1993 batch IFS officer Sri Sibi George will be the new Indian Ambassador to Kuwait, Indian newspaper The Hindu reported. Mr Sibi George is currently the Ambassador of India to Switzerland.
Government of India has appointed T.S. Tirumurti as the next Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations and announced the new ambassadors to various countries including Deepak Mittal as India’s next Ambassador to Qatar, while Piyush Srivastava goes to Bahrain in the same capacity, as per an official release of Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) issued on Wednesday.
“The Hindu” reported that Mr Sibi George will be appointed as the New Ambassador to Kuwait. Sibi George joined as Ambassador of India to Switzerland in November 2017, Ambassador of India to the Holy See in December 2017 and Ambassador of India to the Principality of Liechtenstein in March 2018.
Ambassador George joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1993. He began his diplomatic career in Cairo where he served in the Mission as Political Officer. Subsequently he moved to Indian Embassy in Doha where he handled Consular, Community, Information and Media affairs as First Secretary. Later he served as Political Counsellor in Indian High Commission in Islamabad and as Political Counsellor and Commercial Counsellor at Indian Embassy in Washington DC. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Indian Missions in Tehran and Riyadh.
At headquarters of Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, he served in East Asia Division and also as coordinator of India – Africa Forum Summit. He later headed Administration, Establishment and Welfare Divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs. In 2014, Ministry of External Affairs conferred on him the S.K. Singh Award for Excellence in Indian Foreign Service.
Hailing from Kottayam District in the southern state of Kerala in India, he belongs to Podimattam family of Pala. A gold medallist both for his graduation and post-graduation, he also holds diploma in Arabic Language.
He is married to Joice John Pampoorethu, an artist by profession. They have two daughters Elhita Thampuran and Ayilya Thampuran and a son Jeff VakhanThampuran.0