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Ambassador Tanmaya Lal, 55 years of age, has served as an Indian diplomat for nearly 3 decades. His previous two assignments were as High Commissioner to Mauritius (2019-2020) and as Ambassador / Deputy Permanent Representative of India to UN Permanent Mission of India, New York from 2016-2018.

During his tenure in Mauritius, three high profile India-assisted development projects - Metro Express, ENT Hospital and Supreme Court building - were jointly e-inaugurated at Prime Ministerial level. Work is ongoing on a range of other large infrastructure projects. Coordination of assistance during Covid19 pandemic, MV Wakashio oil spill and repatriation of stranded Indians was also organized. There were three visits by PM of Mauritius to India during this phase.

His work experience includes India’s engagement in its extended neighbourhood (Mauritius, Iran, Southeast Asia and East & Southern Africa) and west Europe as also regional groupings (EU, ASEAN, AU, BIMSTEC, IORA and IOC). As the Head of the East & Southern Africa (E&SA) Division, his portfolio included work relating to the AU and 20 African countries as also the 2015 Third India-Africa Forum Summit that saw an unprecedented scale of participation. In Mauritius he engaged with the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and Indian Ocean Commission (IOC).

He has also worked extensively on multilateral aspects of India’s engagement as the Head of the UN Economic & Social (UNES) Division at headquarters and earlier at the Indian Missions in Vienna, Nairobi and Bangkok. His portfolio at the headquarters included the Climate Change negotiations at the UNFCCC, Agenda 2030, Human Rights Council, UN agencies, maritime issues, and the Arctic Council among others.

Prior to New York, Ambassador Lal has served in the Indian Missions in Bonn 1993-1996; Tehran 1999-2002; Vienna (also accredited to Slovenia) 2002-2005; Bangkok 2007-2010 and Nairobi (also accredited to Somalia and Eritrea) 2010-2013. He served as the Deputy High Commissioner and Deputy Permanent Representative (DPR) in Nairobi and Deputy Chief of Mission and DPR in Bangkok.

Besides heading the E&SA Division (2015-2016) and the UNES Division (2013-2015), he has served as Director (2005-2007) and Under Secretary (1997-99) for the West Europe Division (engagement with EU and 12 west European nations) and as the Regional Passport Officer for Delhi (1996-97).

He received the S. K. Singh Award in 2013 for Excellence in the Indian Foreign Service.

He did his schooling in New Delhi and holds a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master's degree in Biological Sciences from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani.

After graduating in 1987, he worked with two Indian Public Sector Undertakings : the Oil and Natural Gas Commission (ONGC) from 1988-1991 and the Cement Corporation of India (CCI) from 1987-88 before joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1991.

He speaks English, Hindi and German and has some working knowledge of French.

He is married to Sumita Lal and the couple has one son.
December 2020