Chamber Biswal

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced that Nisha Desai Biswal, an Indian American former diplomat in the State Department, has been named president of the U.S.-India Business Council. ( photo)

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Oct. 10 announced that it has appointed Indian American Nisha Desai Biswal as the president of the U.S.-India Business Council.

“I am honored and excited by the opportunity to lead the U.S.-India Business Council and to join the leadership of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce during a period of historic opportunity for both countries,” said Biswal in a statement.

“As one of the most significant and fastest growing markets, India is an important economic partner for the United States. Likewise, Indian companies are investing in ever greater numbers here in the United States,” she added. “I am proud to be part of an organization which will play such a critical role shaping U.S.-India relations, and I am thrilled at the chance to help our companies deliver a brighter, more prosperous future for the citizens of the United States and India.”

Biswal served as assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State from 2013 to 2017, where she oversaw the U.S.-India strategic partnership during a period of unprecedented cooperation, including launching the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, the chamber said in a news release.

In recognition of her efforts, Biswal was awarded the prestigious Samman Award by the president of India in January 2017, it added.

Previously, Biswal served as assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development. She also spent over a decade on Capitol Hill serving as staff director on the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives. ‎

Most recently, she was a senior adviser with the Albright Stonebridge Group, where she helped expand the firm’s India and South Asia practice.

“We are thrilled to welcome Nisha Biswal to the U.S.-India Business Council and to the U.S. Chamber team,” said Myron Brilliant, U.S. Chamber executive vice president and head of International Affairs.

“She is a driven, visionary leader who has a strong record of advancing United States business across the growth markets of Asia and throughout India.” Brilliant added. “Under her strong leadership, we’re confident the U.S.-India Business Council will play a critical role growing commercial partnership, investment, and innovation across the world’s oldest and largest democracies.”

Currently a member of the U.S. Institute of Peace International Advisory Council and the Institute for Sustainable Communities board of directors, Biswal has previously served on the board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

“UPS applauds Nisha being named as the new president of the U.S.-India Business Council,” said Jim Barber, president of UPS International. “At this critical time, she will bring dynamic leadership and well-established economic expertise to the mission of improving the U.S.-India relationship.”

Biswal, who earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations and affairs from the University of Virginia, is scheduled to assume her post at the USIBC Oct. 23.

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