Riva Ganguly Das has taken up her assignment as the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh. Prior to her arrival here on March 1, she was the Director General, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
On March 10, the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and said both countries have the scope to open new windows for cooperation.
The Indian envoy termed Bangladesh one of the important countries and development partners of her country.
Riva said the cooperation between the two neighbouring countries will continue on a win-win situation.
Talking about enhancing connectivity in the region, Riva said this will bring economic prosperity for all the countries of the region.
A career-diplomat, Riva Ganguly who speaks Bengali, Hindi, English and Spanish, joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1986 and is a Post Graduate in Political Science from Delhi University.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was a Lecturer at Delhi University. She commenced her diplomatic career spanning 33 years from Spain.
Thereafter, she was at Headquarters dealing with External Publicity, Nepal and Passport/Visa work. She was Head of the Cultural Wing of the Indian High Commission in Dhaka.
After her return from Dhaka, she took over as Director at the United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Division and participated in environmental negotiations, particularly climate change.
She was the Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, The Hague and served as Consul General of India in Shanghai from 2008 to 2012.
After her return from China, she headed the Public Diplomacy Division and later the Latin America & Caribbean Division in the Ministry of External Affairs.
She was Ambassador of India to Romania with concurrent accreditation to Albania & Moldova and thereafter served as India’s Consul General in New York.