Executive Council


Manohar Parrikar
Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India

Shri Manohar Parrikar is Defence Minister in the Government of India. Before being inducted into the Council of Ministers of the Union Government on 9 November 2014, he was Chief Minister of Goa, first from 2000 to 2005 and later from March 2012 to November 2014. Click here for detailed profile [+]

TCA Rangachari

T C A Rangachari was India's Ambassador to Algeria, France and Germany before resigning from the Indian Foreign Service in 2006. Since then, he has been extensively writing and lecturing on many topical issues relating to India's foreign policy, strategic and security matters.

YM Bammi

Gen. Bammi has over 37 years of military experience in senior and leadership capacity in the Indian Army. During his military career, he has been President of the Gorkha Brigade of India; Director General of Assam Rifles; GOC of 1 Strike Corps; Defence Advisor at the Indian High Commission in Malaysia and Singapore; Instructor with the Royal Bhutan Army; Commanding Officer of infantry battalion in J&K; General Staff Officer with leading elements of the Indian Army in Bangladesh during the 1971 War; Rifle Company Commander during the 1965 War; Adjutant and Company Commander during the 1962 War; etc.

Gen. Bammi has a Doctorate in Military Studies from the Choudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut and a Masters in Defence Sciences from the University of Madras. His expertise includes South Asian security, insurgency, nuclear disarmament, terrorism, and counter-terrorism as well as the political and military landscape of South and South East Asia. He has a number of publications to his credit including The Gorkhas of the Indian Army and The Impregnable Conquered: Kargil 1999.

Charan Dass Wadhva

Charan D. Wadhva is former President and Chief Executive and Professor Emeritus/ Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), New Delhi India. He was in active service at the CPR during 1987-2007. He has been Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) at Ahmedabad during 2006-07 and 2007-08. He had served as Professor of Economics and Marketing at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad during 1970-87. He also held the Reserve Bank of India Chair Professorship in Economics at that Institute. He has also been invited as Guest Faculty at the Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (Haryana); the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi and several other institutions. He was the first Director and Chief Executive of the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi. He served as a Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India during 2002-03 and 2003-04. He has also served/is currently serving on the Governing Boards/Planning Boards/Board of Studies (and constituent bodies) of corporations and educational institutions. These include: Electronics Trade and Technology Development Corporation (A Government of India enterprise); the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi; Jawaharlal Nehru University; Jamia Millia Islamia University New Delhi; North East Hill University, Shillong (Meghalaya); Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University; Deen Dyal Upadhayay College (University of Delhi); Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak (Haryana) and the Centre for Strategic and Simulation Studies of the United Services Institution of India. His industry experience includes serving Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, a Government of India Undertaking as Economic Advisor.. He has also been consultant to several national (including the Planning Commission of India) and international organisations (of the United Nations including UNCTAD, UNIDO; and UNESCAP).. He is also a member of the editorial board of reputed journals including the Pacific Affairs published by University of British Columbia, Canada. He has several books and articles in professional journals to his credit.

Nandlal Jotwani

Wg. Cdr. Nandlal Jotwani (Retd.) is a decorated air force veteran, strategic analyst and distinguished scholar, who inter alia headed the Constitutional Institution of the National Commissioner for Linguistic Minorities, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, which is established under Article 350 B of the Constitution of India (2010-2013).

He is the recipient of several Honours and Awards for his outstanding professional excellence in I.A.F. and in the Public Service. He is an eminent scholar of national and international recognition, having been honoured with, inter alia, the status of the Visiting Fellow, ARC, Stanford University, USA (2003-04).

He is a widely travelled educationist, scholar, linguist and litterateur. He has made several presentations in the national and international conferences held in India and abroad. He was also honoured with “International Recognition” and the WEC-IIEE-IAEWP Award during the VIth World Environment Congress in recognition of his ‘outstanding contribution in the areas of nation building, planning, development and environmental protection’.

Besides, he has been the recipient of invitaion to participate in the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations High Level Meetings held in New York, USA, in years 2006 and 2008. He was distinguished Member of the Working Group and the Steering Committee on ‘Empowerment of the Minorities’ constituted by the Planning Commission, Government of India, for formulation of the XIIth Five Year Plan for the nation. He has also been honoured with the status of Special Invitee to the National Integration Council, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.

He has strong engagement in the linguistic landscape, strategic analysis, international relations and public service.

M. Matheswaran

Air Marshal M Matheswaran was until recently the Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (DCIDS) at HQ IDS, responsible for Policy, Perspective Plans and Force Development. He retired on 31 March 2014 after completing 39 years of service with the Indian Air Force, Ministry of Defence. Commissioned as a fighter pilot in 1975, he has held many important commands and staff appointments in his 39-year service career. He has extensive experience in Operations, Aerospace Technology, Aerospace Development and Flight Testing, Defence Research and Strategy, Project Management experience in important projects such as the LCA and Kaveri. This vast experience has enabled him to make an impact on various Policy changes through many of his studies to the Air Force and the MOD.

He has currently embarked on his second innings as an Independent Consultant in Academic Research and International Affairs as a Strategist, National Security Analyst, and a Specialist in Aerospace Power and Strategy.

He is currently Advisor (Strategy) to the Chairman, HAL.

Mahendra Ved

Mahendra Ved is a New Delhi-based writer and columnist. He co-authored with Sreedhar, Afghan Turmoil: Changing Equations (Himalayan Books, 1998) and Afghan Buzkashi: Great Game and Gamesmen (Wordsmiths, 2000, 2 volumes).

