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Shri Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV & OIA)

Shri Sanjay Bhattacharyya, Secretary (CPV & OIA)Sanjay Bhattacharyya assumed the office of Secretary (CPV&OIA) in 2020. He is responsible for passport services, consular relations and diaspora affairs, he oversees our relations with the Arab world, is Sherpa to BRICS and representative to Jal Jeevan Mission.

Earlier he served as Ambassador of India to Turkey (2018-2020) and Ambassador of India to Egypt (2015-2018). As Joint Secretary (South) (2012-2015) he was responsible for crafting our Act East Policy. He has also served as Deputy/Acting High Commissioner in Dhaka (2010-12) and was involved in the conclusion of the historic land boundary agreement; DCM in Tokyo (2007-2010), which saw the elevation of our ties to comprehensive strategic partnership; and DCM in Beijing during which he oversaw our boundary and bilateral relations with China. Earlier he worked in Brussels (1998-2001), Beijing (1992-95) and Hong Kong (1989-92), besides Headquarters in East Asia, External Publicity, Americas and Finance Divisions.

He contributed a chapter "India and China: New Directions” in Indian Foreign Policy – Challenges and Opportunities (2007) and "India and Egypt: New Partnership in the New Era” in Asian Perspectives (2017).

He was born in New Delhi in 1962. He studied Economics at St. Stephens College, University of Delhi and at Delhi School of Economics. He learnt Chinese at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His wife Ranu is a teacher, author and storyteller. They have one son and one daughter.