General Dr. Manoj Mukund Naravane (Retired) served as the 28th Chief of the Army Staff of the Indian Army from December 31, 2019 to April 30, 2022. He is an alumnus of the National Defense Academy, Khadakwasla (Pune); Indian Military Academy, Dehradun; Defense Services Staff College, Wellington and Army War College, Mhow, where he was also on the Faculty. General Naravane holds a Master’s degree in Defense Studies and an M.Phil Degree in Defense & Management Studies. He also holds a doctorate based on his thesis, ‘Harmonizing Naga Customs Traditions and Institutions in the Context of Peace and Development‘, awarded by the Punjabi University, Patiala. In a distinguished military career of more than four decades, he also served as the Vice Chief of Army Staff and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Eastern and Training Commands. He has vast experience of foreign affairs, having been part of the Indian Peace Keeping Force in Sri Lanka, Defense Attaché at Yangon, Myanmar, and as the Head of the Indian Delegation to several countries.

The General has many National and International awards to his credit including the Param Vishisht Seva Medal for “service to the country of the most exceptional order,” and the Distinguished Public Service Award 2022 by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum for his contributions to Indo-US relations. He has delivered a number of talks on National Security and Leadership at prestigious Institutions in India and abroad, to include the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies, London, and been a special invitee at international seminars in Russia and Taiwan. A few of his articles on National Security and similar subjects have been published in National Newspapers and Journals in India.