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Atul Keshap to head US- Bangladesh Business Council

Seasoned diplomat Keshap served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 28 years, including as the chargé d'affaires to India.

President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and newly appointed head of the US-Bangladesh Business Council (USBBC), Ambassador Atul Keshap. Image - Twitter/ Atul Keshap

The US Chamber of Commerce (USCC) named former US Diplomat and current president of the US-India Business Council (USIBC), Ambassador Atul Keshap to head the US-Bangladesh Business Council (USBBC), as part of his expanded role as senior vice president for South Asia.

In a statement, USCC said, “The USBBC, under his leadership, will host the inaugural visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, on May 2nd. The event will centre on the theme of “U.S.-Bangladesh Economic Cooperation,” and advance discussions on bilateral trade and smart growth.”

Reacting to his appointment,  Keshap said, “I am immensely grateful for the opportunity to lead the USBBC at this auspicious time in Bangladesh’s economic development. I look forward to strengthening the global commercial partnerships which are fueling Bangladesh’s rapid growth.”

As a diplomat, Ambassador Keshap served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 28 years, including as the chargé d'affaires to India. He is regarded as an expert in critical subjects like national Security, diplomacy and strategic negotiations. In his new role as president of the U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council, Keshap will be responsible for connecting businesses to the enormous opportunities posed by Bangladesh’s impressive development trajectory.

Commenting on his leadership, USCC said in a statement, “At the Chamber, Ambassador Keshap has leveraged his deep expertise of geopolitics and global markets to support members seeking to expand their businesses in the world’s fastest-growing economies.”

Senior vice president for international strategy and Global Initiatives, Nisha Biswal congratulated Keshap on his expanded role. "His deep knowledge of South Asia and his extensive experience on the Indo-Pacific will help our member companies maximize investments and opportunities in these dynamic and fast-growing economies," she added