Sumona Guha is a Vice President at ASG, where she draws on nearly twenty years of experience in Europe and South Asia to advise firm clients on market entry and expansion, including political and regulatory strategies. During her 18 years in the U.S. government she served in the Office of the Vice President of the United States, the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning office, as well as in U.S. embassies in Moscow and Paris.
She also served as Senior Director at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), where she focused on infrastructure, energy, and manufacturing and launched an Indo-Pacific initiative to promote economic connectivity across the region.
While at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Guha spent four years on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff with responsibility for South Asia, and was a Senior Advisor and Deputy Director for Afghanistan Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to that, Ms. Guha served in the White House as Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia in the Office of the Vice President. Ms. Guha also served in the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs as a Special Assistant for Europe and Eurasia. She spent a year as a Pearson Foreign Affairs Fellow in the U.S. Senate.
Earlier in her State Department career, Ms. Guha served as an economist in the Office of Russian Affairs; Watch Officer at the Operations Center; Political Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations; Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris; and Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.
An expert on Europe and South Asia, Ms. Guha is regularly interviewed on international relations by Bloomberg.
Ms. Guha received an M.A. in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University. She speaks Bengali, French, and Russian.
She is based in Washington, DC.