Hardeep Singh Puri

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Hardeep Singh Puri
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 64)
Amritsar, Punjab, India
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Spouse(s) Lakshmi Singh Puri
Alma mater Hindu College, University of Delhi
Profession Civil servant
Religion Sikhism

Hardeep Singh Puri (Punjabi: ਹਰਦੀਪ ਸਿੰਘ ਪੁਰੀ; born 15 February 1952 in Amritsar) is a retired Indian Foreign Service officer who served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Puri's 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]