Early life and education
Khare obtained a master’s degrees in business administration and in leadership from the University of Southern Queensland, an advanced diploma (with distinction) in French from the Indian Defence School of Languages, a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (with honours) from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Khare started his career as an Indian diplomat in 1984. He has served in various capacities in the Indian foreign service, including as Deputy High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York and Chargé d'affaires of the Indian Embassy in Senegal with concurrent accreditation to Mali, Mauritania, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde. He was Chef de Cabinet of the Foreign Secretary of India and of Director of the United Nations Division in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi and served as Director of the Nehru Centre and Minister (Culture) of the High Commission of India in London since 2005.
Besides his diplomatic career, Khare also acquired extensive experience in the United Nations. He served as Chief of Staff and later as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the United Nations Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) from June 2002 until its completion in May 2005.
He was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations. He replaces Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, who was appointed on 1 April 2010 as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Haiti for one year.
Prior this appointment, Khare served with meritas the United Nations Special Representative for Timor-Leste and Head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste(UNMIT). He was appointed to the position by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan in December 2006.
Appointment as Head of Change Management Team of Reform at the United Nations
On June 1, 2011 UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Atul Khare of India to spearhead efforts to implement a reform agenda aimed at streamlining and improving the efficiency of the world body. Khare, will lead the Change Management Team (CMT) at the UN, working with both departments and offices within the Secretariat and with other bodies in the UN system and the 193 member states. The CMT is tasked with guiding the implementation of a reform agenda at the UN that starts with the devising of a wide-ranging plan to streamline activities, increase accountability and ensure the organization is more effective and efficient in delivering its many mandates.
- United Nations Press Release
- "Ban appoints experienced UN official to lead change management team". United Nations. 1 June 2011.
- "UN Secretary General Ban appoints Atul Khare of India to be the leader of his change management team". United Nations. 1 June 2011.
- "UN change management team: Spearheaded by Atul Khare". Deccan Herald. 1 June 2011.