Senior White House official Kenneth Juster was on 27 October 2017 confirmed as the United States (US) Ambassador to India by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee through a voice vote.
Juster will succeed Richard Verma, the first Indian-American to head this position. Verma resigned from the post on 20 January 2017 with the swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.
The position has been lying vacant since then.
About Kenneth Juster
• Earlier, Juster served 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.
• Juster 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 that formed the foundation for the landmark civil nuclear agreement between the two countries in 2008.
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