Two Indian-Americans appointed to US Trade Policy and Negotiations Advisory Committee by Biden


WASHINGTON: On Friday, The US President ‘Joe Biden’ appointed two Indian-Americans to the United States Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. The appointees are Revathi Advaithi, the CEO of Flex, and Manish Bapna, the CEO of the Natural Resources Defence Council.

Biden made an announcement on Friday, revealing his plan to nominate 14 individuals to serve on the Advisory Committee. This committee is responsible for providing comprehensive policy guidance to the United States Trade Representative on matters related to the development, implementation, and administration of US trade policy.

The White House has specified that matters such as defining negotiation objectives and bargaining positions before entering into trade agreements, the aftermath of implementing trade agreements, the operation of such trade agreements, and other relevant matters linked with the development, implementation, and administration of US trade policy, all fall under its purview.

Flex, led by CEO Revathi Advaithi, is the preferred worldwide manufacturing partner, dedicated to enabling an assorted clientele to construct and create products that enhance our world.

According to the White House, since taking on the position in 2019, Advaithi has been accountable for designing the company’s strategic course and guiding Flex through a revolution that is shaping a novel epoch in manufacturing.

Before assuming the role of Flex’s president, Advaithi held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer for the electrical sector of Eaton, a corporation that boasts over USD 20 billion in sales and a workforce of 102,000 individuals.

In addition to her tenure at Eaton’s electrical sector in the Americas and Honeywell, she presently sits on the Board of Directors for both Uber and

As a Co-Chair of the Advanced Manufacturing CEO Community at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Advaithi has also become a member of the WEF Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders.

For four consecutive years, she secured a coveted spot on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in their Business Ranking list and was also recognized as one of India’s Most Powerful Women by Business Today. Her academic qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the prestigious Birla Institute of Technology and Science, as well as an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

The White House has acknowledged the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) for spearheading several noteworthy environmental achievements over the last 50 years, thanks to Manish Bapna’s leadership as President and CEO. These accomplishments include the establishment of crucial environmental legislation, landmark legal triumphs, and pioneering research.

Bapna’s 25 years of professional experience have been dedicated to addressing poverty and climate change. His leadership skills have been honed in devising long-term solutions that are fair, long-lasting, and expandable. He most recently held the position of Executive Vice President and Managing Director at the World Resources Institute, a research institution that prioritizes the interplay between environmental and human development issues. He served in this role for over 14 years.

Trained as an economist, he initially gained experience at both McKinsey & Company and the World Bank. However, his passion for advocacy led him to the Bank Information Centre. He has a master’s degree in economics and political economic development from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the White House reported.

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