Roundtable with Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia

Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) and Manpreet Singh Anand, Deputy Assistant Secretary

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : September 01, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

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This roundtable is hosted by the Government and Regional Affairs Committee.

Please join us for a closed-door roundtable discussion with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) Nisha Biswal and Deputy Assistant Secretary Manpreet Singh Anand.  Responsible for U.S. relations in a region ranging from India to Kazakhstan, they will brief on current U.S. initiatives in this area.  They will be particularly interested in hearing AmCham member views about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in India and the neighboring region and in learning how India fits into your regional strategy.

Nisha Desai Biswal
Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Nisha Desai Biswal was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs on October 21, 2013. She oversees U.S. foreign policy and relations in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

During her tenure, the United States has focused on strengthening bilateral and regional relationships to enhance the security, stability, and prosperity of South and Central Asia. Under her leadership the United States has supported economic development and encouraged increased regional connectivity within South and Central Asia as part of the U.S. re-balance to Asia. From India to Kazakhstan the region’s emerging economies can drive growth and deliver sustained benefits to the peoples of the region. She has led the annual bilateral consultations with Central Asia for the United States as well as deepening ties with South Asian nations.

Biswal’s career in the executive and legislative branches and in non-governmental organizations has focused on the link between human security and national security. Specifically, she prioritizes ensuring that our diplomatic and development efforts in the region are sustainable through a focus on people, and not just governments. Previously, Ms. Biswal served from September 2010 as Assistant Administrator for Asia at USAID, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 nations. In the House of Representatives, Biswal served as the majority clerk for the House Appropriations Committee Foreign Operations Subcommittee (HACFO) and as professional staff in the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC), where she was responsible for South Asia. In addition to her government service, Ms. Biswal led public policy at InterAction and worked at the American Red Cross as an international delegate in Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan.

Manpreet Singh Anand
Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

Manpreet Singh Anand serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Mr. Anand oversees U.S. policy towards and diplomatic relations with the South Asian countries within the bureau: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Immediately prior to taking on this portfolio, he oversaw Regional Affairs within SCA.

Mr. Anand joined the State Department from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Asia Bureau. At USAID, his responsibilities included providing strategic direction and management oversight for the South and Central Asia region, consisting of staff and programming budgets across six USAID Missions and eleven countries. Mr. Anand also led efforts to elevate and engage strategic partnerships in the region, including with the private sector, emerging Asian donors, regional initiatives and diaspora communities.

In the past, Mr. Anand worked for Chevron Corporation as a Senior Policy Advisor and provided policy analysis and guidance on emerging geopolitical and socioeconomic issues. Mr. Anand has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor for South and Central Asia issues on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and has worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Anand also had a previous stint with USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Global Development Alliance.

Mr. Anand is a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Trustee on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, a Member of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Center for Responsible Business Alumni Advisory Board, and was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Anand earned an MBA and an MA in International Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

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