Ambassador Raghavan was appointed Convenor of the National Security Advisory Board of the National Security Council of India in September 2016, after a diplomatic career of over 36 years (1979- 2016).
He was Ambassador of India to the Russian Federation (2014-16), to Ireland (2007-11) and the Czech Republic (2004-7). He has had diplomatic assignments in South Africa, Vietnam, United Kingdom, Poland and USSR.
He was Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister of India (2000-04) dealing with Foreign Affairs, Nuclear Energy, Space, Defence and National Security.
In 2012-13, he was Secretary in charge of India’s external economic relations, also overseeing the departments of personnel & property administration, security and e-governance in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi. He conceptualized and headed the Development Partnership Administration (DPA) in MEA, which implements and monitors India’s economic partnership programs abroad, with an annual budget of about US$ 1.5 billion.
Ambassador Raghavan writes and lectures extensively on foreign policy, national security and strategic issues.