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Sudhakar Dalela

Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Ambassador Sudhakar Dalela joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1993. He began his diplomatic career in Tel Aviv, Israel. He has since served in Indian Missions in Brasilia, Chicago, Geneva, Dhaka, Washington D.C.

Ambassador Dalela has served in critical roles in New Delhi, including Director in the Prime Minister’s Office (2009-2011), focusing on India's engagement with its South Asian neighbors, East Asia, and countries in the Indo-Pacific region, Gulf, Middle East, Africa.

Having served as Director North (2006-2007) and subsequently as Joint Secretary (North) in the Ministry of External Affairs (2016-2019), overseeing India’s relations with Bhutan and Nepal, and also as the Counsellor at the High Commission of India in Dhaka (2007-2009), he comes with extensive experience and an understanding of India's engagement in the neighborhood.

He brings a wealth of experience in trade and economic policy to his role, having served in the Department of Commerce in New Delhi as Director (Trade Policy) and twice at the Permanent Mission of India to the WTO, including as India's Deputy Permanent Representative from 2014-2016.

Ambassador Dalela has served in the United States in different capacities: as India’s Consul General in Chicago; as Minister for Political Affairs, and most recently as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C. from 2020-2022.

Sudhakar Dalela assumed the office of Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bhutan on 11 August, 2022.

Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Dalela earned a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering. He is married to Namrata, who is a textile conservator, and they have a daughter, Aditi, and son, Anant.

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