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Vikram Misri has been appointed as Joint Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office. Prior to this Vikram served as the Consul General of India in Germany, responsible for the states of Bavaria and Baden-Wurttemberg. Previously he was Deputy High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka. He has spent nearly twenty years on diplomatic assignments as a member of the 1989 batch of the Indian Foreign Service. Most notably, he served in Islamabad, where he briefly led the mission when the officers senior to him were expelled by Pakistan; Tunis, where he also helped found Tunisia's first polo club; and Brussels, where he was also special assistant to the ambassador. Vikram has also served on the staff of the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of India and as the desk officer responsible for Pakistan affairs. Vikram was also counselor for congressional affairs at the Indian Embassy in Washington, DC. During this tenure, he was closely associated with the landmark 2005 visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the US and the subsequent consideration of the Indo-US nuclear legislation in the US Congress. Before joining government, he worked for three years in the advertising agencies Lintas and Contract, as well as for an independent advertising filmmaker. Vikram holds a bachelor's degree in history from Hindu College, University of Delhi and an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He is a Fellow of Second Wave Class of Aspen India's Leadership Initiative.