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Indian American Business Council Announces New Indian Leadership Team

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Washington DC, New Delhi, January 3, 2023 — The United States Chamber of Commerce announced a new management team to oversee its operations in New Delhi. Mr. Alexander Slater will serve as the Managing Director of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and Ms. Shreerupa Mitra will serve as the Deputy Managing Director, effective yesterday, January 2, 2023. Ambika Sharma, the current Director General of USIBC, is moving into a new role as Senior Advisor to USIBC President, Ambassador Atul Keshap.

A globally recognized expert in law, economics and business, Alexander Slater has served as Deputy Managing Director of USIBC in New Delhi since December 2019, managing the day-to-day operations of his India-based team and leading its financial, tax, and vertical real estate to new heights. During his tenure, Mr. Slater helped facilitate significant gains in USIBC membership, particularly in venture capital and private equity, areas critical to fueling the startup ecosystem of the industry. India and cross-industry growth.

A deeply respected veteran of politics and government, Shreerupa Mitra has served as USIBC’s Senior Adviser in New Delhi since September 2022. With deep Indian government expertise and strong relationships with business leaders across energy, defense and consultancy, Ms. Mitra will lead the USIBC’s activities around India’s G20 Presidency in 2023 and support the US Chamber’s leadership in the B20.

“The US-India Business Council is a reliable and powerful engine for ever-closer business and strategic cooperation between the world’s two largest democracies,” said Ambassador Atul Keshap, Chairman of USIBC. “We are delighted to have two policy innovators – Alexander Slater and Shreerupa Mitra – serving on USIBC’s new leadership team in India. Their deep expertise and substantial global networks in the public and private sectors in the United States and India will enable our organization to reach even greater heights and serve our more than two hundred member companies well. I also look forward to continuing to receive sound advice and strategic guidance from Ambika Sharma, who has been a pillar of our organization during her distinguished tenure as Chief Executive Officer at a time of significant growth.

“As the next Chief Executive Officer of USIBC, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to continue the organization’s 48-year mission of strengthening trade and investment ties between India and the United States. States,” Mr. Slater said. “During this volatile time for geopolitics and geoeconomics, I am focused on providing our members and both governments with the best advice on how to take advantage of these conditions to strengthen the business activity that underpins the bilateral relationship,” he added. “Having lived in India for the past three years, this holds a very special place in my heart. When I came here 20 years ago, I never imagined that I would marry into an Indian family and have our son born here. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to help our member companies develop and advance the emerging strategic partnership between two countries that I love so much.

“Bilateral US-India cooperation, including trade, is broad and multisectoral. Although the current geopolitical challenges have a significant impact on global growth prospects, this can be a particularly fertile circumstance for India and the United States to improve trade relations and iron out obstacles. I am especially grateful to be leading a team that the Indian government sees as a key player in this space,” Ms. Mitra said.

“I am delighted to take on a new position at USIBC to advise my friend Atul on issues critical to the organization’s work in India,” said Ms. Sharma. “It has been wonderful to help lead USIBC over the past four years and to work closely with Alexander and Shreerupa in many capacities. They are both seasoned and creative leaders who bring complementary skills to their new roles. They will be powerful partners for our members and central and state government officials.

“Ambika, Alexander and Shreerupa have been my colleagues and friends for years,” said Nisha Biswal, senior vice president of international strategy and global initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “Both at USIBC and beyond, I have relied heavily on their wisdom, creativity and hard work to overcome difficult challenges. They have been tireless defenders of the US-India relationship and contributed significantly to its continued strength and vitality. With this transition, USIBC is getting better and better at supporting our members.

Mr. Slater previously served as an advisor and speechwriter to World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and US Senator and current Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and also worked as a Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury. He is an attorney who has practiced law in Washington, D.C. and New York, representing Fortune 500 companies in white-collar and foreign investment cases, and served as counsel for Judge Barrington Parker in the United States Court of Justice. United States call for the Second Circuit. As a lawyer, he had a strong pro bono practice helping military veterans and Holocaust survivors access public benefits and voters and people with disabilities obtain legal advice. Mr. Slater holds degrees in history, law and international relations from Yale, Harvard and Oxford, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.

Mrs Mitra Previously, he served as an International Cooperation Specialist for six years, first in the office of India’s Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and then in the office of its Minister of Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, both in New Delhi. She has international and US-centric experience, having worked as an executive at the US Agency for International Development and the United Nations Development Program in Odisha, India, and as a reporter for the Press Trust of India. in Geneva, Switzerland. Shreerupa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Economics from Miranda House, University of Delhi, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences from the ‘University of Chicago.

About the United States Chamber of Commerce

The United States Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business organization representing businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy. Our members range from small businesses and local chambers of commerce that line America’s main streets to major industry associations and large corporations. They all share one thing: they look to the United States House to be their voice in Washington, across the country, and around the world. For more than 100 years, we’ve advocated for business-friendly policies that help businesses create jobs and grow our economy.

About the United States-India Business Council

Formed at the request of the US and Indian governments in 1975, the US-India Business Council (USIBC) represents the world’s largest companies operating in the United States, India and the Indo-Pacific for 48 years. As part of a dynamic growth within the U.S.-India business partnership, we are the leading voice of industry and connect businesses and governments in both countries. Through our flagship offices in Washington, DC and New Delhi and our presences in both countries, we work with our members to identify and advance key policy priorities. Recognizing that U.S.-India trade is increasingly boosted by new trade hubs, USIBC is also focused on strengthening ties between the cities and states of the world’s largest and oldest democracies, for the sake of happiness and the prosperity of our 1.7 billion citizens.

For more information, please contact Mr. Arjit Roshan at aroshan@uschamber.com.

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