A.P.VENKATESHWARAN - IYER
A. P. Venkateswaran comes from a Tamil Brahmin family with roots in a small Palakkadu hamlet of Ayilam, in the south Indian state of Kerala. His father, A. S. Panchapakesa Ayyar was a former Madras High Court judge turned civil servant and Venkateswaran was born at Brahmapur, while his father was staying in Odisha with his mother, Vedanayaki Ammal.
Venkateswaran was a Fellow of the Center for Industrial Affairs at Harvard University from 1974 to 1975. He has also written several articles on international politics in journals and magazines
Venkateswaran has served in the Indian foreign offices across the globe, except in South American continent,and was the Indian Ambassador in the US, China and Syria. After his Embassy stints, he served as the Indian representative in the United Nations before returning to India, in 1986, when he was made the Foreign Secretary of India, the highest job in theIndian Foreign Service, during Rajiv Gandhi's term as the Prime Minister of India.
|Embassy in Prague||Officer||1955–1957|
|New York Consulate||Consul||1957–1959|
|Embassy – Addis Ababa||Secretary of Legation – First Class||1959–1962|
|Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi||Deputy Secretary||1962–1964|
|Embassy – Moscow||Secretary of Legation – First Class||1964–1967|
|Consulate – Bonn||Consul||1967–1969|
|Indian High Commission – Fiji||High Commissioner||1969–1971|
|Center for Industrial Affairs – Harvard University||Fellow||1974–1975|
|Embassy – Washington DC||Ambassador||1975–1976|
|Embassy – Damascus||Ambassador||1976–1977|
|Embassy – Beijing||Ambassador||1982–1986|
|Government of India||Foreign Secretary||1986–1987|
Venkateswaran resigned from Indian Government service in 1987 after which he founded Asia Centre, a think tank of diplomats and intellectuals, based in Bangalore.