Muktesh K. Pardeshi assumed his assignment as Ambassador of India to Mexico on 16 April 2016. A career diplomat, he joined Indian Foreign Service in 1991. This is his second stint in Mexico City where he served two decades ago (1993-95) for a brief period as Third/Second Secretary.
Before the current assignment, Ambassador Pardeshi was Joint Secretary (Passport Seva Project) and Chief Passport Officer of India since 2010. His leadership role in the transformation of Passport services in India (12 million in 2015) over five years has been widely acclaimed. Passport Seva Project, the programme which he headed as its Mission Leader, became the recipient of the National Award on e-Governance (Gold) 2014-15, Web Ratna (Platinum) Award 2014, Computer Society of India-Nihilent eGovernance Award of Excellence 2011-12 and eINDIA Governance Award 2013. The Project was also awarded three ISO certifications, namely ISO 9001:2008, 20000:2011 and 27000:2013 in 2015. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Security Printing and Minting Cooperation of India Limited (SPMCIL) during 2010-16.
In a diplomatic career spanning over 25 years, 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) before entering the diplomatic service in 1991. He also holds an Advanced Diploma in Spanish from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
He is married to Rakhi Pardeshi and they have two daughters.