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Ambassador Sibi George

Sibi George joined as Ambassador of India to Switzerland in November 2017. 

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 ElhitaThampuran and Ayilya Thampuran and a son Jeff VakhanThampuran.