Hardeep Singh Puri

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Hardeep Singh Puri
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs
Assumed office
03 September 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Preceded by Narendra Singh Tomar
President of the United Nations Security Council
In office
August 2011 – August 2011
Preceded by Peter Wittig and Guido Westerwelle
Succeeded by Nawaf Salam, Michel Suleiman and Najib Mikati
In office
November 2012 – November 2012
Preceded by Gert Rosenthal and Harold Caballeros
Succeeded by Mohammed Loulichki and Saad-Eddine El Othmani
Indian ambassador to Brazil
In office
January 2008 – October 2008
Preceded by Amitava Tripathi
Succeeded by Bellur Shamarao Prakash
Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations
In office
4 May 2009 – 27 February 2013
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Nirupam Sen
Succeeded by Asoke Kumar Mukerji
Personal details
Born (1952-02-15) 15 February 1952 (age 65)
Delhi, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Lakshmi Singh Puri
Alma mater Hindu College, University of Delhi
Profession Civil servant

Hardeep Singh Puri (Punjabi: ਹਰਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਪੁਰੀ; born 15 February 1952 in Delhi) is the current Union Minister of State with Independent Charge in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. He is a 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service officer who served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.[1][2]

He formerly served as Chairman of United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee, Vice President of International Peace Institute and Secretary-General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York.

As of 2 September 2017, he has been appointed as one of the new ministers in Prime Minister Modi's Cabinet

Early life and education[edit]

Hardeep Singh Puri was born in Delhi. His father was a diplomat, and he attended boarding school in India as his father was posted in countries where there were no options for English-language education.[1] He pursued Bachelor's and postgraduate study at Hindu College, University of Delhi, and worked as a lecturer at St. Stephen's College, Delhi.[3]


Puri has been stationed at important diplomatic posts in Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom. Between 1988 and 1991, he was the Coordinator of the UNDP/UNCTAD Multilateral Trade Negotiations Project to help Developing Countries in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations.[4] He also served as the chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee from January 2011 to February 2013, and as President of the United Nations Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012.[5][6][7]

Ambassador Puri joined International Peace Institute as a Senior Advisor in June 2013.[8] Puri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014, expressing an admiration for the party's approach to national security.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Hardeep Singh Puri is married to Lakshmi Puri, who is currently Assistant Secretary-General at United Nations.

Books, research papers and journals[edit]

Hardeep is a published author of several books, research papers and journals. A complete list of papers, books and journals is included below to which he is the author.


  • Perilous Interventions: The Security Council and the Politics of Chaos (Publisher: HarperCollins; ISBN 978-9351777595)


  • "Libya: Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice and the Ghost of Rwanda" (Publisher: The Globalist, 2016)