Sanjay Verma assumed the post of Secretary (West) on 2 March, 2022.
He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1990, and his overseas assignments have included: Ambassador to Spain and Andorra; Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union; Consul General, Dubai; Counsellor (Economic and Commercial), Indian Embassy, Beijing; Spokesperson and Counsellor (Press, Information and Culture), Indian Embassy, Kathmandu; Second Secretary (Press and Political), Indian Embassy, Manila and Economic and Commercial Officer, Hong Kong.
Assignments at the Ministry of External Affairs have included: the China Desk; Aide (OSD) to the Spokesperson; Joint Secretary (DG), Energy Security and Chief of Protocol.
From Mumbai, he studied at Wilson College, and then graduated in Economics from Mumbai University’s Jai Hind College. He holds a Masters in International Studies from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Fellowship in International Studies from the University Grants Commission of India.
A university-level hockey player, his interests are reading, music, popular Indian culture and films. He is married to Ms. Sangeeta Matta and they have a daughter.