Biography

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Thomas L. Vajda
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Term of Appointment: 01/2018 to present

Thomas L. Vajda is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia at the U.S. Department of State. Working within the State Department’s Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs, Mr. Vajda oversees U.S. policy towards and diplomatic relations with India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. Most recently, he served as U.S. Consul General in Mumbai from 2014-2017.

Consul General Vajda joined the Foreign Service in 1991 and is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor. He has served overseas in Northeast and Southeast Asia, Central Europe, the Balkans, and at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to Mumbai, his previous postings included Deputy Chief of Mission in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar), Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, and Deputy Coordinator for Assistance to the Middle East.

Consul General Vajda holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and a Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.