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Mrs. Ruchi Ghanashyam, Secretary (West)

Mrs. Ruchi GhanashyamShe joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1982 after obtaining a Master in Psychology from Bhopal University. She is married to Mr. A.R. Ghanashyam, who also joined the Indian Foreign Service the same year. She has two grown up sons.

After successful completion of her assignment as High Commissioner of India to South Africa with concurrent accreditation to the Kingdom of Lesotho (October 2014 – April 2017), she has assumed the charge of the post of Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs on April 17, 2017. During her diplomatic career, she served as Joint Secretary and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi heading the Europe West Division. She earlier served as High Commissioner of India in Ghana (March 2008 - October 2011), during which she was also concurrently accredited to Burkina Faso, Togo and Sierra Leone. Earlier she served as Minister in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York from May 2004 to March 2008. She served as Director (Pakistan) at Headquarters in Delhi from August 2000 to March 2004 having earlier served as Counsellor (Political, Press & Info) in High Commission of India, Islamabad. She also served in the Embassy of India in Brussels, Belgium, Kathmandu, Nepal and Damascus, Syria where she learnt Arabic, and as Under Secretary in New Delhi looking after Audio-Visual Publicity for the Ministry of External Affairs.