A 59-year-old India's High Commissioner to UK, Navtej Sarna is the next ambassador to US. He is appointed to a high-profile post to undertake new administration in Washington after the 8th November, 2016 Presidential poll. The diplomat will also ensure to continue in Indo-US relations when a new dispensation takes charge.
Navtej Sarna is an Indian Foreign Service officer of the 1980 batch. He is also one among the longest-serving spokespersons of the Indian External Affairs Ministry (MEA). He had served the post between 2002 and 2008. Sarna had served as additional secretary in-charge of international organizations in the MEA for two years. Earlier, he was also India's Ambassador to Israel from 2008 to 2012. From August 2012 he had served as secretary (west) in the ministry of external affairs before he was posted in London in January. He has also served at various Indian missions including in Moscow, Warsaw, Tehran, Geneva, Thimphu and Washington.
Besides high profile post and a diplomat he had authored many fiction and non-fiction books. The most recent being 'Second Thoughts: On Books, Authors and the Writerly Life' which was released in 2015.