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Prashant is currently heading the SAARC Division of Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. He has undertaken assignments building political, economic and cultural relations in India’s diplomatic Missions in Paris (2000-2003) and Port Louis (2003-2006), and in Bangkok (2009-2014), where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission and India’s Deputy Permanent Representative to UNESCAP. He was India’s Consul General to Hong Kong SAR and Macau SAR (January 2014 till March 2016), implementing India's Look East policy and driving engagement with the global financial and business hub. He has also served in various capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, handling relations with the US during 2006-07 and with Nepal during 2008-09. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the United Service Institute of India during 2007-08, and has published his research “A comparative analysis of India and China’s approaches to Energy Security”. He also speaks French. Prashant is a graduate from IIT Kanpur. He joined the Civil Service in 1998 as the topper of Indian Foreign Service batch that year. At the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy for Administration in Mussoorie, he stood first in overall academic performance. He is passionate about travelling, heritage, arts and culture, with a special interest in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. His other interests are photography, trekking, nature and wildlife.