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Biden appoints Indian American Arun Venkataraman as Assistant Secretary of Commerce

Venkataraman will lead a team of over 1,400 employees strategically located in 106 offices across the United States and 78 markets abroad, supporting US companies in markets representing 95% of global GDP and 97% of US trade. (REUTERS)Premium
Venkataraman will lead a team of over 1,400 employees strategically located in 106 offices across the United States and 78 markets abroad, supporting US companies in markets representing 95% of global GDP and 97% of US trade. (REUTERS)

  • Venkataraman was appointed by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the US Senate on April 7 to lead the federal government’s efforts to promote exports abroad and attract inward investment

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Indian-American international trade policy expert Arun Venkataraman has been sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the US and Foreign Commercial Service for the International Trade Administration, as per news agency PTI report.

As per the official release, Arun Venkataraman was appointed by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the US Senate on April 7 to lead the federal government’s efforts to promote exports abroad and attract inward investment.

Venkataraman will now lead a team of over 1,400 employees strategically located in 106 offices across the United States and 78 markets abroad, supporting US companies in markets representing 95% of global GDP and 97% of US trade.

This includes over a thousand career professionals that specialise in export promotion, commercial diplomacy and foreign direct investment to help US companies expand into international markets and attract foreign direct investment into the United States.

Gina Raimondo Secretary of Commerce on Monday said, "Arun’s expertise in trade law and commercial policy will be an invaluable asset as the Commerce Department helps US businesses and workers recover and come back stronger from the economic toll inflicted by Covid-19."

"His experience and leadership helping the US public and private sector navigate and overcome critical trade challenges has earned him respect both inside and out of government as well as with the team he is now assigned to lead. I look forward to working with him in his new role," the commerce secretary said.

Here's what you need to know about Arun Venkataraman:

  • Arun Venkataraman has over 20 years of experience advising companies, international organisations and the US government on international trade issues. 
  • Earlier, he served as the counsellor to the secretary of commerce, advising the department on trade and other international economic matters.
  • Before joining the Biden administration, he was a senior director at Visa, leading a global government engagement strategy on a range of international policy issues, including digital economy, trade, tax and sanctions.
  • He also served in the Obama administration as the International Trade Administration's director of policy.
  • In addition to this, he has had an extensive legal career, including serving as a legal officer for the World Trade Organisation and Trade and Investment Policy Advisor at Steptoe and Johnson LLP.
  • He also served as a law clerk for Judge Jane A Restani at the US Court of International Trade.
  • Venkataraman holds a Juris Doctor (JD) from Columbia Law School, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from Tufts University.
  • "In over 20 years working in the field of trade, I have seen first-hand the value that American companies and workers offer in every corner of the globe," said Venkataraman in a press release.

(With inputs from agencies)

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