Ranjit Rae has been deeply involved in multilateral and bilateral diplomacy and has worked in crisis situations and in conflict areas. Rae has a master’s degree from the Delhi School of Economics and worked as a lecturer at St Stephen’s College, Delhi University before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1980. Rae is a former member of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions and also served as a representative of the UN General Assembly on the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund, has worked as a staff member in the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York, has held important positions in the Indian Government, including as Staff Officer to the Foreign Secretary, Director of the Office of the Minister of External Affairs and Press Secretary to the President of India. Prior to retirement in 2017, Rae had served as India’s Ambassador to Hungary, with concurrent accreditation to Slovenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vietnam and Nepal. After retirement Rae was appointed to the High-Level Group on Commonwealth Governance by Secretary General Dame Patricia Scotland. He is also a Member of the Peace Advisory Board of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). He has recently published his first book Kathmandu Dilemma, Resetting India-Nepal Ties (Penguin 2021).