Nisha Biswal is DFC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Biswal was nominated by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on July 27, 2023.
Ms. Biswal brings over 30 years of experience in U.S. foreign policy and international development programs, including in the Executive Branch, Congress, and the private sector.
Prior to joining DFC, Ms. Biswal served as the senior vice president for international strategy and global initiatives at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and oversaw the U.S. India Business Council and the U.S. Bangladesh Business Council.
Ms. Biswal served as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State from 2013 to 2017. There, she oversaw the U.S.-India strategic partnership during a period of unprecedented cooperation, including the launch of an annual U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. She also initiated the C5+1 Dialogue with Central Asia and the U.S.-Bangladesh Partnership Dialogue during her tenure as Assistant Secretary. Prior to that, Ms. Biswal was assistant administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), directing and supervising USAID programs and operations across South, Central, and Southeast Asia. She also spent over a decade on Capitol Hill, working as staff director on the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee on Appropriations as well as professional staff on the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives.
Ms. Biswal previously served as the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and on the Board of the National Democratic Institute and the U.S. Institute of Peace International Advisory Council. She also was a member of the USIP Afghanistan Study Group and the Aspen Institute’s India-US Track 2 Dialogue on Climate and Energy.
Ms. Biswal is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied international relations and economics.