Ban Ki-moon picks Vijay Nambiar as chief of staff. Vijay Nambiar, an Indian diplomat with experience within and oustide the United Nations, has been appointed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's chief of staff.
Nambiar, 63, who served as special advisor to Kofi Annan, the outgoing secretary general, took office January 1. He replaced Alicia Barcena, the Mexican protege of influential former U.N. official Maurice Strong.
Before joing Annan's team in March 2006 Nambiar was deputy national security advisor to the Government of India and head of the National Security Council Secretariat. He served as India's permanent representative to the U.N. in New York from May 2002 to June 2004.
I have known Mr. Nambiar for a long time and we share deep confidence and respect for each other, Ban said in a statement about his chief de cabinet.
Nambiar, a 1967 batch Indian Foreign Service officer, undertook a number of sensitive assignments for Annan, including traveling to the Middle East following the war between Israel and Hezbollah.
Earlier, the Chinese - speaking Nambiar served as India's ambassador in China (1996 to 2000). He also served as India's...