West Coast, Renewables, Fintech, and Media & Entertainment

Thea Uppal leads the West Coast office in San Francisco, California and is a Policy Director at the U.S.-India Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She works with the policy advocacy and investment agendas important to the companies resident in the western states and promotes points of engagement with visiting GoI and State Governments of India along with Federal and State government stakeholders in the US. She serves as Director for Renewables on the Energy & Environment Committee, Director on the Media & Entertainment Committee and leads USIBC’s Fintech & Payment Platform Initiative (FPP).  Uppal further works across councils in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Division, helping to engage new industries and regional stakeholders through supporting trilateral summits, major industry forums and cross-cutting platforms for the many foreign markets that draw investment from the United States.

Prior to joining USIBC in 2013, Uppal was living abroad in Canada. She worked in the film industry in production, marketing and sales and held several research positions focused in foreign markets including: commodity chain analysis in India; financial inclusion & food security in Canada and sustainable world city development in Asia. A native of Arizona, Thea originally moved abroad to study at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. There she received her B.A. in Asian Area Studies and her M.A. in Asia Pacific Policy Studies, with a concentration in Economic and Social Change in India. While a graduate student, she also worked for the Institute of Asian Research, assigned to China-India relations and Tibetan studies and coordinated her first international summit. Thea further studied South Asian languages in India, including the art of Urdu calligraphy, Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Fine Art, Photography at the University of Arizona. Ms. Uppal lives in Northern California with her husband.