Dr. Vidhu P. Nair took charge as Ambassador of India to Turkmenistan on July 18, 2020.
Dr. Nair joined the Indian Foreign Service, India's diplomatic service in September 2002. He has earlier served in Embassy of India, Berlin, Germany (2004-07) as Second Secretary (Political & Information); Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (2007-10) as Under Secretary/Deputy Secretary in Europe West and East & Southern Africa Divisions; Embassy of India, Kuwait (2010-13) as First Secretary/Charge d' Affairs/Deputy Chief of Mission; Consulate General of India, Hamburg, Germany (2013-15) as Consul General; Consulate General of India, New York, USA (2016-17) as Consul & United Nations and Counter Terrorism Divisions, Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi (2017-20) as Director.
Dr. Nair has extensive experience in diverse areas of diplomacy such as political, commercial, press & media, education, labour, administration, consular and community affairs. During his stint in Kuwait, Dr. Nair was in charge of the Labour Department and its Indian Community Welfare Centre. In Hamburg, under his leadership, an Indian Business Forum comprising Indian origin entrepreneurs was established. In the Ministry headquarters in New Delhi, he was closely involved with India’s engagements in the United Nations including in areas such as UN peacekeeping, Security Council reforms, counter terrorism, sanctions regime as well as other multilateral organisations like Non Aligned Movement, Commonwealth & Financial Action Task Force.
Dr. Nair is a Post-Graduate in Veterinary Science from the Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. He also holds a diploma in Export and Import Management. He is proficient in 4 languages – Malayalam, Hindi, English and German (read, write and speak) – besides having working knowledge of Arabic (read and write). His hobbies include travel, sports/games, music (Indian & Western) etc.
He is married to Mrs. Neeraja G. Nair, who is a Museologist and Art Conservator.