Trump appoints Indian-American diplomat Manisha Singh as envoy to OECD

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Making yet another Indian-American appointment, US President Donald Trump appointed senior diplomat, Manisha Singh as America’s next envoy to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development or OECD.

Singh, 49, is currently serving as Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department.

She previously served as the Acting Under Secretary of Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment, and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs at the State Department. Singh also previously served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Manisha Singh was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of State in November 2017. She lead a team of over 200 employees in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs which also serves as the home bureau for economic officers posted in embassies around the world.

She was the first woman appointed to the role and is responsible for advancing American prosperity, entrepreneurship and innovation worldwide.

Her focus has included promoting American technology through a series of innovation roundtables and developing an initiative focused on women’s economic empowerment– Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER).

She received the Distinguished Travel Champion Award in 2019 from the U.S. Travel Association for promoting travel-friendly policies.

She was the Senior Fellow for International Economic Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council and was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

According to the White House, her private sector experience includes practicing law at multinational law firms and working in-house at an investment bank.

She earned an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the American University Washington College of Law, a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law, and a B.A. from the University of Miami. In addition, she studied at the University of Leiden Law School in the Netherlands.

Headquartered in Paris, France, the OECD is an intergovernmental economic organization with 36 member countries to stimulate economic progress and world trade. The goal of the organization according to their website, is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all.