Ambassador T. S. Tirumurti

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations

Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti is a career Indian diplomat with extensive multilateral experience. Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1985, he has represented India’s interests in various capacities.

Prior to taking over his current assignment in May 2020 as the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, Ambassador Tirumurti was the Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs handling the Economic Relations portfolio since February 2018, which included, inter alia, India’s development partnership, Gulf and the Arab World and Africa.

He previously served at the Indian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt and at the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, Switzerland. He was also the first Indian Representative to the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and later Counsellor at the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C., USA. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Indian Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia and India’s High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ambassador Tirumurti served as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives) and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social) during his stints at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.

Ambassador Tirumurti has bachelor’s degrees in Commerce and in Law. He is also the author of three books – Kissing the Heavens: The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra (1999), Clive Avenue (2002) and Chennaivasi (2012).

Ambassador Tirumurti is married to Mrs. Gowri Tirumurti, partner in law firm M/s Anand & Anand, which specializes in intellectual property rights. The couple has two children – daughter Bhavani and son Vishwajit.