matters and has served on several Dispute Settlement Panels of the GATT and WTO.
Ambassador Puri has served at the headquarters of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, as an Under Secretary in the early 1980s, as Director and Chef de Cabinet to the Foreign Secretary in the early 1990s, as Joint Secretary of the Americas and Europe West Divisions and on deputation to the Ministry of Defence in the 1990s. More recently, he was Permanent Secretary dealing with economic relations in the Ministry of External Affairs from June 2008 to April 2009, before assuming his present post in New York on 4 May, 2009.