San Francisco’s new Indian Consul General, Venkatesan Ashok

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Last month, the Indian Consulate in San Francisco had a new Consul General take office. As an IIT graduate, he could be influential in promoting IT initiatives between Silicon Valley and India. Siliconeer welcomes the new Consul General.

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Ambassador Venkatesan Ashok is an IIT Delhi graduate and has held diplomatic assignments in Hong Kong, Malaysia, China, Austria and Sri Lanka, apart from postings in the Ministry of External Affairs in different capacities.

He was Director of External Relations in the Department of Atomic Energy between 1995-1998 following which he was appointed as India’s Alternate Governor and Alternate Permanent Representative in the International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna.

He was the Division Chief of Central Europe in the Ministry of External Affairs prior to his assignment as Ambassador of India to the Republic of Zimbabwe between March 2008 and June 2011.

Ambassador Ashok served as Ambassador of India to the Czech Republic from August 2011 to September 2014. He took charge as Consul General of India in San Francisco with effect from Nov. 21.

Proficient in many languages, he speaks Chinese, English and several Indian languages. He has authored a book, apart from several technical articles.