City and State Engagement

Sidhanta Mehra leads the U.S.-India Business Council’s City and State Engagement program, which seeks to enhance and deepen avenues for subnational engagement across India and the United States. In this capacity, he focuses on building strategic partnerships with state governments, business groups and international trade and investment networks and has collaborated with state-level stakeholders to support visits by U.S. governors to India and Indian Chief Ministers to India.

Previously, Mehra worked at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies, where his work with the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies focused on on Indian domestic policy and the role of Indian states in setting policy and driving development. At CSIS, Sidhanta was also responsible for the administration of the U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, a first-of-its-kind effort to build subnational partnerships for energy development in India and the United States.

Mehra received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He also leads the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Bangladesh Working Group, and international advocacy and engagement with Bangladesh and the larger South Asia region.