Ashok Kumar Mirpuri became ambassador of Singapore to the United States on July 30, 2012, having most recently served as Singapore’s ambassador to Indonesia since July 2006. Ambassador Mirpuri was also Singapore’s high commissioner to Malaysia (2002-06) and high commissioner to Australia (2000-02).
Ambassador Mirpuri joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984, serving as first secretary (political) at the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta (1987-91) and as director of the ministry’s Policy Planning & Analysis Directorate I, specializing in Southeast Asia (1994-97). In 1997, Ambassador Mirpuri was seconded to Shell International Ltd. in the United Kingdom as corporate adviser (Asia Pacific), returning to the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta in 1998 as minister-counselor and deputy chief of mission.
Ambassador Mirpuri holds an honors degree in political science from the National University of Singapore, and he received his master’s of arts degree from the University of London’s School of Oriental & African Studies under a Raffles Scholarship. He also did the Program for Executive Development at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in the United States. Ambassador Mirpuri was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Gold) by the Singapore government in 2010.