Mr. SKAND RANJAN TAYAL

Ambassador (Retd.) Skand Ranjan Tayal is a graduate of Allahabad University and has a Post-Graduate Degree in Chemistry from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

After joining the Indian Foreign Service (1976), Ambassador(Retd) Tayal served in Indian Missions in Sofia, Warsaw, Geneva and Moscow. He was India’s Consul General in Johannesburg (1996-98) and Houston (2002-05), and Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan (2005-08). Since 2008, he was Ambassador of India to the Republic of Korea.

Ambassador(Retd) Tayal was Secretary of the Indian National Commission for UNESCO during 1991-95 and served briefly as the Director in charge of IITs in the Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development. He was Joint Secretary and the Chief Passport Officer of India during 1999-2002.

Ambassador(Retd) Tayal has wide experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and has been a frequent speaker on contemporary affairs.

In July 2013 Ambassador Tayal was appointed as Chairman of Governing Board of the well known Dyal Singh College in New Delhi. He was an independent Director in 2012-15 on the Boards of Hindustan Shipyard Limited, Vizag and Mineral and Metals trading Corporation, Delhi. He is also the Vice President of India-Republic of Korea Friendship society.

He is currently associated with the Department of East Asian Studies, Delhi University as a Guest Faculty