Ambassador Kishan S. Rana was educated at St Stephens College, Delhi University and holds a BA (Honors) and an MA in Economics (First Division). He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1960, retiring in 1995. He served as ambassador to Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany; Joint Secretary, in Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s Office (1981–1982); and head of personnel administration in the Ministry of External Affairs. Foreign languages: Chinese and French.

In 1999, following a chance encounter, Amb. Rana joined the e-learning teaching faculty of DiploFoundation and was named Professor Emeritus by Diplo in 2010. In 1999, he published his first book, Inside Diplomacy, a critical examination of how the Indian diplomatic system should be improved. That book prompted a major reform initiative and was followed by: Managing Corporate Culture (co-author, 2000); Bilateral Diplomacy (2002); The 21st Century Ambassador (2004); Asian Diplomacy (2007); Foreign Ministries (co-editor, 2007); Economic Diplomacy (co-editor, 2011); and Diplomacy of the Twenty-first Century (2011). Currently working on two books, he has published 50 articles on current affairs in academic journals.

Amb. Rana served as a Commonwealth Adviser to the Namibia Foreign Ministry for six months, (2000–2001). Other posts: Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi; Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, 2005; Distinguished Fellow, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur.

He is a regular guest lecturer at the China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing; Foreign Service Institute, Nairobi; economic diplomacy program at the London School of Economics. He joined the guest faculty of the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna in 2011 and has conducted training programmes at Bangladesh, Bahrain, Iran, Kenya, Namibia, the Netherlands, Oman, Russia, Switzerland, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago. Amb. Rana has produced distance learning programmes for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in a self-learning format; subsequently, the British Foreign Office adapted one of these.