Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti

Former Permanent Representative of India, United Nations

Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti is a career Indian diplomat with a career spanning 37 years. Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1985, he has represented India’s interests in various capacities. He served as Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations in New York between 2020-2022. He was President of the UN Security Council for August 2021 and Chair of Taliban Sanctions Committee and also Counter-terrorism Committee of the Security Council. Prior to this, he was the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs handling the Economic Relations portfolio between 2018-2020, which included, inter alia, India’s development partnership, Gulf and the Arab World and Africa.

Ambassador Tirumurti has previously served at the Indian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, where he got his diploma in Arabic language. He was First Secretary at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also the first Indian Representative to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza. Later, he served as Counsellor at the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA and Deputy Chief of Mission in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was India’s High Commissioner to Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur between 2013-2018.

Ambassador Tirumurti served as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives) and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social) during his stints at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. He has also been India’s negotiator in Climate Change and Environment related issues for several years.

Ambassador Tirumurti has degrees in Commerce and in Law. He is also the author of three books.