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Executive Council


Shri Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Defence Minister, Government of India

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.

M. Matheswaran

Air Marshal M Matheswaran, AVSM VM (Retd.) 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.

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.

Prakash Menon

Lt Gen [Dr.] Prakash Menon PVSM, AVSM,VSM, [Retd.] is an infantry officer who retired after almost four decades. His extensive command operational experience has spanned service as a platoon commander on the Line of Control in Kargil, company commander on the Siachen glacier and command of a Battalion, Brigade and a Division in counter insurgency in Central, North and South Kashmir. He was also the Major General General Staff of the army’s Northern Command responsible for operations in J&K and the Commandant of the National Defence College, New Delhi. Although he retired in October 2011, he continued in government as the Military Adviser and Secretary to Government of India in the National Security Council Secretariat [NSCS] at New Delhi from 2011 to 2014. Since 2015, he is the Officer on Special Duty [OSD] at the NSCS.

Apart from two post graduate degrees, he has a PhD from Madras University for his thesis “Limited War and Nuclear Deterrence in the Indo-Pak context”. He has several published works to his credit and is also one of the co-authors of NonAlignment 2.0. He was visiting Fellow at the Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore in 2014. He was appointed by the Union Cabinet as a member part of an expert group for the creation of the Indian National Defence University.

Swashpawan Singh

Swashpawan Singh is Secretary to the Vice President of India since November 2013. As a member of the Indian Foreign Service, he has held a wide range of appointments in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, and in the Indian Embassies in Kabul, Washington DC, Cairo, and as Consul General in Houston. He served as Director in the Office of the Minister of External Affairs (1990-92), as Joint Secretary on deputation to the Ministry of Defence (1998-2000), and as Joint Secretary, Gulf and HAJ Division (2000-2002). In January 2002, he was appointed as Ambassador of India to Kuwait, which position he held until 2005. As Ambassador in Kuwait, he was part of the team that negotiated the release of the Indian hostages held in Iraq. Between December 2005 and December 2008, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Organisations in Geneva. He is a member of the United Services Institution of India, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Indian Council of World Affairs and Association of Indian Diplomats.

Gulshan Rai Luthra

Gulshan, as he is known, has been writing on foreign affairs as well as on strategic, nuclear and defence issues for more than 40 years. A few months into reporting, he became the first journalist to break news about India’s first nuclear test in 1974 from where and what’s happening to the withdrawal of nuclear assistance by Canada as the first international reaction to it. His exclusive reports were quoted across the world. Beginning 1981, Gulshan was stationed in Abu Dhabi/Dubai for 13 years on behalf of UNI news agency as Foreign Correspondent and Chief of Bureau, Middle East. He was responsible for coverage from Iran on the Arabian Sea to Morocco on the Atlantic. Part of his assignment, with support from the Ministry of External Affairs, was to set up India’s first foreign news network in the region as a business venture, which he made commercially successful within a couple of years. The venture was later extended to Singapore.

A career journalist, Gulshan has contributed to a couple of British papers, a couple of news agencies, and some other publications. Well-travelled, Gulshan has been a Member of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) since 1978 and has also been on its Executive Council now for 10 years between 2003 and 2017. Gulshan has done television documentaries in India and abroad.

He is the Publisher and Editorial Director of India’s authoritative foreign affairs and defence monthly, India Strategic, and its online publication at

Anup Singh


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 at the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses. Click here for detailed profile [+]

Alok Deb

Maj. Gen. Alok Deb (Retd) SM, VSM is Deputy Director General at the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses.Click here for detailed profile [+]


Ashok K. Behuria

Dr. Ashok K. Behuria is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses. Click for detail profile