Atul Keshap appointed as the President of US-India Business Council, said – will strengthen business relations between the two countries

Indian-origin Atul Keshap has been the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. He was the second Indian-origin diplomat to be appointed to the area after Richard Rahul Verma.

Atul Keshap (Photo- ANI)

The US Chamber of Commerce has appointed senior diplomat Atul Keshap as the chairman of the US-India Business Council (USIBC). The Chamber announced that his appointment would be effective from January 5. He has replaced Nisha Desai Biswal. The council is part of the US Chamber of Commerce. Atul Keshap has worked in the US State Department for a long time. Keshap has served in the US Embassy in India as ‘Charge d’Affair’ (Interim Ambassador).

Atul Keshap has served in many senior positions in the US government. He said that he is excited to work towards further strengthening the relationship between the US and India. He said, “India and its people have a special place in my heart. I believe there will be no better place than to serve as President of USIBC, which is meant to enhance business ties between the two countries.”

Myron Brilliant, Executive Vice President of the US Chamber of Commerce and Head of the International Division, said, “We are delighted to have Ambassador Keshap as the next President of USIBC. His deep expertise and deep global network will take the organization to even greater heights.”

Indian-origin Atul Keshap has been the US ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. He was the second Indian-origin diplomat to be appointed to the area after Richard Rahul Verma. The roots of Keshap are associated with Punjab. His father Keshap Chander Sen lived in Punjab. He later went on to work in Nigeria as a UN Development Economist. Atul was born in Nigeria in 1971.

Atul’s mother, Joe Calvert, has been in the US Foreign Service. He met Sen in London and the two got married. Joe has also served in the US Embassy in India. Atul speaks and understands Hindi. Atul Keshap has worked as a special assistant for Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.

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