Mr. Parthasarathi graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1974 from Mysore University and served as an Executive Engineer with a major PSU in Bangalore till 1980. During this period, he also earned an MBA degree (International Marketing) and a Post Graduate Diploma (Industrial Management) from Bangalore University in India.
Mr. Parthasarathi joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981 and has served as a diplomat in countries throughout the world including in Pakistan, Belgium and United Kingdom. He was the Head of the Gulf Division in the Ministry of external Affairs and he has also served in Syria. He has served in different capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs) in New Delhi.
N Parthasarathi is a veteran diplomat with more than three decades of service in the Indian Foreign service. From September 2005 to September 2008, he served as Ambassador of India to the Republic of South Korea and from October 2008 to September 2011, he served as Ambassador of India to Senegal. During that time he was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde Islands, as well as High Commissioner of India to the Republic of The Gambia. He was also the Consul General of India in San Francisco, USA, from October 2011 till October 2014. He retired from the Foreign Service at the end of October 2014 and has moved back to Bangalore, his home town.
From July 2015 to November 2016, he served as the Secretary General/CEO of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Bengaluru and till recently he was the CEO of the Karnataka State Cricket Association. Currently, he is busy with mentoring many start-ups and advising organizations/Universities on many issues of interest. He writes regularly on International relations in Indian print media and participates in discussions on TV channels.
For more than three decades, he has been involved with efforts to promote the interests of India’s Commerce and industry. He has consistently interacted with nodal organizations such as FICCI, CII and various other institutions in India and Industry/Trade, Think Tanks, Academia and Government in various countries around the globe. He has been a Panelist at Stanford Economic Summit, given talks at Berkeley and many other prestigious institutions. He strongly believes in improving the standards of education and promotes innovation and leadership using new techniques.
Mr. Parthasarathi brings with him a rich experience, stature, Integrity and Leadership. His engineering and Management background helps him to understand the industry/ economy and commerce comfortably and his diplomatic skills in articulation and negotiation makes him a natural and able administrator. He has in-depth knowledge, is resourceful and has wide ranging experience.
He is deeply interested in innovation in science and cutting-edge technologies and particularly in its application to improve the lives of millions of underprivileged in developing countries. Developments in the fields of green energy, health and education that could provide cost effective access to improve the quality of life of the underprivileged attract him.
Mr. Parthasarathi’s hobbies include writing, spirituality, mentoring youth, golf and bridge. He has published four books: (i) ‘The Reluctant Assassin’, a fictional thriller, published in Delhi, in January 2005; – the story reflects the lives of people whose families are divided between India and Pakistan. (ii) “The Legend of Ayodhya Princess in Korea”, a fictional novel linking the ancient history of India and Korea. The latter was translated in the Korean language as ‘Bi Dan Hwang Hoo’ (Silk Empress) (iii) The National book Trust published “SriRatna-Kim Suro” a children’s book based on this novel. (iv) He has recently published “Suspended Lives”, a novel dealing with domestic violence and life in America.