Vinai Thummalapally (1954 – )

U.S. Ambassador to Belize, July 28, 2009 – August 12, 2013

Vinai Thummalapally previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to Belize from 2009 to 2013. He is the first Indian American ambassador in U.S. history.

Originally from Hyderabad India; moved to the U.S. in 1974 to pursue engineering studies; 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 University of Tennessee in 1995.

Ambassador Thummalapally has received several Outstanding Service awards for his professional accomplishments and speaks English, Telugu, Hindi, and Urdu.


“Thummalapally, Vinai K.,”, October 9, 2009,“Vinai K. Thummalapally – People – Department History – Office of the Historian,”, accessed January 11, 2021,

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