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Mr Pratap M Heblikar

Former Special Secretary, Govt of India
Emeritus Resource Faculty, School of International Cooperation, Security and Strategic Languages (SICSSL)


Pratap M Heblikar is Managing Trustee, Institute of Contemporary Studies Bangalore, a not for profit think tank specializing in security and strategic affairs; Life Member, United Service Institution (USI), New Delhi; and Director on the Board, Asian Dialogue Society, Singapore.Previously, he retired as Special Secretary, Government of India after over 38 years of service. Mr. Heblikar was a Visiting Professor, Department of Geopolitics and International Relations, Manipal University (Karnataka); Adjunct Faculty, International Security and Strategic Studies Program, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore and was also associated with Christ University, Bangalore and St. Josephs College, Bangalore in developing a new approach to study of contemporary developments. He was decorated by the Government of India for Distinguished and Meritorious Service respectively during his career. During his government service, he specialized in insurgency and counter-insurgency developments in India’s northeast region. Mr. Heblikar has held several important and sensitive posts in the central government dealing with external security related issues.

Mr. Heblikar is also a Certified Information Security Practitioner from the International Institute of Security and Safety Management, New Delhi. He is one of the founding members of Maxgrid Securicor, a high end next generation security consultancy company established in Bangalore to help bring new synergies to the world of private security and protection and expand India’s strategic footprints overseas. Mr. Heblikar was also member, Asia Centre, Bangalore and Board Member, Smart Transformations, Bangalore, an IT company specialising in providing training and offers solutions for Cyber Security, Block Chain Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Machine Learning. Following his retirement from government service, he has been writing for security and defense related journals and for leading newspapers and magazines regularly besides participating in seminars and workshops, both in India and overseas. Among his many speaking commitments, he has delivered lectures at the National Defense University, Command and Staff College, Prospect Foundation, Taiwan and National University of Singapore and Nangyang Technological University, Singapore.