Vinai Thummalapally was confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Belize by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2009.
Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Thummalapally was the President of MAM-A Inc., formerly Mitsui Advanced Media, the nation’s leading manufacturer and distributor of archival recordable optical discs from. Ambassador Thummalapally has served in several other similar roles in his 31-year career, including the plant manager for WEA Manufacturing, the Managing Director for Clines Printing and Office Products, and Manufacturing Manager of Disc Manufacturing, Inc. In addition to holding two U.S. patents for design of optical disc manufacturing, he has received several Outstanding Service awards for his professional accomplishments.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Ambassador Thummalapally moved to the U.S. in 1974 to pursue his engineering studies. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in 1977 and completed post graduate Business Administration courses at California State University in 1980 and the University of Tennessee in 1995. Ambassador Thummalapally speaks Telugu, Hindi and Urdu.