Shri Vivek Rae joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1978 and served as Deputy Commissioner in the state of Arunachal Pradesh from 1985 to 1988 before being posted at the Prime Minister's Office in 1989. From 1991 to 1995, Shri Rae was Assistant Resident Representative with the United National Development Programme, New Delhi before proceeding to the State of Goa as Commissioner and Secretary (Finance and Planning). In 1999 he returned to National Capital Territory of Delhi where he served as Secretary (Planning) until 2001. Shri Rae subsequently joined as Joint Secretary (Plan Finance) in the Ministry of Finance, Government of India and served there from 2002 to 2006. From 2008 to 2010, Shri Rae was appointed as Chief Secretary of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and thereafter as Director General (Acquisition) in the Ministry of Defence until 2012. Shri Rae was briefly posted as Secretary, M/O Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and subsequently as Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas in 2013. Shri Rae, who superannuated in February, 2014, has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi and Masters Degree in Economics and Politics from New College, University of Oxford. During his career Shri Rae has acquired wide ranging experience cutting across social and economic sectors, including planning, finance, energy and security issues.