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Change of Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Turkmenistan

Mr Sanjay Wadvani OBE has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Turkmenistan.

He will succeed Mr Keith Allan, who has transferred to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Wadvani will take up his appointment during November 2013.

Mr Wadvani joined the FCO in 1987 and has recently completed four years as British Deputy High Commissioner in Eastern India.

His career spans several overseas postings, in China, India, the Middle East and South America, where he has developed a strong background across the key services delivered by British diplomatic posts, particularly in the field of trade and investment.

Prior to his posting in India, he headed the team charged with implementing part of the UK’s strategic engagement with China, working across a range of global and multilateral issues.

On his appointment as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Mr Wadvani has said:

I am delighted to be appointed as British Ambassador to Turkmenistan and privileged to have the opportunity to develop the UK’s political and economic relations with Turkmenistan. I am looking forward to working with our partners on a number of bilateral and regional issues of importance to both our countries.

Curriculum vitae

Personal details  
Full name: Sanjay Mark Wadvani OBE
Married to: Rochelle Selwyn
Period Post
Jul 2009 – Aug 2013 Kolkata, Deputy High Commissioner (Eastern India)
May 2006 – May 2009 FCO, Team Leader, East Asia Regional Team, Far Eastern Group
May 2002 – Dec 2005 Guangzhou, Deputy Consul General and Head of Trade & Investment
Oct 1998 – Mar 2002 Santiago, Second Secretary (Commercial)
Feb 1995 – Apr 1998 FCO, Resource Management Officer for Africa & Commonwealth Command
Aug 1991 – Nov 1994 Damascus, Vice Consul & Entry Clearance Officer, later Management Officer, later Third Secretary (Political/Information)
Jan 1989 – Apr 1991 Beijing, Registry Officer
Jul 1987 – Oct 1988 FCO, Registry Officer, Hong Kong Department
Jul 1987 Joined FCO

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