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Mr. Santosh Jha

Ambassador Santosh Jha arrived as the Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union on 17 July 2020. Prior to coming to Brussels, he was Ambassador of India in Uzbekistan Since July 2019. Immediately prior to that Ambassador Jha was Deputy Chief at the Indian Mission in Washington DC with a personal rank of Ambassador.

Earlier, Ambassador Jha had the distinction of serving as the Deputy Chief in the Indian Mission in Brussels from 2010 to 2013. During this period, he was involved closely in negotiations for an India-EU Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA) and also served as Charge d' Affaires from January to September 2012.

In addition, Ambassador Jha has served in different capacities in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in New Delhi and in India's Mission abroad, including in Moscow, Vladivostok, New York, and Colombo. In Vladivostok, he was Consul General of India during 1998-2000. In Colombo, he was closely associated with the negotiations for an India-Sri-Lanka Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). He also helped erect the architecture for development cooperation between India and Sri Lanka, following the end of civil conflict in that country in 2009.

Between 2004-2007, serving in the Americas Division in the MEA, Ambassador Jha was a member of the negotiating team for the India-US nuclear agreement and was closely associated with the development of India-US relations in the field of space, defence and high technology.

Between 2013 and 2017, Ambassador Jha held different positions, heading MEA's Divisions for relationships with Western Europe, Human Resources and Management Affairs. Subsequently, in April 2015, he was assigned the task of rebuilding India's Policy Planning Division into an institution capable of responding to India's growing global engagements. In this capacity he established a number of bilateral, regional and global dialogues such as Raisina Dialogue, engaged with India's key partners on policy planning and strategy and started several Track 1.5 bilateral, trilateral and multilateral dialogue mechanisms. During this period, he also headed the Counter Terrorism and Cyber Security Divisions of MEA. In 2016-17, he represented India at the meeting of UN Group of Governmental Experts (UNGGE) on Development in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the context of International Security.

Ambassador Jha holds a Master's Degree in History from the University of Delhi. He speaks English and Indian languages. He is married and has a daughter and a son.

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