Nisha Biswal

Nisha Biswal is a Senior Advisor with ASG, where she draws on nearly three decades of experience to help clients of the firm’s South Asia practice expand and strengthen their business operations in the region. 

Ms. Biswal served as Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State (2013-2017) where she formulated U.S. foreign policy and managed relations with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. In this role, she led economic connectivity and regional security initiatives and the outreach to the newly elected Modi government.  She also launched the U.S.-Sri Lanka Partnership Dialogue, and was the architect of the C5+1 diplomatic platform between the U.S. and the five countries of Central Asia to advance shared goals of combating terrorism, promoting sustainable economic growth and addressing environmental challenges.  

Previously, Ms. Biswal served as Assistant Administrator for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she oversaw $1.2 billion in assistance to 22 nations and managed over 1,200 domestic and overseas staff. In addition to several other roles within the USAID, Ms. Biswal has held positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, the INTERACTION-American Council for Voluntary Action, and the American Red Cross. 

Ms. Biswal is a current Board Member for the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a non-profit organization which works with local governments, residents and the private sector to support climate resilient and sustainable growth in the United States and Asia. She has also served on the Board of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

She earned a BA from the University of Virginia, and speaks Spanish, Hindi, and Gujarati.

Ms. Biswal is based in Washington, DC.