|Ruchira Kamboj, IFS|
Kamboj is currently Chief of Protocol to the GoI, the first woman officer to hold that position. A joint secretary-ranked officer in the ministry of external affairs (MEA), Kamboj will get the rank of an ambassador in Paris. That she can speak French fluently will be a help. She had earlier served in Indian missions in Mauritius and Paris as well. She was also the head of High Commission of India, Cape Town, South Africa, and was the deputy head in the office of the Secretary General in London-based Commonwealth Secretariat. Kamboj had also served as a counsellor in the Permanent Mission of India to UN, New York, where she played a key role in initiating reforms and expansion of the UN Security Council.
A product of Delhi University, she is married to New Delhi-based businessman Diwakar Kamboj. He has business branches in New York too. Mr Kamboj is a product of Mussoorie’s Wynberg Allen School and London School of Economics.
In her Facebook page, Ms Kamboj has a photo with the caption saying: “With my best friend forever—Sara…”. Sara is Kamboj’s daughter.