Nisha Biswal
  • Senior Vice President, International Strategy and Global Initiatives and South Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Nisha Biswal is Senior Vice President for International Strategy and Global Initiatives and oversees South Asia programs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as president of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) and the U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council, promoting long-term commercial partnerships and leading advocacy efforts on behalf of more than 200 member companies.

Biswal served as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2013 to 2017. There she oversaw the U.S.-India strategic partnership during a period of unprecedented cooperation, including the launch of an annual U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. She also initiated the C5+1 Dialogue with Central Asia and the US-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue during her tenure as Assistant Secretary. Prior to that, Biswal was assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), directing and supervising USAID programs and operations across South, Central and Southeast Asia. She also spent over a decade on Capitol Hill, working as staff director on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations as well as professional staff on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives.

Biswal serves as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and is on the Board of the National Democratic Institute and the U.S. Institute of Peace International Advisory Council. She is a member of the USIP Afghanistan Study Group and the Aspen Institute’s India-US Track 2 Dialogue on Climate and Energy. Biswal is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied international relations and economics.