Radhika leads the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs efforts to promote policies and diplomatic outreach to advance inclusive and equitable growth in economies across the South and Central Asian region. In this position, she also serves as Executive Director of the U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment. Radhika previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor and as a Special Assistant in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at the State Department. Her work resulted in the Department’s first policies to promote women’s economic empowerment in major trade agreements, strategic dialogues, and public-private partnerships in both South Asia and Iraq. Radhika has also held positions at the World Bank, United Nations Development Program and the Inter-American Development Bank, focusing on innovation, climate change and small and medium enterprise development.
Radhika is a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2019, she was named a 2019 AAPI American National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader by New America and the Diversity in National Security Network. She is the recipient of the Department’s Superior Honor Award and several Meritorious Honor Awards. Radhika holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Boston College.