About Us High Commissioner's Profile


Muktesh K. Pardeshi joined his assignment as the High Commissioner of India to New Zealand on 29th July 2019. He is also concurrently accredited as High Commissioner of India to Samoa, Niue, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands.

Ambassador Pardeshi is a career diplomat who joined Indian Foreign Service in 1991.

Prior to his New Zealand assignment, he was Ambassador of India to Mexico from April 2016 to June 2019. He also concurrently served as High Commissioner to Belize. During his tenure, India-Mexico ´Privileged Partnership’ saw huge advancement: bilateral trade increased from US$ 5.9 bn in 2015 to US$ 10.15 bn in 2018, thus registering 75% growth over a three-year period. India participated as the Guest of Honour Country at the 46th Cervantino International Festival 2018 and the 33rd International Book Fair Guadalajara 2019. He was named Ambassador of the Year 2018 for his contributions by Mexican diplomatic journal El Mundo Internacional.

At Headquarters, Shri Pardeshi was Joint Secretary (Passport Seva Project) and Chief Passport Officer of India during 2010-16. His leadership role in the transformation of Passport services in India (which doubled from 6 to 12 million during 2010-15) has been widely acclaimed. As the Mission Leader of Passport Seva Project, he received numerous awards, including the prestigious National Award on e-Governance (Gold) 2014-15 and Web Ratna (Platinum) Award 2014. During 2010-16, he also served on the Board of Directors of the Security Printing and Minting Cooperation of India Limited (SPMCIL).

In a diplomatic career spanning over three decades, Ambassador Pardeshi has earlier served as Minister/Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of India in Jakarta (2007-10) and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva (2004-07). In 2001-04, he was Deputy Secretary (South East Asia & Pacific) in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. During 1993-2001, he worked at Indian Missions in Mexico City, Bogota and Kathmandu (where he also held the position of the Secretary of B. P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation).

He was educated at the University of Delhi where he obtained Bachelor and Master of Arts from Hindu College and Delhi School of Economics respectively (both with first position in the University). He also holds a Diploma in Spanish from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

He is married to Rakhi Pardeshi and they have two daughters. Mrs. Pardeshi has been engaged in social and charitable activities, and served as the President of the Association of Diplomatic Spouses, Mexico City for two terms (2018-19).  

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