- Former Director, U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Sidhanta Mehra is the Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Bangladesh Business Council as well as the Director for U.S.-India Business Council's Energy, Environment and Infrastructure vertical. In this expanded role across South Asia, Mehra is responsible for advancing policy transparency and business reforms, creating an open channel of engagement between the private sector and public sector leadership, and provide strategic advisory and market insights to the private sector. On South Asia, Mehra has executed various long, medium and short-term advocacy campaigns on energy, digital economy and financial services issues. He has also facilitated and led high-level delegations to Bangladesh and India featuring meeting with heads of government, cabinet officials, senior sectoral leaders, subnational officials as well as local businesses, associations, and relevant stakeholders across research, academic and think tank communities.
Previously, Mehra led 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 focused on building strategic partnerships with state governments, business groups and subnational 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 the United States.
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 Indian domestic policy and the role of Indian states in setting policy and driving development. At CSIS, Mehra 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 advocacy and engagement with the larger South Asia region including Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives.