Kenneth I Juster to be next US Ambassador to India

Jun 22, 2017 09:35 IST

Kenneth I Juster to be next US Ambassador to IndiaSenior White House official Kenneth I Juster, a top aide of US President Donald Trump, is set to become America's next Ambassador to India. The announcement regarding the appointment was made by White House on 21 June 2017.

Once nominated and confirmed by the US Senate, Juster will succeed Richard Verma. Verma, the first Indian-American to head this position, put in his papers when Trump replaced Barack Obama as the President of the United States.

About Kenneth I Juster

Presently, Juster is serving as the Deputy Assistant to the US President for International Economic Affairs and as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House.

He served as Deputy Secretary of Commerce in President George W Bush’s administration.

As a Commerce Secretary, he launched the High Technology Cooperation Group to promote trade in sensitive dual-use goods and technology.

He holds a law degree from the Harvard Law School, a master’s degree in Public Policy from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard College.

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Kenneth I Juster's contribution in US-India relations

Juster, a lawyer from Harvard University, knows India well and was deeply involved in successful bilateral negotiations between the United States and India.

He was also one of the key architects of the ‘Next Steps in Strategic Partnership’ initiative between the two countries. This formed the foundation for the landmark civil nuclear agreement between the two countries in 2008.

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