Biography

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Thomas L. Vajda
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Term of Appointment: 10/2018 to present

Thomas L. Vajda is Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Security and Transnational Affairs in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. In this role, he oversees economic and security issues, resource and strategic planning, and Congressional relations across all the countries of South and Central Asia.

From August 2017 to October 2018, Mr. Vajda served as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia, overseeing U.S. policy towards and diplomatic relations with India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Bhutan. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Consul General in Mumbai from 2014-2017.

Mr. 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.

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