Jayant Prasad

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Jayant Prasad
Director General, IDSA
Preceded by Arvind Gupta
Personal details
Born (1952-06-05) 5 June 1952 (age 65)
Spouse(s) Bhupinder Prasad
Children Gitanjali, Meghna
Alma mater Jawaharlal Nehru University
Occupation Civil Servant (Indian Foreign Service)

Jayant Prasad is a former Indian diplomat who is Director General of the Delhi-based Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, a think-tank affiliated with the Indian Ministry of Defence.

Early life and education[edit]

He was born on June 5, 1952 and educated in Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University. After lecturing on modern Indian history for two years at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, he entered the Indian Foreign Service in 1976.


Postings at Indian missions[edit]

In Indian Missions abroad, he has served as India's Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva (2004-2007), Ambassador to Algeria; Counsellor for trade access and development cooperation at the Indian Mission to the European Union in Brussels, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, Geneva and Second Secretary in the Embassy of India in Paris. He was Ambassador to Afghanistan at the time of the 2008 and 2009 Kabul Indian embassy attacks.

He also served as an Indian ambassador to Nepal from 25 August 2011 – 25 August 2013, a post that was earlier held by his father, Bimal Prasad from 1991-94.This was his last posting abroad prior to retirement.[1]

Postings in Delhi[edit]

In the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi, he has served as head of the Americas Division from 2000-2004, head of the unit on Multilateral Economic Relations, Staff Officer to the Foreign Secretary, Deputy Secretary for Disarmament Affairs and Desk Officer for Bangladesh.

Other positions held[edit]

He was member of U.N. Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters (2005–07), and Rapporteur of the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, Geneva (1986–87). He was a Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs,[2] Harvard University from 1998–99 where he worked on a research project to study new parameters of India's foreign policy and to delineate India's strategic and technological environment through the year 2010.[3] He was appointed Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analysis (IDSA) in September 2015.[4]


  1. ^ "India formally appoints Jayant Prasad as envoy to Nepal". Nepal News. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Twenty Fellows Named to Weatherhead Center for International Affairs". Harvard University Gazette. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ David, Mulford (1997-11-28). "Cablegate: New Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan". WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks cable: 07NEWDELHI5118_a. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Kallol, Bhattacharjee (30 September 2015). "Jayant Prasad is IDSA Director-General". The Hindu. Retrieved 24 December 2015.