Ms. Shamma Jain Appointed New Ambassador of India to Greece

H.E. Ambassador Shamma Jain presented her Letter of Credence to the Hon’ble President of the Hellenic Republic H.E. Mr Prokopios Pavlopoulos at Presidential Palace on February 12, 2018. 

Senior diplomat Ms. Shamma Jain (ISF 1983) presently Ambassador of India to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Greece.

Ms Shamma Jain succeeds Ms. Murugesan Manimekalai (ISF 1981) as Indian envoy in Greece and is the second woman to serve in this post. “She is expected to take up the assignment shortly,” the External Affairs Ministry of India said in its announcement dated June 29, 2017.

Ambassador Shamma Jain, a career diplomat, assumed her charge in Panama on May 29, 2014. She earlier served as Indian Ambassador to Cote Ivoire, with concurrent accreditation to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from 2008 to 2011.

Ambassador Jain’s last assignment was as Joint Secretary in the Policy Planning and Counter-Terrorism Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, Delhi, followed by a stint at the Indian Council of World Affairs, Delhi, one of the oldest think-tanks in India, declared as œan institution of national importance by the Parliament of India.  She has also worked as Director in the Division of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) at the Ministry.

She has served in the Indian Missions in different capacities, including as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Italy, Minister in the Philippines, and Political Counsellor in Washington D.C. She has also held diplomatic assignments in Turkey, at the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, Paris, and in Argentina.

She holds double master degrees in International Politics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) by the President of Liberia, Nobel Laureate, Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, for her contribution to the promotion of India-Liberia relations.

Sources: 1. Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. 2. Embassy of India in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.