Ravi Neelakantan

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நீலகண்டன் ரவி
Ravi Neelakantan
Born India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Delhi University
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Occupation IFS Officer
Ministry of External Affairs
Ministry of Commerce
Ministry of Finance
Religion Hinduism

N. Ravi or Neelakantan Ravi (Tamil: நீலகண்டன் ரவி ) is an Indian diplomat. He was an officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) from 1971 to 2009, and has served in various diplomatic and administrative positions in the Ministry of External Affairs[1][2][3] and Ministry of Finance. In 2009, he was appointed as an ambassador of Association of Southeast Asian Nations.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

N. Ravi obtained his Master's degree in Chemistry from Delhi University before joining IFS in 1971. He later obtained an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Bangalore in 1982. He received the Gold medal for the best all round student at IIM Bangalore in April 1982.

Offices held[edit]

While working in India at different times, his assignments have covered political, economic and trade/commerce functions, in the Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Finance. His overseas postings include Belgrade, Tokyo, Thimphu, Moscow, Munich and Hanoi. He has served as the Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs, the Indian Ambassador to Vietnam,[1] Minister in the Indian Embassy at Bhutan, the Consul General of India (Consulate General of India in Munich), and Joint Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He retired in December 2009 after serving as the in-charge for India's relations with ASEAN countries in the Ministry of External Affairs.[4]

After retirement, he took up an academic position as the senior fellow in the Centre for Public Policy at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore.[5]


Ravi was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus award by IIM Bangalore in October 2009.


  1. ^ a b c Oy, Veronica (8 January 2009). "India appoints envoy to ASEAN". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Nayar, K. P. (10 August 2009). "Sartorial foreign statement - External affairs establishment is getting a makeover". The Telegraph (Calcutta). Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dehli to keep Armenian-Indian relations in the spotlight". PanARMENIAN.Net. 31 August 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20120506114357/http://www.isecindia.in/about-us/team-profile. Archived from the original on May 6, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Aparna Datta (2010-12-03). "Career diplomat and IIMB alumnus N Ravi joins the Centre for Public Policy | Indian Institute of Management Bangalore". Iimb.ernet.in. Retrieved 2015-02-27. 

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