Melinda Pavek has assumed charge as the Consul General of the United States of America for the Kolkata Consular District succeeding former Consul General Patti Hoffman.
Pavek, who took charge as the Consul General in Kolkata on August 12, 2021, is responsible for advancing US-India relations in the consular jurisdiction covering West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, and the seven northeastern states.
“I am honored to be representing the United States of America here in East and Northeast India,” said Consul General Pavek.
“I look forward to meeting people across my consular district and continuing the work of the U.S. Consulate Kolkata in advancing the U.S.-India partnership in the region,” Pavek said.
Immediately prior to coming to Kolkata, Consul General Pavek was the Counselor for Science, Innovation, and Development at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Previously, Pavek served as the Supervisory General Service Officer at the US Embassy Islamabad in Pakistan, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.
She also served overseas in Nepal (Kathmandu), Jamaica (Kingston), Iraq (Baghdad), and Pakistan (Lahore), as well as on domestic assignment in Washington, D.C. as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Administration. Consul General Pavek joined the U.S. Department of State in 2004, the US Embassy said a statement.
Originally from Minnesota, Consul General Pavek is now a resident of Wyoming.
She completed her Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) in Operations, Supply Chain, and Strategy from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College (Rock Island, Illinois) in Political Science, Economics, and Asian Studies, it said.