Vinai K. Thummalapally
Vinai K. Thummalapally was appointed by President Barack Obama and sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Belize on September 17, 2009.
He is the first Indian American U.S. Ambassador in history.
Ambassador Thummalapally's primary goals are to improve: citizen security, economic prosperity, and bilateral relations. His focus has been to reduce the flow of illegal drugs and trafficking in persons. Additionally ambassador Thummalapally has advocated micro finance, where by underserved populations have better access to credit, especially women.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service Ambassador Thummalapally was the President of MAM-A Inc., formerly Mitsui Advanced Media, the nation's leading manufacturer and distributor of archival recordable optical discs. Prior to his role at MAM-A Inc., Ambassador Thummalapally served as the plant manager for WEA Manufacturing, a division of Time Warner.
Ambassador Thummalapally served in several other similar roles in his 31-year career, including the Managing Director for Clines Printing and Office Products, and Manufacturing Manager of Disc Manufacturing, Inc. In addition to holding two U.S. patents for design of optical disc manufacturing, he has received several Outstanding Service awards for his professional accomplishments.
Originally from Hyderabad, India, Ambassador Thummalapally moved to the U.S. in 1974 to pursue his engineering studies. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in 1977 and completed post graduate Business Administration courses at California State University in 1980 and the University of Tennessee in 1995. Ambassador Thummalapally speaks Telugu, Hindi and Urdu.
He is married to Barbara Thummalapally and has two children.