Pranay Kumar Verma, presently ambassador of India to Vietnam, has been appointed as the country's next high commissioner to Bangladesh.
He will replace Vikram Doraiswami, who is expected to take over as his country’s envoy to the UK, the Indian government said in a statement on Friday.
Verma is expected to take up the assignment shortly.
Verma joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994 and held diplomatic assignments in Hong Kong, San Francisco, Beijing, Kathmandu and Washington, DC.
Before arriving in Hanoi, Ambassador Verma had served as the joint secretary of the East Asia Division at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi since June 2017. Earlier, he had also served as the joint secretary for external relations at the Department of Atomic Energy, looking after India’s nuclear diplomacy.
Verma has a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Before joining the Indian Foreign Service, he started his professional career at India’s steel manufacturing company, Tata Steel.
He also holds a master’s degree in Chinese language from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, California, US.