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Mr. Santosh Jha, Ambassador of India to Tashkent

Mr. Santosh Jha, Ambassador of India to Tashkent

Mr. Santosh Jha


Joined Foreign Service6 September 1993
Date of Birth18 December 1966
Educational QualificationMaster’s Degree in History from Delhi University  
Personal InformationMarried to Mrs. Tanuja Jha and has a daughter and a son
Foreign LanguageRussian

Earlier Positions :

1995-1998MoscowSecond Secretary (Political)
1998-2000VladivostokConsul General of India
2001-March 2004New YorkConsul for Press & Consular Affairs in Indian Consulate
April 2004-June 2007New DelhiDeputy Secretary/Director in the Americas Division in Ministry of External Affairs.  Was part of the negotiating team for the India-US nuclear deal and dealt with nuclear, space, defence and high-technology cooperation.
July 2007-July 2010ColomboCounsellor at the Indian High Commission, incharge of Commercial, Economic and Development Cooperation.  Was part of the delegation for negotiations for a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and helped erect the architecture for development cooperation between India and Sri Lanka following the end of civil conflict in that country.
August 2010-May 2013Belgium, Luxembourg, EUDeputy Chief of Mission.  During this period, served as Charge d’Affaires from January-September 2012.  Was closely associated with building cooperation with EU in Counter Terrorism, Cyber Security and other security related spheres.  Was closely involved with the negotiations for an India-EU Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA).
June 2013-September 2014New DelhiJoint Secretary heading the HR & Management Affairs in the Ministry of External Affairs.
October 2014-April 2015New DelhiHead of the Division in Ministry of External Affairs dealing with relations with Western European countries.
April 2015-June 2017New DelhiAppointed Head of the Policy Planning Division of the Ministry of External Affairs with a mandate to rebuild it into an institution required in the context of India’s growing global engagement.  A number of bilateral, regional and global dialogues such as the Raisina Dialogue, The Gateway of India Dialogue, and several track 1.5 bilateral and trilateral dialogue mechanisms were established during this period.
July 2017-June 2019Washington DCDeputy Chief of Mission with the rank of an Ambassador in the Indian Mission in Washington DC.
Assumed charge of AmbassadorTashkent25 July 2019
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