Harsh Vardhan Shringla has been named as the Ambassador of India to the United States of America on Thursday.
Shringla, a 1984-batch Indian Foreign Service diplomat will succeed Navtej Sarna. “He is expected to take up the assignment shortly,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in its statement.
He is presently High Commissioner to Bangladesh. Before his assignment in Bangladesh, he served as Ambassador of India to Thailand. He has also served at Unesco in France, at the UN in New York, besides serving in various capacities in Vietnam, Israel and South Africa.
Shringla has served in the Ministry headquarters in New Delhi as Joint Secretary (Director General) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives.
He has also headed the UN Political and South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (Saarc) divisions in the Ministry.
Earlier, he served as Director of the Northern Division dealing with Nepal and Bhutan and as Deputy Secretary of the Europe West Division.
It may be noted that Riva Ganguly Das, 1986 batch IFS, who is presently Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations will take over as the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh.