HE Navtej Sarna

Ambassador of India

Born: December 2, 1957

Ambassador Sarna took charge as Ambassador of India to the United States on November 5, 2016

Professional experience:

Member of the Indian Foreign Service since 1980.

Jan 2016 Oct 2016 : High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom
Sep 2014 Jan 2016 : Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs
Dec 2013 Aug 2014 : Special Secretary (Int. Organisations & Pol.), MEA
Aug 2012 Dec 2013 : Additional Secretary (Int. Organisations & Pol.), MEA
Nov 2008 Aug 2012 : Ambassador of India to the State of Israel
Oct 2002 Sep 2008 : Official Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs.
Sep 1998 Jun 2002 : Minister/Counsellor, Embassy of India, Washington DC
May 1997 Aug 1998 : Counsellor, Embassy of India, Tehran
Jan 1994 Mar 1997 : Counsellor, Permanent Mission of India to the UN, Geneva
Apr 1993 Jan 1994 : Deputy Secretary (UN), Ministry of External Affairs.
Apr 1992 Apr 1993 : Deputy Chief of Protocol, Ministry of External Affairs.
Jul 1989 Apr 1992 : First Secretary, Embassy of India, Thimphu
Oct 1985 Jun 1989 : Second Secretary/ First Secretary, Embassy of India, Warsaw
Oct 1983 Sep 1985 : Officer on Special Duty(PR), Ministry of External Affairs.
Sep 1982 Oct 1983 : Third Secretary, Embassy of India, Moscow
Sep 1980 Sep 1982 : Indian Foreign Service Probationer, MEA.

Publications:

  1. Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life – Harper Collins 2015
    2. Indians at Herod’s Gate: A Jerusalem Tale – (Rupa Rainlight) 2014
    3. “Savage Harvest” – (Trans.) Short Stories (Rupa) 2013
    4. “Winter Evenings” – Short Stories (Rupa Rainlight) 2012
    5. “Zafarnama” (Trans.) – Penguin India (Viking) 2011
    6. “The Exile” – novel, Penguin India (Viking) 2008
    7. “We Weren’t Lovers Like That” – novel, Penguin India, 2003
    8. “The Book of Nanak”, Penguin India, 2003
    9. “Folk Tales of Poland” Sterling, 1991
    10. Regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement (UK) and several Indian journals

Education:

Bachelor of Commerce; Bachelor of Law, Delhi University

Diploma in Journalism

Speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi; Knowledge of Russian and Polish

Married to Dr. Avina Sarna; one son and one daughter

November 20, 2018 at the The Hay-Adams Hotel