Shri Dinesh K. Patnaik is a career diplomat of the Indian Foreign Service with experience of over 30 years in a variety of interesting and challenging assignments.
He has served in Indian Missions in Geneva, Dhaka, Beijing and Vienna.
At Headquarters, he has served in the Europe West, External Publicity, Africa and UN Divisions.
Shri Patnaik served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Vienna from 2009 to 2012.
He was India’s Ambassador to Cambodia from 2012 to 2015.
He was India’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco from 2015 to 2016.
He was Deputy High Commissioner of India to London from 2016 to 2018.
He was Additional Secretary (Indian Ocean Region) from November 2018 to July 2019 and thereafter Additional Secretary (CPV&OIA) from July 2019 to January 2020 in the Ministry of External Affairs.
He held the post of Director-General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Ambassador Patnaik holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kolkata. He also holds a Master’s degree in Advanced International Studies from the University of Vienna and Certificate in International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna.
Ambassador Patnaik is married to Poonam who is an international educator. They have two daughters.
Shri Dinesk K. Patnaik assumed charge as Ambassador of India to Spain and Andorra on 16th January 2022.