The Embassy of India in Berlin
Address: Tiergartenstrasse 17, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Amb. Harish Parvathaneni
Ambassador Harish Parvathaneni assumed charge as Ambassador of India to the Federal Republic of Germany on November 06, 2021. He is married with two daughters.
Previously, Parvathaneni was an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As Additional Secretary (Economic Relations) he led the Economic Diplomacy Division that deals with bilateral economic relations of India. He also led the Multilateral Economic Relations Division and was the Indian Sous Sherpa for G20, G7, BRICS and IBSA.
Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1990, Ambassador Parvathaneni has learnt Arabic at the American University of Cairo and passed the examination with distinction. He has served in the Indian Missions in Cairo and Riyadh and was the Head of the Post as India's Representative to the Palestinian Authority stationed in Gaza city. He was on Secondment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as the Chief of the Policy Analysis Unit at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza.
He was the Consulate General of India, Houston during July 2012 until March 2016 covering eight states of the South and South-West of the USA. He was the Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam from April 2016 to June 2019.
Bilateral relations between India and Germany are characterized as being very close, based on trust, mutual respect, and democratic principles. India was amongst the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany, after the Second World War, and this relation grew significantly after the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. In the last decade, the economic and political bonds between these countries enhanced, and today, Germany is amongst India's most important partners, both on an EU and global level.
There have been regular high-level visits from both sides. One very important meeting was the third bilateral intergovernmental consultations in New Delhi, where 18 bilateral agreements were agreed upon in sectors such as energy, business, vocational training, culture and research, security and agriculture. Germany holds ambitious plans for economic reform programmes (like developing India’s industrial sector), which mostly were decided in the Agenda for the Indo-German Partnership, on May 2000.
Germany is India’s principal trading partner in the EU; and their development cooperation is one of the biggest components of their bilateral relations. India is a Global Development Partner, which means it plays an important role in global development issues, the protection of global public goods, the attainment of sustainable development goals (SDG) as well as in international processes (WTO Doha Round, climate negotiations).
In the area of Education, there are six Goethe Institutes in India.