Mrs. K. Nandini Singla joined Indian Foreign Service officer in 1997. She has a Masters degree in Political Science and International Relations from Bombay University and a M.Phil in Diplomatic Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. She hails from Bengaluru in Karnataka, India, and speaks Kannada, Hindi, English and French.
Prior to taking charge as Ambassador of India to Portugal in July 2016, she served as Joint Secretary (Europe West) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Prior to this, from March 2012 to April 2015, she worked as Director (AMS) in the Americas Division of the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. Ms. Nandini Singla also served as First Secretary/Counsellor (Economics) in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in Geneva. She worked in the Indian High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as First Secretary (Economic and Commercial) and Head of Chancery. Prior to that, she worked as Under Secretary (UN Political Division) in the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi. She began her diplomatic career assignment as Third Secretary/Second Secretary (Political, cultural and Media) in the Indian Embassy in Paris, France.
She is a ASPEN Fellow and Fellow of the India Leadership Initiative of the Ananta Aspen Centre. She was awarded the Prime Minister’s Silver Medal as “All India Best NCC Cadet’ in the Senior Cadets category in 1990 and represented India in the NCC Youth Exchange Programme with Canada in 1991-92.
Mrs. Singla is married to Sanjeev Kumar Singla, a fellow diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service. They have two sons aged 17 and 13. She enjoys nature, reading books on spirituality, spending time with her Golden Retriever dog, watching movies and outdoor activities.