Thomas L. Vajda (वायडा) assumed the post of U.S. Consul General in Mumbai on July 31, 2014. During his 23 years in the U.S. Foreign Service, Consul General Vajda served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma (Myanmar), as well as overseas postings in the Balkans, South Korea, and Germany. His service in Washington has been in the areas of East Asian and Pacific affairs, weapons removal and abatement, and human resources. Immediately prior to coming to Mumbai, he was the State Department’s Deputy Coordinator for Assistance to the Middle East, supporting efforts to coordinate all U.S. assistance to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in response to the Arab Spring and subsequent developments in the region. He previously served as the Director of the Middle East Partnership Initiative, a foreign assistance program supporting political and economic reform in the MENA region. Consul General Vajda holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and a Master’s from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He is married to Amy Sebes; they have two daughters.