B 33 IFS Apartments
Mayur Vihar I Delhi 110 091
Tel: ++ 91-11-2279 1021
Email: kishanrana [at] gmail.com
Educated at St. Stephens College, Delhi University; a BA (Hon), MA in Economics (First Division). Joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1960; served for 35 years, retiring in 1995. Foreign languages: Chinese and French.
His Service career divides into two clear segments: the first 15 years were spent in and working on China from the Ministry of External Affairs, first learning the language, followed by two assignments in Beijing, and two spells of working on the China and East Asia desks at the Ministry of External Affairs. The only break in this pattern was 3-years spent in Geneva working on multilateral diplomacy, and in Delhi, working for almost two years in the territorial division dealing with neighbors, Bhutan and Nepal.
In 1975, his career took a turn, assigned as Ambassador to Algeria. Of the next 20 years, he spent 17 overseas, as Ambassador or High Commissioner to Czechoslovakia, Kenya, (and Consul General, San Francisco, 1986-89), and then to Mauritius, and Germany. In 1981-83 he served as a Joint Secretary in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Office for a year, and directly after that, headed personnel administration in the Ministry of External Affairs. He handled multilateral diplomacy in two spells, as a first secretary at the Indian mission at Geneva (1967-70), and as permanent representative to UNEP and Habitat, Nairobi, (concurrently High Commissioner in Kenya, 1984-86).
Retired in 1995; initially engaged as a free-lance business advisor 1995-99. Worked as a part-time adviser to a South East Asian tourism promotion body, a London-based merchant bank, and a German management consultancy company, and also advised several Indian companies. Since 2000 he has focused on teaching and writing: currently Professor Emeritus & part-time e-learning teaching faculty member, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva, he has developed five training courses which are delivered annually through distance teaching at the MA level. Supervised about 20 MA dissertations for a degree awarded through DiploFoundation, by the University of Malta. Other activities: Commonwealth Adviser to the Namibia Foreign Ministry (2000-01); Emeritus Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi, also book review editor of the Institute’s flagship publication China Report; Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge, 2004; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, 2005; Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur; guest faculty, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, 2011-18 (delivering a six-lecture module); short-term Commonwealth consultant, Botswana Foreign Ministry, 2012. He has developed distance training courses for the Canadian and British foreign ministries; lectured on diplomacy related subjects in about 30 foreign countries, at universities and at training institutions run by foreign ministries. Also lectured and developed several training courses at the Indian Foreign Service Institute, New Delhi, 1995-2008; professor emeritus at this FSI from 2001 to 2008.
Distance learning courses offered at DiploFoundation, the South African Department of Foreign Affairs, UAE Foreign Ministry and elsewhere:
- Bilateral Diplomacy
- 21st Century Diplomacy
- Public Diplomacy
- Consular and Diaspora Diplomacy
- Economic Diplomacy
Lectured at ambassador conferences held in Bahrain, Botswana, Kenya and Namibia, and at a meeting of deans of diplomatic training of the ‘ASEAN Plus Three’ group, at Malaysia in 2005.