Shri Balasubramanian Shyam joined the Indian Foreign Service in 2000.
He was first posted in Cairo, Egypt as Third Secretary/ Language trainee, learning Arabic at the American University Cairo. This was followed by work as Second Secretary dealing with Media, and as Director, Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture in Cairo.
Returning to Headquarters as Under Secretary (Iran-Afghanistan), and later as Under Secretary (Pakistan) gave an exposure to India-Iran and India-Pakistan bilateral relations (2005-2007) from the HQ.
He was next posted to Colombo, Sri Lanka as First Secretary (Political) (2007-2010). This was followed by a posting to Dhaka, Bangladesh as Commercial Counsellor (2010-2013) that involved facilitating trade relations between the two countries.
Returning to New Delhi in 2013, he was posted as Director (Pakistan) till 2015.
In next tenure with the Indian Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar, he was posted as Deputy Chief of Mission for three years from 2015-2018.
He was Consul General of India, Osaka-Kobe, Japan on from August.2018 and till July 2021.
Shri B. Shyam joined as Ambassador in Embassy of India in Reykjavik (Iceland) on 31.07.2021.
By training, Shri Shyam holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology & Biotechnology and was ICAR Scientist working on transgenics for pathogen resistance in mustard, rice and plantains before joining the diplomatic service.
Shri B. Shyam is married to Smt. Ramya Shyam, and they have a son and a daughter.