Odia IFS Debraj Pradhan, presently Ambassador of India to Chile, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Norway. He is expected to take up his assignment shortly.
Debraj Pradhan was born on 27 June 1958. He holds Masters degree in Political Science.
Pradhan joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in August 1981. After Foreign Service training in India he was posted as Third Secretary/Second Secretary to High Commission of India, Nairobi from December 1982 to January 1986. From February 1986 to July 1989 he served as Assistant High Commissioner in Rajshahi, Bangladesh. From August 1989 to August 1992 he served as First Secretary in Embassy of India, Vienna and later was posted as Deputy Secretary dealing with Bangladesh in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi during the period September 1992 to July 1995.
From August 1995 to July 1998, he was posted as First Secretary and later Counsellor overseeing Commercial matters in Embassy of India, Buenos Aires. He became Deputy High Commissioner of India, Lagos from September 1998 to July 2001. From August 2001 to December 2005 he was moved to Embassy of India, The Hague as Counsellor and then as Minister. From January 2006 to February 2009 he was Minister and later Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Tehran before moving to Ministry of External Affairs as Head of Division handling Right to Information.
Pradhan was appointed as Ambassador of India to Angola in October 2011 and continued as Ambassador of India in Luanda till February 2014.