Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao

Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao

Ambassador Hamid Ali Rao Permanent Representative of Indiato the Conference on Disarmament, Geneva


Brief Biography

Mr. Hamid Ali Rao was Ambassador & Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, from December 2007 to September 2011.

Before arriving in Geneva, he was Joint Secretary Disarmament & International Security Affairs in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), and prior to that, worked as Joint Secretary (UNES & UNP).

He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. In his first stint at MEA Headquarters (1985-95), he worked as US (SAARC), DS(UN), and OSD for Press Relations. He was Private Secretary to the External Affairs Minister from 1993-95.

His earlier assignments abroad were in Vienna as Third/Second Secretary, as Counsellor in PMI, Geneva, as Counsellor in HCI, Dhaka, and as DCM in the Indian Embassy in Vienna (2001-2004).

Born in 1954, Ambassador Rao holds MA in Political Science and LLB. He is married to Dr. Asiya Hamid Rao; they have two daughters.