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Bio Profile of Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy

Ambassador Sujan R. Chinoy assumed the post of Ambassador of India to Mexico on 5 August 2012.  He began his diplomatic career in 1981. He has a BA (Hons.) degree in English Literature and Psychology, and an MBA degree in Marketing. He speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin). He is also conversant in French, German, Japanese, Arabic and Creole.

Ambassador Chinoy has specialised on China and the Asia Pacific region. Apart from serving in the Indian Missions in Hong Kong and Beijing in the 1980s, he was the Consul General of India in Shanghai between 2000-2005 and more recently, the Consul General of India in Sydney from 2006-2008. His other overseas assignments were in the Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia and at the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York.

At Headquarters, Ambassador Chinoy has held posts as the Desk Officer dealing with the US and Canada in the Americas Division and as Director (China) in the East Asia Division of the Ministry of External Affairs. Ambassador Chinoy also headed the Indian delegation for four years in the India-China Expert Group of Diplomatic & Military Officials dealing with the maintenance of peace and tranquillity and promoting confidence building measures along the Line of Actual Control in the India-China border areas.

Ambassador Chinoy has also worked extensively on India’s external trade and economic engagement. He contributed the chapter on “Economic Diplomacy in China and Down Under” in the book “Economic Diplomacy: India’s Experience” (published by CUTS International, January 2011). He also contributes articles to mainstream Indian newspapers and magazines on diverse subjects.

Before assuming the post of Ambassador of India to Mexico, Ambassador Chinoy was Additional Secretary in the National Security Council Secretariat in the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi where he dealt with strategic policy and national security issues including with regard to India’s neighbourhood.

He has lectured widely on strategic, defence and economic issues at various institutions and think-tanks in India and overseas.

His hobbies include horse-riding, swimming, tennis, cricket and golf. He is fond of reading and travelling. He is married to Vidya (a Spanish-language expert) and they have two children, Kavita and Amar.