Harsh Vardhan Shringla took over charge as the Foreign Secretary of India on Wednesday.
Before his present assignment, Shringla was the Indian Ambassador to the USA, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
Shringla, a career diplomat and a member of the Indian Foreign Service since 1984, also served as Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh.
In the course of a diplomatic career spanning over 35 years, he has held a variety of positions in New Delhi and abroad.
He has served Ambassador of India to the United States of America, Kingdom of Thailand and as High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh. He has also served in France (UNESCO); USA (UN, New York); Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City); Israel and South Africa (Durban).
Shringla has served in the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi as Joint Secretary (Director General) responsible for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives.