Veteran diplomat Atul Keshap, who until recently served as the country’s charge d’affaires in New Delhi, will now chair the U.S.-India Business Council as its president, his parent body, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday.
“We are thrilled to have Ambassador Keshap as the next President of USIBC. His deep expertise and deep global network will empower the organization to even greater heights and serve our members well,” Myron Brilliant, executive vice president and head of international affairs, said. .
In the American foreign service for 28 years, Keshap held a number of high state positions. He replaces Nisha Desai Biswala, who the chambers said would remain deeply involved in the organization as senior vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for International Strategy and Global Initiatives and South Asia.
“Ambassador Keshap brings to his new role a wealth of experience and knowledge of India and the Indo-Pacific. In multiple U.S. administrations, he has been instrumental in expanding U.S.-India strategic and economic cooperation and growing commercial ties in multiple sectors,” Biswal said.
In a statement, the 50-year-old Keshap said that as the next president of USIBC, he is honored and excited to continue his engagement in shaping and strengthening strong relations between the United States and India.
“I am thrilled to join the internationally powerful team of the American Chamber and be part of the largest and most influential advocacy organization in the world,” he said.
“India and its inspired citizenship occupy a special place in my heart, and I believe there is no better place to continue this journey than serving as President of USIBC, which is dedicated and committed to strengthening commercial ties between the two countries,” he added. .
“Given that the two countries are on the verge of entering an even stronger era of our strategic partnership, I feel privileged and honored to lead USIBC,” Keshap said.
Keshap was previously the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives; as well as Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi; First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific; U.S. Envoy for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia in Washington, DC.
He has also served in a number of prominent roles at the National Defense University, the White House National Security Council, and in diplomatic positions in Washington and abroad, including India from 2005 to 2008.