Rakesh Sood (born 5 February 1953) is a former Indian diplomat, columnist, writer and expert on foreign affairs. He was appointed then Prime Minister’s (Mr. Manmohan Singh) special envoy for disarmament and non-proliferation in September, 2013. He did his secondary schooling from Ramjas Higher Secondary School -5, New Delhi. He studied physics at St. Stephens College, Delhi and went on to join the Indian Foreign Service in July 1976.He has served as India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan and Nepal, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. He has also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Washington DC.Among his other assignments abroad, Ambassador Sood has been First Secretary and Counsellor in India’s High Commission in Islamabad and First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva, apart from serving in India’s diplomatic missions in Brussels and Dakar. Rakesh also served as Indian Ambassador to France with concurrent accreditation to Monaco.At the Ministry of External Affairs Mr. Sood was Joint Secretary heading the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division.
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