Latha Reddy is a distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation where she focuses on cybersecurity, internet governance, national security, and international cyber cooperation. She is also a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG).
Latha is the former Deputy National Security Adviser of India. In addition to assisting National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, Reddy was responsible for cybersecurity and other critical internal and external security issues.
Latha has extensive experience in foreign policy as well as in bilateral, regional and multilateral negotiations. In addition, she has expertise on security and strategic issues and has worked on strategic technology policies, particularly on cyber issues relating to cyber security policy, international cyber cooperation and Internet governance.
Latha served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1975-2011. During her diplomatic career she served in Lisbon, Washington D.C., Kathmandu, Brasilia, Durban, Vienna and Bangkok. She served as Ambassador of India to Portugal (2004-2006) and to Thailand (2007-2009). She was Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi (2010-2011) with overall charge of India’s bilateral and regional relations with Asia. She was then appointed as India’s Deputy National Security Advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office from 2011-2013.
Latha also sits as a distinguished Fellow at the East West Institute, as Director of the Deccan Heritage Foundation, and as Director of the board of Janalakshmi Financial Services in Bangalore.
Latha's other interests include travel, literature and the performing arts. She speaks English, Portuguese, French and several Indian languages including Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.