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Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Secretary (CPV&OIA)

Dr. Ausaf SayeedDr. Ausaf Sayeed (b. September 18, 1963) is a career diplomat belonging to the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) 1989 Batch. He holds a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Geology from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India and an Advanced Diploma in Arabic from the American University in Cairo. He is a Competent Toastmaster (CTM) and recipient of the Y.G.K. Murthy Gold Medal from Osmania University.

Dr. Sayeed has handled different areas of work in his 33 years of diplomatic service, including political, economic, consular and cultural work, besides Haj management. Before his appointment as Secretary (Consular, Passport, Visa and Overseas Indian Affairs) he served as the Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (April 2019-March 2022). Prior to that he served as High Commissioner of India to Seychelles (February 2017-April 2019), Consul General of India in Chicago (August 2013-January 2017), Ambassador of India to Yemen (September 2010-July 2013), Consul General of India in Jeddah (August 2004-July 2008), besides working at the Indian diplomatic Missions in Cairo, Riyadh, Doha and Copenhagen in various capacities.

He has also served as the Joint Secretary overseeing the West Africa Division in the Ministry of External Affairs (August 2008-August 2010) and as the Regional Passport Officer, Hyderabad (May 1993 - January 1995).

Dr. Sayeed has published three books, one on Geology and two on Indian Art & Culture. He has also compiled and edited the Urdu book ‘Kuliyaat-e-Awaz Sayeed’, which comprises of the entire literary works of his father.

Dr. Sayeed is married to Farha Sayeed, an accomplished Egg Sculptor and artist. The couple has three sons.

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