Riva Ganguly Das joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986. She has served in Spain, Bangladesh and the Netherlands. She was in Headquarters from 1989 to
1998 and later from 2001 to 2004. She has served as US (XP) & (Nepal), DS (PV) and Director (UNES). She has also worked as Passport Officer, Jaipur. She served as the Consul General of India, Shanghai during 2008-12.