Dr. Kheya Bhattacharya joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1985 after obtaining her Masters from Columbia University, New York and completing her Ph.D in Molecular Biology from Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi.
Dr. Bhattacharya has studied in Institute Internationale d’Administration Publique in France in May 1991 and in the Foreign Service Programme of Oxford University from September 1991 to July 1992.
She has experience of diplomatic assignments in both Europe and India’s neighbourhood. She was Second Secretary (EEC) in India’s Mission in Brussels from 1986 to 1989. Subsequently, she was First Secretary (Press, Info & Culture) in Dhaka from 1992 to 1994. She was posted in Paris as Counsellor (Political) from 1997 to 2000 and as Deputy Chief of Mission in Kathmandu from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Bhattacharya was Deputy Permanent Representative in Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Geneva from 2009 to 2013.
In the Ministry, Dr. Bhattacharya was Under Secretary (Americas Division) from 1989 to 1991. She worked as Senior Programme Director in the Indian Council for Cultural Relations from 1995 to 1997. As Director in MEA from 2001 to 2004 and then Joint Secretary from 2007 to 2009, Dr. Bhattacharya interacted with the neighbouring countries. As Additional Secretary and Senior Directing Staff in National Defence College (NDC), she was a member of the faculty of NDC.
Dr. Bhattacharya’s hobbies include reading, music, sports and travel.