Additional Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Mr Dammu Ravi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1989. He served in Indian Missions abroad in Mexico, Cuba, Brussels in various capacities from 1991 to 2001. He served at Headquarters in the Ministry of External Affairs as Director in the West Europe Division and also as Director, UN Division from 2001 to 2006. He was on deputation as Private Secretary to Minister of Tourism and Culture from March 2006 to May 2009. He was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs responsible for India’s relations with Latin America and Caribbean countries from November 2009 to November 2013.
On deputation to Ministry of Commerce as Joint Secretary he handled Trade Policy matters; WTO issues, especially trade disputes, NAMA, fisheries negotiations and trade policy reviews. He was part of Indian delegation to WTO Ministerial Conference in Nairobi in November 2015 and in Buenos Aires in December 2017. He also handled India’s relations with regional bodies on trade matters such as G20, BRICS, Commonwealth, SCO, APEC, IORA, ASEM, UNCTAD etc. He was India’s chief negotiator in the mega regional free trade agreement ‘Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)’. On return to Ministry of External Affairs in March 2020 he has been designated as Additional Secretary coordinating COVID related issues.