Suresh Kumar Kalra

Suresh Kumar Kalra

Suresh Kumar Kalra


Advocate registered with the Bar Council of Delhi. Empaneled as an arbitrator with the Indian Council of Arbitration and the Society for Affordable Resolution of Disputes (SAROD), a dispute settlement body under the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI). Apart from litigation matters, working as an arbitration counsel in commercial claims.


  • Over 26 years in the field of security, researching, analyzing and reporting to the senior most levels in the government, with assignments in security hotspots in India and overseas;
  • As a diplomat, successfully resolved numerous disputes involving Indian employees and workers with their foreign employers, through informal mediation and conciliation;
  • I also performed quasi-judicial functions as Estate Officer in the Andaman’s where I heard and adjudicated on numerous forestland encroachment cases;

Work Philosophy

Compassion is the highest form of dharma. Good governance is the foundation stone of healthy growth and development of any organization. Commitment to public causesis the ultimate litmus test public servants must pass.


  • Envisioned a policy program in Singapore and oversaw its implementation that facilitated repatriation, with zero cost to the government, of a large number of Indian workers languishing in jails in Singaporeafter beingduped by recruitment agents;
  • Saved numerous Indians from various crisis situations overseas;
  • Settlement of employee-employer disputes involving Indian workers overseas;
  • Digital data management of immigration and Indian worker records in Singapore way back in 1992-94 when the computer revolution was in its infancy;
  • Computerization of the visa accounting system in South Africa;
  • Settlement of pension and wages of forest workersand employees in Andaman & Nicobar Islands;
  • Resolved legal cases filed against forest officers in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands;


Joint Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, New Delhi  June 2013 – April 2015

  • Analysed and reported to the government on key bilateral and international strategic issues;
  • Formulated policy alternatives and discussion papers on security issues for the senior most government interlocutors;
  • Provided vision and direction to the staff resulting in increased productivity;

Regional Head, Shillong November 2010 – April 2013

  • Monitored, analysed and reported onsecurity conditions in North East India;
  • Provided policy alternatives on security issues and those concerningrelations with neighbouring countries;

Interacted with senior political leaders and officials including the Army, Air Force,

  • police, para-military forces and civil servants;

Diplomat,Singapore,Vietnam&South Africa January 1992-August 2010

  • Government interlocutor on security andinteracted with senior officials of foreign governments, diplomats, industry leaders and NRIs;
  • Monitored and reported on political, economic, defense and international issues;
  • Oversaw and implemented policies in particular relating to immigration and NRIs;
  • Interacted with the media, business houses and social groups to promote India’s culture, education, health and tourism sectors and India’s economic growth story;
  • Successfully resolved numerous disputes involving Indian workers and their employers through informal mediation;

Regional Head, Agartala, Tripura April 1989 – April 1991

  • Monitoring and reporting on security issues;
  • Provided policy alternatives on issues concerning relations with neighbouring countries;
  • Liaisedwith senior political leaders and officials including the Army, Air Force, police, para-military forces and civil servants;

Senior Forest Officer, Goa and Andaman & Nicobar IslandsMay1979 –June 1988

  • Formulatedand implemented forest and environment policies as well as personnel, financial and resource management;
  • Took various initiatives involving personnel and resource management and forest conservation and protection issues;
  • Functioned as Estate Officer – a quasi judicial position – to adjudicate cases of encroachment on forest land;


  • HR was an integral and crucial function of the various professional assignments;
  • On different occasions successfully managed the HR affairs of more than 500 employees
  • Handledall postings, transfers, training and recruitment issues;
  • Achieved successes in providing vision and leadership as well as motivating staff to achieve higher efficiency in office work and greater productivity in fieldwork;

Practice Areas: Corporate and Commercial, M&A Disputes, Mediation

26 years


LLB, 1986 Mumbai University
Master of Science in Chemistry – 1st division, 1976 St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University
Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, 1974 St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University

Language/s: English, Hindi
Address: C-203, Majestic Apartments, Chinar Housing Society, Sector 18A, Plot No. 3
City: New Delhi

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