Joe Biden appoints Native American Arun Venkataraman as head of U.S. foreign trade service


US President Joe Biden on Wednesday appointed Native American Arun Venkataraman as director general of the United States and Foreign Trade Service and deputy secretary for world markets at the Commerce Department.

According to a White House reading, Venkataraman has over 20 years of experience advising businesses, international organizations, and the US government on international trade matters.

He is currently adviser to the Secretary of Commerce, advising the ministry on trade and other international economic matters. Prior to joining the Biden-Harris administration, Arun was a senior director at Visa, a leading global government engagement strategy on a range of international policy issues, including the digital economy, trade, taxation and sanctions. .

As the first-ever director of policy in the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration under President Obama, Venkataraman helped shape the U.S. government’s responses to critical challenges facing businesses in the U.S. and in the markets. from all over the world, including China and India.

While working in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Indo-American adviser led the development and implementation of the United States-India trade policy as Director for India, for which he was awarded the agency’s Kelly Award for outstanding performance and extraordinary leadership. .

He has also served as Deputy General Counsel, representing the United States in litigation before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in negotiations on international trade agreements.

Venkataraman previously served as a lawyer at the WTO, advising the organization on a wide range of issues raised in appeals of trade disputes between countries.

Meanwhile, five other people have been appointed by Biden to fill key administrative positions – including Brian Nelson for the Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the Treasury Department, Lisa Brown for the Attorney General of the Department of the Treasury. Education and Matt Olsen for Assistant District Attorney. General, National Security Division of the Ministry of Justice. (ANI)


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