Mr. Lokesh Mysore Kapanaiah
Ambassador of India to the United Arab Emirates
H E Mr. Lokesh Mysore Kapanaiah joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1977. At the initial stage of his diplomatic career, Ambassador Lokesh served at Indian Missions in Kandy and Colombo (Sri Lanka); Embassy of India, Brussels; and, High Commission of India, Lagos.
Prior to taking up his present assignment in April 2010, Ambassador Lokesh has served as Counsellor/Minister in Embassy of India, Washington, (Nov 1994-June 1997); Consul General in Durban (July 1997-Nov 2000); Ambassador to Slovak Republic(Apr 2004-June 2007), and Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Brussels (Aug 2007-March 2010).
Various assignments handled by Amabssador Lokesh in India include: Deputy Secretary, Defence Services Staff College, Wellington; Deputy Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations; and Joint Secretary (Africa), in the Ministry of External Affairs.
Ambassador Lokesh is a Post-Graduate in Botany and in Military Science.
Ambassador Lokesh is married and has two daughters. His wife, Mrs. Radhika Lal Lokesh, an Indian Foreign Service Officer, is currently posted at India's Consul General in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Ambassasdor Lokesh is vastly travelled and besides Kannada (Mother Tongue) has good knowledge of Tamil, Sinhalese & French languages.