Indian- American representation has continuously been surging in the Biden administration. In a new development, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate Nisha Desai Biswal as deputy chief executive officer of the United States International Development Finance Corporation (USIDFC).
Gujarat-born Biswal carries over 30 years of experience in U.S. foreign policy and international development programs within the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector, according to the US President’s Office release. Her nomination will now have to be approved by the US Senate.
On her nomination, she tweeted, “Honored to be nominated by @POTUS to be Deputy CEO of @DFCgov.”
Seasoned foreign policy expert Biswal serves as senior vice president for International Strategy and Global Initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, overseeing the U.S. India Business Council and U.S. Bangladesh Business Council. Additionally, she serves as the chair of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and is on both the Board of the National Democratic Institute and the U.S. Institute of Peace International Advisory Council.
Biswal served as assistant secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2013 to 2017 when she was instrumental in initiating the C5+1 Dialogue with Central Asia and the U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue.
Before that, Biswal was assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and also spent over a decade on Capitol Hill, working as staff director on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations as well as professional staff on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives, her profile stated.