H.E. Mr. Venu Rajamony is the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of the Netherlands since June 8, 2017.
Born on November 12, 1960, he holds a degree in Law from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, a Masters in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Certificate in Chinese language from University of Hong Kong. Mr. Venu Rajamony joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and has served in Indian missions in Hong Kong, Beijing, Geneva and Washington, D.C. as well as the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He was an Asia Foundation Fellow at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC between 2001–2002. He authored a much-acclaimed monograph titled ‘The India-China-US Triangle: A Soft Balance of Power in the Making’. Venu Rajamony’s tenure as Consul General of India in Dubai from 2007 to 2010 marked a high point in relations between India and the UAE. Extensive efforts were made to advance the welfare of the strong Indian community with over two million people, to promote trade and investment, to reach out to UAE nationals and enhance India’s image and soft power. In 2010, Venu Rajamony capped his stint in Dubai with the publication of a coffee table book titled, ‘India and the UAE: In Celebration of a Legendary Friendship’. A Malayalam language version of the book was released in Kerala in 2013 and the Arabic version was published in the UAE in 2014.
Mr. Venu Rajamony served as the Press Secretary to the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee for five years from August 2012- May 2017. He was part of President Mukherjee’s team during interactions with visiting leaders such as Emperor Akihito of Japan, President Xi Jinping of China, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, President Barack Obama of USA, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi among other luminaries. Venu Rajamony assisted the President when he received the leaders of the SAARC countries who came to attend the swearing-in of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May 2014 as well as during the India-Africa Forum Summit attended by 54 African leaders. He was also a senior member of President Mukherjee’s delegation during State visits to 20 countries, including China, Russia, Palestine, Israel, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
He also accompanied the President on over 100 official tours within the country and interacted with political leaders and civil servants of every State and Union Territory. He played a key role in the organisation and conduct of all important functions at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, including swearing-in of Ministers, conferral of the nation’s highest civilian awards (Padma Awards), gallantry awards to defense personnel and conferences of Governors and Lt. Governors of all States and Union Territories. Venu Rajamony’s four-year tenure has seen unprecedented dynamism in the Rashtrapati Bhavan’s media outreach efforts, bringing in accolades for being the most media friendly official institution in Delhi.
Prior to joining the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Venu Rajamony served as Joint Secretary and Head of Multilateral Institutions Division of the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance, Government of India from 2010-2012. In this position, he was responsible for formulating India’s policies towards the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. He also supervised external assistance to India of around $34 Billion (spread over 140 projects) from multilateral development banks. During this period, Venu Rajamony was India’s Deputy to the International Development Association and member of India’s delegations to the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee of the IMF and the Development Committee of the World Bank Group as well as the Annual General Meetings of the ADB.
Venu Rajamony began his career as a journalist, earning a reputation for rigorous investigation and comprehensive reportage at India’s leading national daily Indian Express, where he worked from 1983-86.
Mr. Venu Rajamony is married to Dr. Saroj Thapa, an Educationist and has two sons.