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Bioprofile of Mr Vikram K Doraiswami
Mr Vikram K Doraiswami, 45, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1992. Prior to joining the Indian Government, he worked for one year as a journalist. He took a Masters' Degree in History from the University of Delhi.
After his in-service training in New Delhi from 1992-1993, Mr Doraiswami was posted to the Commission of India in Hong Kong in May 1994 as Third Secretary. He learnt Chinese, taking an elective diploma in that language at the New Asia Yale-in-Asia language school of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was posted to the Embassy of India in Beijing in September 1996 where he served for nearly four years.
Upon returning to the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi in 2000, Mr Doraiswami was appointed Deputy Chief of Protocol (Ceremonials). After two years as Deputy Chief of Protocol, Mr Doraiswami was seconded to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2002. He later served as Private Secretary to the Prime Minister of India.
In 2006, Mr Doraiswami was posted to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York as Political Counsellor.
In October 2009, Mr Doraiswami was posted as India's Consul General in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In July 2011, Mr Doraiswami returned to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi, where he was given charge as the Head of the Division for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a post he held upto early October 2012. During this period, he was also Coordinator for the Fourth Summit meeting of BRICS in New Delhi in March 2012.
From October 2012 to October 2014, Mr Doraiswami was Joint Secretary of the Americas Division of the MEA. He joined the Embassy of India in Tashkent at the end of October 2014 as Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan. He arrived in Seoul on 13 April 2015 to take charge as the Ambassador of India to South Korea.
Vikram Doraiswami's interests include reading, sports, squash, hiking, travel and Jazz. He speaks, reads and writes in Chinese, and speaks limited French and Urdu. His wife Sangeeta is a trained primary school teacher with 15 years’ career experience and a Masters’ Degree in Psychology from Bangalore University. They have a fifteen-year old son.