Dr. Rao is the Director of the WIPO Coordination Office in New York. He has been WIPO’s representative since 1998 at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Dr. Rao worked with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of India for nearly 25 years and became its Chief Legal Adviser. He was also the Legal Adviser at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York from 1995-1998. Earlier, he was a full time professor at the Advanced Legal Studies Department of the University of Madras from 1977 to 1982 and lectured at several universities in USA since the 1990s. He was also a visiting faculty member at the Indian Academy for Diplomacy and International Law, Indian Foreign Service Institute, Executive Member of the Indian Society of International Law, Member of the Editorial Board of Indian Journal of International Law and the Indian Year Book of International Affairs, and an active member of the International Law Association in India Branch. He is enrolled as a member of the bar at the Delhi High Court, and has several publications.
Dr. Rao holds the following degrees: B.SC., LL.B., LL.M. (Andhra University, Waltair); M.Phil, Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi).