Mr. Ravi Kumar S Joshi, (prefers Ravi Joshi), after doing his Masters in Political Science (Mysore University, 1972-74) and M Phil on Chinese Studies, (School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1974-76) joined the Government of India, in January 1978.He served in the Ministry of Defence and the Cabinet Secretariat, in various administrative and research positions. He has done diplomatic assignments in the Maldives, Kenya and Austria. While in Vienna, Austria, he was also the Dy. PR to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
His areas of expertise are Russia, Central Asia, Pakistan, Iran and West Asia (particularly the post 'Arab Spring'). He has travelled widely in the region and interacted with key decision makers.