Biden Names An Indian-Origin Woman As Deputy Director Of The US Treasury


The White House announced Monday that US President Joe Biden has nominated Indian-American Nisha Desai Biswal to a top administrative position on the US International Development Finance Commission.
Ms. Biswal, who served as the Obama Administration’s Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, has over 30 years of experience in US foreign policy and international development programs in the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector.

She is presently the US Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Vice President for International Strategy and Global Initiatives, where she oversees the US India Business Council and the US Bangladesh Business Council.

Ms. Biswal was Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from 2013 to 2017, where she oversaw the US-India strategic partnership during unprecedented cooperation, including the launch of an annual US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, according to the White House.

During her term as Assistant Secretary, she also launched the C5 1 Dialogue with Central Asia and the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue.

Ms. Biswal formerly served as Assistant Administrator for Asia at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she directed and oversaw USAID programs and activities in South, Central, and Southeast Asia.

She has also spent over a decade on Capitol Hill, serving as Staff Director on the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and as professional staff on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Ms. Biswal chairs the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. She serves on the National Democratic Institute’s Board of Directors as well as the US Institute of Peace’s International Advisory Council.

She is a member of the US Institute of Peace’s Afghanistan Study Group and the Aspen Institute’s India-US Track 2 Climate and Energy Dialogue. According to the White House, Ms. Biswal graduated from the University of Virginia, where she studied International Relations and Economics.

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