Chairman's Profile

Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi

Shri Gopalkrishna Gandhi (b. 1945) has been an administrator for most of his working life. He has also held diplomatic positions in five countries.

Shri Gandhi joined the Indian Administrative Services in 1968 and served as an IAS Officer in Tamil Nadu till 1985. He was Secretary to the Vice President of India from 1985 to 1987 and Joint Secretary to the President of India from 1987 to 1992. In 1992 he took voluntary retirement from the IAS. He was Minister (Culture) in the High Commission of India, UK and also the Director of the Nehru Centre, London from 1992 to 1996.

 In 1996 he was appointed the High Commissioner of India to South Africa and, concurrently, to Lesotho. The following year he took up the post of Secretary to the President of India. The year 2002 saw him appointed as the High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka. In 2002 he became the Ambassador of India to Norway and concurrently to Iceland. He was Governor of West Bengal from 2004 to 2009. He acted as Governor of Bihar in 2005.

He has authored one novel (Saranam - Refuge in English) and a play in verse (Dara Shukoh). His other books are - Gandhi and South Africa, Koi Acchha Sa Ladka (translation into Hindustani of Vikram Seth's novel 'A Suitable Boy'), Gandhi and Sri Lanka, Nehru and Sri Lanka, Of a Certain Age: Twenty Life Sketches, Gandhi is Gone:Who Will Guide Us Now? (edited), A Frank Friendship