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Our Mission

The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) is committed to creating the most powerful strategic partnership between the U.S. and India. Promoting bilateral trade is an important part of our work, but our mission reaches far beyond this. It is about business and government coming together in new ways to create meaningful opportunities that have the power to change the lives of citizens. We are entering a new era based on a strategic partnership between the U.S. and India – one where we will work closely together with business and government leaders to achieve our goals of driving economic growth, job creation, innovation, inclusion, and entrepreneurship.


US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) Announces Hiring of Keith Webster as Senior Vice President, Defense and Aerospace

Washington, D.C., Oct. 2, 2017: The US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF)announced today that Keith Webster has joined the Forum as Senior Vice President for Defense and Aerospace to further strengthen defense relations between the United States and India. View Full Press Release >

US-India Strategic Partnership Forum Launched to Further Enhance Relationship Between Two Countries

New organization to build on partnership opportunity at pivotal moment in U.S.-India relations

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2017 – Today marks the official launch of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF), a nonprofit corporation focused on stimulating business relations between the U.S. and India, and enhancing the strategic relationship between the two countries. India's Finance and Defense Minister Arun Jaitley will officially unveil the new organization at a launch event this evening in New Delhi. View Full Press Release >

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Our Team


Dr. Mukesh Aghi

Mukesh Aghi is the President of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum. Dr. Aghi has extensive experience working with business and government leaders in the U.S. and India to promote trade and strengthen ties between the two countries. He also currently serves as a trustee at Claremont Graduate University.

Previously, Dr. Aghi served as Chief Executive and Member of the Board at L&T Infotech where he expanded the business on a global level. During his time at Steria, Inc. (India), Dr. Aghi served as Chairman and CEO of the Asia-Pacific region. Additionally, Dr. Aghi was the founding CEO of Universitas 21 Global, the world’s largest consortium of research-led universities and global leader in providing post-graduate online education. He was also the President of IBM India for IBM Corporation, and spent time working with Ariba, Inc. and JD Edwards & Co.

Dr. Aghi holds several degrees, including an advanced management diploma from Harvard Business School, a Ph.D. in international relations from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA in international marketing from Andrews University, and a BA in business administration from the Middle East College, Beirut, Lebanon.

As a fluent speaker in many international languages, Dr. Aghi was recognized by Esquire Magazine as a Global Leader and has won many awards over the course of his professional career, including the J. R. D. Tata Leadership Award. In his free time, Dr. Aghi is a major marathon and mountaineering enthusiast. He has competed in over 27 international marathons and climbed some of the highest peaks in North America and Europe.

Chief Operating Officer

Gaurav Verma

As the Chief Operating Officer of the newly formed US-India Strategic Partnership Forum, Gaurav Verma supervises day-to-day operations, oversees the revenue, and coordinates the strategic management of the Forum’s various programs and initiatives. He provides leadership and direct management oversight to the Forum’s team and engages senior leaders across member companies, government stakeholders, and the Forum’s Board of Directors.

Prior to this role, Gaurav worked for over a decade to help solve problems for U.S. companies as they did business in India, providing a forum for senior industry and government leaders in both countries to meet their foreign counterparts. He has experience in global business development, growth, strategy, day-to-day management, and digital economy portfolio execution for non-profit organizations, as well as Board of Director relations and oversight. He also created a coalition for jobs and growth to ensure that American businesses have access to international expertise needed to continuously drive economic growth and job creation.

Gaurav is an Advisory Council Member of the Global Institutional Investors Forum in Mauritius, Advisory Council Member of One Globe “Uniting Knowledge Communities” in New Delhi, and a Member of the Board of Women’s Education Project (WEP) in New York.

Gaurav holds an MBA in finance and investments from City University New York, as well as a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree from Delhi University in India.

Managing Director, India

Nivedita Mehra

Nivedita Mehra is the Managing Director of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and leads the Forum's operations in India.

A lawyer by training, Nivedita has spent over a decade working in U.S.-India relations in locations ranging from Washington DC to India. Nivedita has been recognized many times over by both the U.S. and India governments for her significant work in supporting and growing the commercial and strategic partnership between the countries.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in international relations and political economics from Clark University, as well as a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from Delhi University Law School.

Nivedita is fluent in English, Hindi, Punjabi, and Bengali.

Shruti Nagpal

Associate Director,
Program & Policy

Siddharth Aryan

Associate Director,
Energy & Infrastructure

Gauri Datta

Senior Manager, CSR and
Media & Entertainment

Jason Starr

Director, Business Development and New York

Amal Sivaji

Senior Manager,

Akal Brar


Shagufta Kamran

Associate Director,

Tushar Madan

Program Coordinator

Mr. Keith Webster

Senior Vice-President

Nina Anand


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Board of Directors

John T. Chambers


Executive Chairman, Cisco

Punit Renjen


Deloitte Global CEO
Deloitte Touche
Tohmatsu Limited

Edward (Ed) Monser


President, Emerson Electric

Amb. Susan (Sue) Esserman

Board Member

Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

Ajay Banga

Board Member

President & CEO, MasterCard

Sec. William Cohen

Board Member

Chairman & CEO,
The Cohen Group

Purna Saggurti

Board Member

Chairman of Global Corporate & Investment Banking,
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Indra Nooyi

Board Member

Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo

Amb. Frank Wisner

Board Member

International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs

Amit Midha


Dell EMC

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We are growing our teams across five locations, including New Delhi, Mumbai, New York, Washington DC, and Silicon Valley. Stay tuned for key positions at USISPF.