This article provides a comprehensive list of Indian ambassadors to foreign countries, as well as the latest updates on their appointments. The names of individuals who serve as representatives of Indian embassies overseas are crucial for general knowledge and various competitive and government examinations. It is important to have a good understanding of these details in standard English.
About High commissioners and Ambassadors
▪ High commissioners represent India’s diplomatic missions in member states of the Commonwealth of Nations
▪ Ambassadors represent diplomatic missions in other states except for the Commonwealth countries.
▪ The head of a diplomatic mission to an international organization is called a permanent representative.
Commonwealth of Nations
▪ The Commonwealth of Nations is a political association of 54 member states, almost all of which are former territories of the British Empire.
✅ Why do we need ambassadors? ☛ An ambassador is an official envoy and a top diplomat who represents a country and is typically assigned to another sovereign nation or international group. ☛ Ambassadors hold the highest position in representing the President to a specific foreign country or international body. ☛ Their main responsibilities include advocating for their nation's interests, overseeing an embassy, aligning the efforts of other U.S. agencies in the foreign country, and informing their home government about political and economic changes in the host country. ☛ Ambassadors may travel to multiple nations to enhance relationships or handle diplomatic tasks. In certain cases, their government might assign them to conflict-affected countries for special and temporary diplomatic missions.
Recent News about Ambassadors to India and other countries
▪ Recently, Egypt has restored full diplomatic ties with Turkiye by appointing its ambassador
for the first time in 10 years.
▪ USA has appointed Eric Garcetti as its new ambassador to India.
▪ Ambassador Rabab Fatima, Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations has been appointed as the Under Secretary General of the United Nations.
Recent News about Indian Ambassadors to Foreign Countries
▪ Jane Marriott has been appointed as the first female High Commissioner to Pakistan by the United Kingdom (Britain) in a recent development.
▪ Nilakshi Saha Sinha has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to the Republic of Armenia.
▪ M. Sridharan has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Republic of Azerbaijan.
▪ Sibi George has been appointed as the Indian ambassador to the Republic of Marshall Islands.
▪ Vijay Shekhar Sharma has been made the ambassador of the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG).
▪ Music Maestro, AR Rahman has been appointed as ambassador of the Indo-UK culture platform, Season of Culture.
▪ Sachin Tendulkar will continue as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) ‘Goodwill Ambassador’ for a record 20th year, working for the welfare of underprivileged children.
▪ Ruchira Kamboj is the current Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations. She has previously served as the High Commissioner of India to South Africa. She was the first female Indian Ambassador to Bhutan.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
▪ UNICEF has appointed 25-year-old Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate as a Goodwill Ambassador.
▪ He has been recognized by UNICEF for his outstanding global support for climate justice for current and future generations.
▪ Millie Bobby Brown was UNICEF’s youngest Goodwill Ambassador (appointed in 2018).
Indian Ambassadors and High Commissioners to Foreign Countries 2023
|SL.No||Country / Organisation||Person|
|1||Armenia||Nilakshi Saha Sinha|
|3||Republic of Marshall Islands||Sibi George|
|4||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||Prashant Agarwal|
|5||Uganda||Upender Singh Rawat|
|10||Somalia||Namgya C Khampa|
|11||Syria||Dr Irshad Ahmad|
Indian ambassadors and high commissioners to foreign countries (Appointed in 2022)
|SL.No||Country / Organisation||Person|
|3.||Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations.||Ruchira Kamboj|
|5.||Bangladesh||Pranay Kumar Verma|
|6.||United Kingdom||Vikram Doraiswami|
|8.||Kenya||Namgya C. Khampa|
|13.||United Kingdom||Vikram Doraiswami|
|14.||South Korea||Amit Kumar|
|15.||Cote d’Ivoire||Rajesh Ranjan|
|16.||Bosnia and Herzegovina||Partha Satpathy|
|17.||Slovak Republic||Apoorva Srivastava|
|20.||Republic of Colombia||Shri Vanlalhuma|
|21.||Seychelles||Shri Kartik Pande|
|22.||Republic of Malta||Ms. Gloria Gangte|
|23.||Republic of Senegal||Shri Dinkar Asthana|
|24.||New Zealand||Neeta Bhushan|
Indian ambassadors and high commissioners to foreign countries (Appointed in 2021)
|2.||Belarus||Alok Ranjan Jha|
|6.||Egypt||Ajit Vinayak Gupte|
|7.||Fiji||P. S. Karthigeyan|
|12.||Liberia||Pradip Kumar Yadav|
|13.||Malaysia||B. Nagabhushana Reddy|
|16.||Poland||Nagma Mohammad Mallick|
|18.||Tanzania||Binaya Shrikanta Praadhaan|
|20.||First Muslim to be nominated by Joe Biden as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom||Rashad Hussain|
Indian ambassadors to foreign countries (Appointed in 2020)
|8.||Cambodia||Devyani Uttam Khobragade|
|10.||DR Congo||Ram Karan Verma|
|17.||Nepal||Vinay Mohan Kwarta|
|18.||Philippines||Shambhu S. Kumaran|
Permanent representatives to International organizations
▪ The current Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations is Ruchira Kamboj, who took charge of the post on August 1, 2022.
▪ Recently, the Government of India has extended the tenure of Brajendra Navnit as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of India to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
|SL. No||Host organization||Location||Permanent Representatives|
|1.||United Nations||New York City||Ruchira Kamboj|
|2.||UNESCO||Paris||Vishal V. Sharma|
|3.||World Trade Organization||Geneva||Brajendra Navneet|
|4.||Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)||Jakarta||Jayant N. Khobragade|
|5.||African Union||Addis Ababa||Robert Shetkintong|
|6.||International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)||Vienna||Malina Paul|
|7.||Conference on Disarmament||Geneva||Shamim Aktar|
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