Joint Secretary (Policy Planning & Research), Ministry of External Affairs

Mr. Raghuram S., is an Indian Foreign Service Officer of 2006 batch.   

At present, he is serving as Joint Secretary & Head of the Policy Planning & Research Division in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.

Prior to this, he served as Joint Secretary as well as Director in United Nations-Political Division, till July 2023. His earlier assignments at the Ministry’s Headquarters in New Delhi include stints in the Americas Division, the East & Southern Africa Division (as officer in charge of some Indian Ocean Region countries), and  as  Head of the Afghan Cell in the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran (PAI) Division.

His previous overseas assignments include serving as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Kabul and as Political Officer in Indian Embassies in Washington, D.C., Islamabad, Rabat, and Paris.

He holds a post-graduate degree in Genetics. He speaks Kannada, English, Telugu, Hindi and Tamil.

He is married to Ms. Soujanya Lakshmi Sikha, an advocate specializing in Intellectual Property Rights Law.

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