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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Washington DC

The U.S.-India Business Council and Foreign Policy will convene an armchair conversation between USIBC President Nisha Biswal and Foreign Policy Managing Editor Ravi Agrawal.  Timed to take place just before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States for the Howdy Modi Summit in Houston and the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in New York City, the conversation will focus on dynamics in the U.S.-India relationship and the larger global forces shaping the partnership between the world’s oldest and largest democracies.


Ravi Agrawal

Ravi Agrawal is the managing editor of Foreign Policy. Before joining FP, Agrawal worked at CNN for more than a decade, including his most recent position as the network’s New Delhi bureau chief and correspondent. Previously, he served as a senior producer in CNN’s New York and London bureaus, receiving a Peabody Award and three Emmy nominations for his work.

Agrawal is the author of India Connected: How the Smartphone Is Transforming the World’s Largest Democracy. He is a graduate of Harvard University.

Nisha Biswal

Nisha Biswal is 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.