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Mridul Kumar, Indian Foreign Service (1992)
Curriculum Vitae

A career diplomat belonging to 1992-batch of Indian Foreign Service, MridulKumar is currently serving as Ambassador of India to Switzerland since 19 June2023. Prior to this, he served as Additional Secretary in charge of European affairsin the Ministry of External Affairs.

He previously served as India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia from February2018 to July 2021 and Consul General in Cape Town, South Africa from June2009 to June 2012.

He has varied experience of diplomatic assignments, having worked in IndianMissions in Egypt (1994-1996), Morocco (1996-1999) and the UK (2002-2005).At Headquarters, he worked in the UN and Europe West Divisions and served asthe Deputy Chief of Protocol and then as the Chef de cabinet in the office of MOSfor External Affairs and Information & Broadcasting.

Kumar was Joint Secretary in the Ministry in charge of Coordination, Parliamentand VIP Division (November 2012-May 2013) and then headed the Gulf & HajjDivision (May 2013- February 2018). He was the coordinator for the annual Hajjpilgrimage in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He also coordinated the evacuation of Indiannationals from Iraq (2014) and Yemen (2015) during war times. He furtherhandled two major international conferences as the Chief Coordinator- the 16thWorld Sanskrit Conference in Bangkok (28 June- 2 July 2015) and the 10th WorldHindi Conference, Bhopal (10-12 September 2015).

He did his schooling from Delhi and subsequently graduated from Delhi Collegeof Engineering in 1990 in Electronics and Communications. He attended aManagement programme from IIM, Bangalore and another course on Leadershipand Management from Judge Business School, Cambridge University, the UK(2013). He received a diploma in Foreign Service Program (2000-2001) fromBalliol College, Oxford University.

Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he briefly worked as probationary officer inthe Indian Railways (Signals and Telecommunication) in 1992.

He speaks Hindi, English and Arabic. His hobbies include trekking (led a group ofpilgrims to Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra in 2009), cricket, painting, cookery andmusic. He is married to late Mrs. Sumita Goyal and they have two daughters (25and 23 years old).

20 June 2023