Sujata Singh,a 1976-batch IFS officer,will take charge as the new Foreign Secretary on Thursday,replacing Ranjan Mathai who retired on Wednesday. She is the third woman to occupy the post.
Singh had joined the Foreign Secretarys office as Officer on Special Duty mid-July for smooth transition. In fact,she participated in the official meetings during US Vice-President Joe Bidens visit.
Singh comes with a wealth of experience.
She served as Ambassador to Germany (2012-2013) and High Commissioner to Australia (2007-2012). She started her overseas assignments as Second Secretary in the Embassy of India,Bonn (1978-82). She was First Secretary,High Commission of India,Accra (1985-89),Counsellor,Embassy of India,Paris (1989-92),Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to ESCAP at Embassy of India,Bangkok (1997-2000) and Consul General,Milan (2000-04).