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Shri Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East)

Shri Saurabh Kumar, Secretary (East)Mr. Saurabh Kumar is a career diplomat and served as Ambassador of India to Myanmar (2019-21) and Iran (2015-18), before taking up his current assignment as Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs on 1 January 2021.

2. In New Delhi he handled China related work in different capacities- as Under Secretary (1993-95) and as Director (2004-7), and that related to Pakistan (1995-97). He was Joint Secretary (Counter Terrorism and Policy Planning) and Joint Secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat between 2012-15. Abroad, he served in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Fiji Islands in different capacities, and was the Deputy Chief of Mission in China (2007-8) and Italy (2008 -12).

3. Saurabh Kumar joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1989, and learnt the Chinese language in Hong Kong.

4. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. He is married to Smriti Srivastav, an educator; they have two daughters.