India’s envoy to New Zealand Neeta Bhushan gets additional charge of Cook Islands

India’s envoy to New Zealand Neeta Bhushan gets additional charge of Cook Islands

India’s envoy to New Zealand Neeta Bhushan gets additional charge of Cook Islands

New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs on Friday announced that IFS officer Neeta Bhushan has been concurrently appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to the Cook Islands. She will be based in Wellington.

Bhushan is currently serving as the Indian High Commissioner to New Zealand. She is expected to take up her new assignment soon, the MEA said.

Bhushan, a 1994 batch officer, was appointed as the Indian envoy to New Zealand, barely a couple of months back in September. She took over from Muktesh Pardeshi, who was promoted to the rank of secretary in the External Affairs Ministry at about the same time and was tasked with looking after India’s G-20 Secretariat.

Who is Neeta Bhushan?

Neeta Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. As a career diplomat, she has served in several countries including Japan, Bangladesh, Germany and UAE (as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Abu Dhabi). Her last assignment abroad was as Consul General of India in Chicago where she was in-charge of ten States in the US mid-west region.

The IFS officer’s overseas assignments include Head of the Press, Culture and Information Wing in the Indian High Commission in Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Head of the Economic and Commercial Wing in the Indian Embassy in Berlin (Germany).

She has also worked as director in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and as joint secretary (parliament & coordination) in the Ministry of External Affairs earlier.

A graduate from Delhi University’s Hindu College, she did a stint at the National Defence College as Faculty from the Foreign Service. Since April 2020, she has been Joint Secretary / Additional Secretary looking after bilateral relations with 30 countries in Central Europe. She also has an M.Phil. Degree from Madras University.

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