Sanjiv Arora IFS (1984) presently Ambassador in Lebanon, has been appointed as Secretary -Consular, Passport, Visa & Overseas Indian Affairs (CPV&OIA). He will replace Dnyaneshwar Mulay IFS (1983) with effect from 1st February 2019.
Sanjiv Arora served as Additional Secretary in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), New Delhi from October-December 2016, Ambassador to Qatar from August 2012-October 2016, and Consul General in Houston, Texas, USA from November 2008-July 2012.
His first posting was in Egypt (1985-88) where he learnt Arabic. He has also served in Saudi Arabia (1988-1991), Germany (1994-1998), Sri Lanka (1999-2000) and the Czech Republic (2000-2003). Ambassador Arora was Head of United Nations (Political) Division in Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) from 2005-2008, and in that capacity, closely dealt with a wide range of issues related to India’s foreign policy at the United Nations, including counter-terrorism, peacekeeping operations, UN reform, etc. He was involved in Government.