Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, born in 1961 in Myanmar, is a Vietnamese diplomat and educator with diverse international experience in multilateral affairs and cultural diplomacy.
On 13 November 2018, Pham Sanh Chau presented his credentials to President Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan, officially taking the position of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Republic of India. He is concurrently accredited to Nepal and Bhutan.
In 2016, Pham Sanh Chau was appointed Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Earlier, he was appointed Special Envoy of Vietnam Prime Minister on UNESCO Affairs. Prior to this post, he was Secretary-General of Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO since 2014, a post he had previously held from 2007 to 2011.
From 2011 to 2014, Pham Sanh Chau served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the Kingdom of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Union.
From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy Director General of the Institute of Foreign Affairs (now Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam).
Pham Sanh Chau was the Vietnam’s youngest Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Viet Nam to UNESCO as well as the Personal Representative of the President of Viet Nam to the International Organisation of La Francophonie in Paris, France in 1999 where he served until 2003.
From 1997 to 1999, he was Deputy Director – General, Office of Foreign Minister.
From 1991 to 1997, he served as an Interpreter and Director of the Interpretation and Translation Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1986 to 1991, he worked at the International Organizations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
From 1984 to 1986, he served in the Artillery Division, Vietnam People’s Army.
In 1983 he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and started his career as a news analyst at the Foreign Minister’s Office.
Pham Sanh Chau holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Foreign Affairs in Ha Noi, Viet Nam and a Diploma in International Law from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands.
He has studied at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS) in Hawaii, United States; Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; University of Oslo, Norway; and the European Union Training Centre in Belgium.
Pham Sanh Chau has received numerous State distinctions including the Grand Cross of Order of the Crown from the King of Belgium; the Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the President of Republic of France; the Labour Orders of First and Second Degree from the President of Viet Nam in recognition of his distinguished career of public service.
In 2011 he was awarded Vietnam’s Lifetime Ambassador Title.
Pham Sanh Chau is fluent in Vietnamese, English and French. He is married and has one son and one daughter.