Shri Hardeep Singh Puri

Hon'ble Minister of Civil Aviation

Shri Hardeep Singh Puri,

Hardeep Singh Puri (born 15 February 1952) is an Indian politician, former diplomat who is the current Civil Aviation Minister of India and Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in India. He is a 1974 batch Indian Foreign Service officer who served as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations from 2009 to 2013.

He formerly served as President of the United Nations Security Council and as Chairman of United Nations Security Council Counter - Terrorism Committee, Vice President of International Peace Institute and Secretary - General of Independent Commission on Multilateralism in New York.

Hardeep Singh Puri was born in Delhi. His father was a diplomat, and he attended boarding school in India as his father was posted in countries where there were no options for English-language education. He earned Bachelor of Arts in history and Master of Arts in history from Hindu College, University of Delhi. He worked as a lecturer in history at St. Stephen's College, Delhi.

Hardeep has served as Joint secretary to the Government of India in Ministry of External Affairs from 1994 to 1997 and from 1999 to 2002. He has also served as Joint secretary to the Government of India in Ministry of Defence from 1997 to 1999. He later served as Secretary to the Government of India (Economic Relations) in Ministry of External Affairs from 2009 to 2013.

Puri has been stationed at important diplomatic posts in Brazil, Japan, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom. Between 1988 and 1991, he was the Coordinator of the UNDP/ UNCTAD Multilateral Trade Negotiations Project to help Developing Countries in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. He also served as the chairman of the United Nations Security Council Counter - Terrorism Committee from January 2011 to February 2013, and as President of the United Nations Security Council in August 2011 and November 2012.

Ambassador Puri joined International Peace Institute as a senior advisor in June 2013. Puri joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in January 2014, expressing an admiration for the party's approach to national security.

In May 2019, Puri became the Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry

Hardeep Singh Puri is married to Lakshmi Puri, who is the former Assistant Secretary-General at United Nations. They have two daughters. His brother, Pradeep Puri, is a 1979 batch retired IAS officer who played an instrumental role in the construction of DND Flyway.