Nisha Biswal is the President of the U.S.-India Business Council.
Biswal served as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State from 2013 to 2017, where she oversaw the U.S.-India strategic partnership during a period of unprecedented cooperation, including launching the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. In recognition of her efforts, Biswal was awarded the prestigious Samman Award by the President of India in January 2017. She previously served as Assistant Administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Biswal also spent over ten years on Capitol Hill, serving as staff director on the State, Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives. Most recently, she was a senior advisor with the Albright Stonebridge Group, where she helped expand the firm’s India and South Asia practice.
Biswal has served on the board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and is a current member of the U.S. Institute of Peace International Advisory Council and the Institute for Sustainable Communities Board of Directors.
Amy Hariani currently serves as Vice President & Legal Policy Counsel at the U.S.-India Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role she assists companies in understanding government policies and international economic laws impacting their business. She works with companies to develop unconventional solutions to policy issues. Hariani advocates to U.S. federal agencies and members of Congress to address and remedy market access barriers. She also regularly works with the Government of India and advises various ministries on impediments to investment and trade.
Prior to joining USIBC, Hariani was an associate at the law firm of King & Spalding LLP. Hariani focused her practice on international trade litigation and market access issues by providing strategic, legal, and policy advice to domestic and foreign clients. She developed and led the international trade group’s work in India. Previously, Hariani led the Asia portfolio as an international trade counselor at a government relations firm in Washington, D.C.
A native of Minnesota, Hariani received her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law. She received her bachelor’s in political science and philosophy from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Hariani has knowledge of Hindi and Spanish and serves on the Boards of Pratham, DC and Indo-U.S. Brain Trust.
Ryan Miller has joined the U.S.-India Business Council as the Head of Strategy and Business Development. Most recently, Mr. Miller served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the United States Department of State, where he advised senior State Department and U.S. government leaders on strategy, business engagement, policy formulation, and crisis management related to one of the fastest growing regions in the world. Ryan can be reached at email@example.com.
Sanchit Aggarwal currently serves as Senior Manager at USIBC and handles various portfoilios that include: food and agriculture, retail, legal services, and CSR. In this role he works with member companies in helping them understand various sector related policies and helps them in their advocacy efforts with the Indian Government. He regularly works with the Government of India, Government of USA and the member companies to promote bilateral trade, introduction of best practices and policy advocacy.
Before joining USIBC, Aggarwal was working at AbInBev ( Largest Beer Company in the World) in their Corporate Affairs team and was handling Government Advocacy. He worked on various strategic government facing projects and CSR projects. He also worked with Delhivery, a leading e-commerce logistics company and helped them set up their legal department.
Aggarwal has completed his MBA from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad with specialization in Strategy and Public Policy and his B.A. LLB from National Law University, Punjab
Kelsey Cadden serves as Associate Manager of Operations at the U.S.-India Business Council. She supports the development of policy agendas, programs, and events for USIBC, in addition to any other department projects as needed.
Prior to her role with USIBC, Cadden was the coordinator for the Middle East Affairs Department at U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She supported the U.S.-Egypt Business Council, the U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, and the U.S.-Israel Business Initiative. She was also responsible for regional programming for the Middle East and North Africa.
Cadden has two bachelor’s degrees from American University, one in International Relations and one in International Economics. She enjoys rugby, theater, and traveling.
Shefali Dhar currently serves as Operations Coordinator at the U.S.-India Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In this role, she provides programmatic support to USIBC’s New Delhi and Mumbai offices, which includes coordinating between verticals, and assisting with day-to-day operations as well as managing events.
Prior to this role, Dhar was a researcher for the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, focusing on subnational energy engagement between the U.S. and India. Previously, she was a researcher at the Hudson Institute’s South Asia Program working on security threats and foreign policy issues in the region.
Dhar graduated with a bachelor’s from the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where she concentrated in International Systems and World Order, and Asia. She is fluent in Hindi and Kashmiri, and has knowledge of French. In her spare time, she enjoys writing short stories and collecting music.
Harshika Errangani serves as the Director of Development Strategy, Fundraising and Operations for USIBC. In her current capacity, she oversees the development and implementation of an integrated and strategic fundraising plan to achieve revenue goals, membership and corporate relations, SOP across all offices and supports Board related activity.
Prior to joining USIBC in 2011, Harshika was an associate faculty member at the IRIS Center at the University of Maryland College Park, Department of Economics, which is also her alma mater. She has worked as a Junior Economist and has experience in developmental economics and statistical analysis. In her previous role, she worked on the Business Development Team on projects for donors such as the UN, USAID, World Bank, IFC, IADB, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Harshika is fluent in Hindi and Sinhala and is proficient in French, Punjabi, and Urdu.
Pallavi Goel is the Administrative Assistant to the President and Vice President at U.S.-India Business Council. In this role, she handles calendars, travel and logistics. In addition, Goel also manages and plans events for the Council.
Prior to joining USIBC, Goel was an Executive Assistant at McKinsey & Company, Mumbai, India for six years where she worked with a number of Consultants and their teams.
Goel hails from India and moved to the United States to be with family close to four years ago. She holds a bachelor’s degree is Science from Jadavpur University in Calcutta. She resides in Virginia with her husband and daughter.
Sumona Guha currently serves as Senior Director at the US- India Business Council for manufacturing and infrastructure. In this role, she works with companies that do business in India to assist them in identifying market opportunities and navigating regulatory actions that affect their operations. She liaises with Indian and U.S. government authorities to improve economic ties and commercial relations between the United States and India.
Prior to joining USIBC, Guha was a member of the U.S. Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff, responsible for India, South Asia, and Central Asia strategy development. In that role, she advanced efforts to engage India on its role as an emerging global power and regional power in the Indo-Pacific, including through the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and U.S.-India Policy Planning talks. She has previously served as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and member of the negotiating team for the U.S.-Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement. Earlier in her career, Guha served in the Office of the U.S. Vice President as a Special Advisor for National Security Affairs, as a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate, and as an advisor to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Guha holds an M.A. from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University. She speaks Bengali, Russian and French. Guha resides in Washington, DC.