Anup Singh

Vice Admiral Anup Singh (Retd), former Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command, was commissioned in the Indian Navy on 01 Jul 1973.

During his career, he commanded four ships of different classes, viz. Indian Naval Ships Matanga, Veer, Ranvir and Delhi. In the case of two of these ships, he was also selected to commission them. These were: the INS Veer, a first of the new project missile vessel from the Soviet Union and INS Delhi, the first indigenously designed and indigenously built Destroyer of 6700 Tons displacement. For INS Veer, he spent a year under training in the erstwhile USSR and for the Delhi, he oversaw the final stages of her construction at the MDL, for nearly a year before commissioning.

At the pinnacle of seagoing assignments was the command of the Western Fleet, ie Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. He held this prestigious operational appointment in 2006-07, wherein he led Operation SUKOON, the evacuation of civilians from war-torn Lebanon, in July 2006, moving his fleet repeatedly in and out of Beirut, Lebanon (under war) to Larnaca, Cyprus.

Important assignments ashore included Director of Naval Plans (Force Structure and Defence Budget Planning); Director of Personnel(Human Resource Development and Management); Assistant Controller of Warship Production/ Acquisitions and Carrier Projects; Chief Instructor (Navy) at the Defence Services Staff College; Chief of Staff, Western Naval Command; Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Air); Deputy Chief of Naval Staff; Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff; and finally as the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command from Aug 2009 to Oct 2011.

Vice Admiral Anup Singh has been a keen sportsman and adventurer. His interests include golf, riding and sailing. He was the Sailing Master of the first ever square-rigged Sail Training Vessel in India, named ‘Varuna’, in 1980-82. He also skippered the Naval Yacht ‘Samudra’ for her Pacific Crossing during the Tri Service round-the-world voyage in 1989.


S. Jaishankar

Dr. S. Jaishankar assumed his responsibilities as Foreign Secretary of India on 29 January 2015.

Dr. Jaishankar has more than three decades of diplomatic experience. Joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1977, Dr. Jaishankar has represented India's interests and fostered friendly working relationships in countries around the world.

Dr. Jaishankar's first postings abroad were as Third and Second Secretary (Political) at the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1979 to 1981. From 1981 to 1985, he served as Under Secretary (Americas) and Policy Planning in the Ministry of External Affairs. He then spent three years from 1985 to 1988 as First Secretary handling political affairs at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC, followed by two years as First Secretary and Political Advisor to the Indian Peace Keeping Force (IPKF) in Sri Lanka.

In 1990, Dr. Jaishankar became Commercial Counsellor in Budapest. After three years in that position, he returned to India where he served first as Director of East Europe Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, and then as Press Secretary for the President of India. Following this service in India, Dr. Jaishankar went abroad again - to Tokyo in 1996 as Deputy Chief of Mission. In the year 2000, he was appointed the Ambassador of India to Czech Republic and served in Prague till 2004.

Upon completing his time as Ambassador in Prague, Dr. Jaishankar returned once again to India, where he led the Americas Division in the Ministry of External Affairs. After three years heading the division, he again left India in 2007 to serve as High Commissioner to Singapore for two years. Dr. Jaishankar was the Ambassador of India to China from 2009 to 2013 and was the Ambassador of India to US before assuming responsibilities as Foreign Secretary.

Dr. Jaishankar holds a Ph.D. and M.Phil in International Relations and a M.A. in Political Science. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

Dr. Jaishankar is married to Kyoko Jaishankar and has two sons and a daughter.

G. Mohan Kumar

Shri G.Mohan Kumar is Defence Secretary, Government of India.

He belongs to to the 1979 batch of IAS, Odisha cadre. He is a post-Graduate in Chemistry and an MBA from UK. He has worked in various ministries and departments including Steel, Water Resources, Rural Development, Fisheries, Export Development and VAT Administration. 

Jayant Prasad

Amb Jayant Prasad is Director General Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses.

Rumel Dahiya

Brig. Rumel Dahiya is Deputy Director General at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.Click here for detailed profile.


Meena Singh Roy

Dr. Meena Singh Roy is Research Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click for detail profile


Vinod Misra

Vinod Misra served as Secretary (Defence Finance) in the Ministry of Defence till mid 2007.Later, he headed the Defence Expenditure Review Committee in 2008/09, which suggested comprehensive reforms in defence resource management. Over 2008/09 till 2012, he served on the boards of Oil India and Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) as an independent director. The 'BrahMos' missile programme was also reviewed in-depth by a committee under his chairmanship in 2010-11. Since 2008, he is closely associated with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) as a distinguished fellow. He is currently also the Visitor's nominee on the Executive Council of the Delhi University.

G.K. Pillai

Shri Gopal K. Pillai joined Indian Administrative Service in year 1972 and belongs to Kerala cadre. He has served the Government of Kerala in various capacities including District Collector (Quilon), Special Secretary (Industries), Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) and Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala. He also held important positions in the Union Government. Between 1996 and 2001, he served as Joint Secretary (North East) in the Ministry of Home Affairs. In 2004, he joined Ministry Commerce and Industry as Additional Secretary and was elevated to the rank of Secretary in 2006. During the tenure of this last role, over 500 Special Economic Zones, as tax exempt export enclave zones, were approved, and are expected to employ around one million people. He was appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of Home Affairs on 11 June 2009. Shri Pillai took over as Union Home Secretary on 30th June 2009. He was also concurrently Secretary of the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice. He retired on June 30, 2011 as Union Home Secretary of India. He is presently the member of National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) and a Distinguished Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.