BAPIO President Dr Ramesh Mehta welcomed the new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at a meeting on 23rd December 2016. The meeting was held at the residence of Shri S. Ramesh, Minister (Consular), Indian High Commission. Those present included Lord Swaraj Paul and Mr Rami Ranger.
Mr Sinha was aware of the BAPIO activities in UK and India. He applauded the work and promiced continued close collaboration with BAPIO.
“Histirically BAPIO has enjoyed cordial relationship with the India House and we are sue we will continue to enjoy same level of support and guidence from H.E.Mr. Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha”, said Dr Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO
His Excellency Mr. Y.K. Sinha is a seasoned diplomat and during a career spanning over 35 years, he has handled several important assignments at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi and in Indian diplomatic missions in South Asia, the Middle East, Europe, South America and the Permanent Mission of India at the United Nations in New York. He holds the rank of Secretary to the Government of India. Before coming to the UK, he was High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka from June 2013 to December 2016. Prior to this, he was Additional Secretary and headed the important Pakistan-Afghanistan-Iran Division at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi for almost four years.
Mr. Sinha was Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of India, United Nations,New York from 1998 to 2002 where he represented India in the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly handling Peace Keeping, Decolonisation, Information etc.
Mr. Sinha has represented India at numerous international and regional conferences and meetings. Apart from his stint in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN in New York, he was the alternate representative of India to UNIDROIT during his posting at the Embassy of India in Rome. He participated in the London Conference on Afghanistan (January 2010); Bonn II Conference on Afghanistan (December 2011); Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan (July 2012) and ‘Heart of Asia’ Ministerial Conferences on Afghanistan at Istanbul (November 2011), Kabul (June 2012) and Almaty (April 2013). He also led the Indian delegation for the first and second India-US-Afghanistan trilateral consultations in New York (September 2012) and Delhi (February 2013) respectively. He was invited by the Council of Foreign Relations, New York to speak on “The Role of the Region in Afghanistan’s 2014 Transition” alongwith the Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan in September 2012. In addition, he has participated in various bilateral, regional and multilateral talks, conferences and seminars, including at the South Asia Conferences organized by the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) at Muscat (Oman) in 2009 and 2012.
Born on October 4, 1958 in an eminent family from Bihar, he began his schooling in Chesham (UK) and finished at St. Michael’s High School, Patna. He graduated with Honours in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and also did his Masters in History from Delhi University. He joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1981. He was a member of the Secretariat of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit, held in New Delhi in 1983 and the CHOGM Summit held the same year. He has a diploma in Arabic from the American University, Cairo.
He is married to Girija, and they have two sons: Ambuj and Vinayak.