US President Barack Obama nominated Richard Rahul Verma as new US envoy to India
US President Barack Obama nominated Richard Rahul Verma as the next US Ambassador to India.
US President Barack Obama on 18 September 2014 nominated Indian-American Richard Rahul Verma as the next US Ambassador to India. The US Embassy in New Delhi is currently headed by a Charge d'affaires Kathleen Stephens.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Richard Rahul Verma will be the first Indian-American to serve the top US diplomatic position in India.
Richard Rahul Verma
• Richard Rahul Verma was born in 1969. His parents hail from the state of Punjab in India and moved from north India to USA in 1960s.
• He graduated from Georgetown University, Lehigh University and American University.
• Richard Rahul Verma served on active duty in the US Air Force from 1994 to 1998 and received the Meritorious Service Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal.
• He was Senior National Security Advisor, Counsel and Foreign Policy Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid from 2002 to 2007.
• He was partner at a private company Steptoe and Johnson LLP from 2007 to 2009.
• He served on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Proliferation and Terrorism in 2008.
• From 2009 to 2011, Verma served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs at the Department of State.
• Presently, he is the Senior Counsellor at Steptoe & Johnson LLP and Albright Stonebridge Group. Moreover, he serves on the boards of Human Rights First, the Clinton Foundation, and the National Democratic Institute.