Dilip Sinha

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Dilip Sinha
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Chairman of Manipur Public Service Commission, India
In office
2015 - 2016
Succeeded by Lt Gen Konsam Himalaya Singh
Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in Geneva
In office
2012 - 2014
Vice President of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Geneva
In office
2013 - 2014
Ambassador of India to Greece
In office
2007 - 2010
Personal details
Born (1954-11-08) 8 November 1954 (age 62)
Spouse(s) Shrimi Sinha
Children 2
Alma mater Patna University, Bihar
Profession Civil Servant (Indian Foreign Service)

Dilip Sinha (born 1954) is an Indian diplomat and former public administrator. He served in the Indian Foreign Service from 1978 to 2014 and as Chairman of the Manipur Public Service Commission, India, from 2015 to 2016. Ambassador Sinha is a public speaker on multilateral affairs, Afghanistan-Pakistan-Iran and environmental diplomacy.

As a member of the Indian Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador Sinha served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador to Greece, Special Secretary for International Organisations and Environmental Diplomacy and Joint Secretary and Head of the Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran desk in the Ministry of External Affairs (India). Ambassador Sinha has the distinction of being the first Indian elected as Vice President of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Mr Sinha currently serves on the board of the Asian Development Research Institute Society and The Tribhuvan School.[1]

Indian Foreign Service[edit]

Dilip Sinha is a member of the 1978 batch of the Indian Foreign Service. He served as India's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 2012 to 2014 [2] and as India's Ambassador to Greece from 2007 to 2010.

As part of his multilateral assignments, Sinha represented India in its three-year term on the United Nations Human Rights Council and was the first Indian to be elected as Vice-President of the Human Rights Council Bureau.[3] Sinha was also elected Vice Convener of the South Centre Council of Representatives in Geneva.[4]

Prior to taking up his assignment in Geneva, Sinha served as Special Secretary for International Organizations and Environmental Diplomacy in the Government of India. He was responsible for coordinating India diplomacy at the multilateral level, including its 2011-2012 term on the UN Security Council and on climate change negotiations.

Mr Sinha was Deputy High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh from 2002 to 2004 and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of India in Brazil from 1999 to 2002. Earlier international postings include Counsellor and Minister (Economic) in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Offices in Geneva, First Secretary at the High Commission of India in Pakistan and Second Secretary at the Embassy of India in Egypt and in Germany.

At the Ministry of External Affairs (India), apart from serving as Special Secretary and Additional Secretary from 2010 to 2012, Mr Sinha was Joint Secretary in charge of the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran desk from 2005 to 2007, Deputy Secretary for Press Relations from 1990 to 1991 and Director in the Prime Minister's Office (India) from 1992 to 1995.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Dilip Sinha is married to Shrimi Sinha and has two sons. He speaks English, Hindi and German fluently.

Early life and education[edit]

Dilip Sinha was born in Kanpur, India. He obtained his master's degree in Political Science from Patna University in Patna, Bihar.


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