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Speaker's Biography:

Nisha Biswal
Former Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State

Nisha Biswal is a senior advisor with Albright Stonebridge Group, where she draws on three decades of experience to help clients of the firm's South Asia practice expand and strengthen their business operations in the region. Ms. Biswal served as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State (2013-2017) where she formulated U.S. foreign policy and managed relations with 12 countries. In this role, she led economic connectivity and regional security initiatives and the outreach to the newly elected Modi government. She also launched the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue, and was the architect of the C5+1 diplomatic platform between the U.S. and the five countries of Central Asia. Previously, Ms. Biswal served as assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 countries. In addition, Ms. Biswal served as senior staff in the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years. She is on the board of the Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Twitter: @NishaBiswal

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