Mr Akhilesh Mishra belongs to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) which he joined in 1989. Before joining as Director General of ICCR on 25 February 2019, he was an ambassador of India to Maldives (2016-19) and Consul General of India in Toronto, Canada (2013-16).
Mr Mishra’s previous assignments include Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, heading the Northern Division dealing with India's relations with Nepal and Bhutan (2011-13), Joint Secretary in charge of Multilateral Economic Relations Division (2010-11); Deputy Chief of Mission in Kabul, Afghanistan (2008-10); Deputy High Commissioner in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (2005-08); Deputy Consul General in San Francisco, USA (2001-05); Deputy Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (1999-2001); and in different capacities in Indian embassies in Kathmandu, Nepal (1996-99); Rome, Italy (1993-96) and Lima, Peru (1991-93).
Mr. Mishra holds the degrees of Bachelor of Technology and Masters of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, both from the Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
Mr Mishra speaks Spanish, Italian and Nepalese. Among Indian languages he knows Hindi and Sanskrit, besides English.
Besides international affairs, especially issues concerning India’s neighbourhood and Indian Ocean Region, Mr Mishra has keen interest in Indian culture, philosophy, poetry, yoga and meditation.