Mr. Chakravarthi V. Narasimhan of India, became the second Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Asia and the Far East (ECAFE) from 1956 to 1959.
Mr. Narasimhan entered the Indian Civil Service in 1936. After 13 years of service with the Provincial Government of Madras, he joined the Government of India in 1950, and until his appointment to the post of Executive Secretary of ECAFE, he held several important posts in the Indian Ministries of Agriculture and Finance. At the time of his appointment to ECAFE in 1956, he was serving as Joint Secretary in the Economic Affairs Department of the Ministry of Finance.
From January 1959 to March 1961, Mr. Narasimhan was Under-Secretary for Special Political Affairs. Part of this period, he also served concurrently as Associate Managing Director of the United Nations Special Fund (now merged with UNDP).
He was appointed to the post of Chef de Cabinet of the United Nations Secretary-General by the late Dag Hammarskjold in 1961 and continued in that capacity under two more Secretary-Generals, U Thant and Kurt Waldheim, until 15 September 1973.
In addition to heading the Executive Office of the Secretary-Generals, Mr. Narasimhan took over the responsibility for General Assembly Affairs in March 1962. On 1 August 1969, he became deputy Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He became Under-Secretary-General for Inter-agency Affairs and Coordination at United Nations in October 1973.
Mr. Narasimhan was educated at Madras University, India, and at Oxford University, the United Kingdom.
Recipient of U Thant Peace Award and Lifting Up the World with a Oneness-Heart Award from Sri Chinmoy: The Peace Meditation at the United Nations, 1996