Shamina Singh, a successful Indian-American businesswoman, has been nominated by President Joe Biden to join the President’s Export Council, the highest-ranking federal advisory body on international commerce.
Singh, the President and Founder of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, has expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to serve on the President’s Export Council, calling its members “eminent leaders in their fields.”
On July 14, the White House released a statement saying that President Biden would be appointing Singh to the position.
Singh said, “I am deeply honored to be invited to serve on the President’s Export Council alongside so many distinguished business leaders.”
The President’s Export Council is the highest-level federal trade advising body. Business, industry, agriculture, labor, and government are all represented on the Council in order to advise the president on trade policies and programs, increase exports, and find solutions to trade-related issues.
According to her stated remark on Mastercard’s website, she has always been drawn to work that “helps create long-lasting and inclusive prosperity for people and economies in the US and around the world.”
Singh is on the Management Committee and serves as the company’s Executive Vice President of Sustainability.
Her innovative social impact methodology makes use of public and private sector assets, drawing on her over 20 years of international expertise. Mastercard established the Mastercard Impact Fund in 2018 with an initial investment of USD 500 million. Singh was elected president and tasked with putting those charitable donations to work to expand economic opportunity and financial security around the world.
That experience, especially at Mastercard, taught me how interaction between the public and private sectors may pave the way for more opportunities than other methods. In my experience, collaboration across industries can have a significant multiplier effect. She stated her excitement at the prospect of bringing her unique viewpoint to the Council, working with the Administration, and promoting U.S. economic interests abroad.
Singh has served in prominent roles in both the White House and the United States Congress, demonstrating his dedication to public service. Singh oversaw the inaugural Presidential Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as its executive director. In 2015, President Obama nominated her to serve a six-year term on the AmeriCorps board, and the Senate unanimously approved her nomination. For two years, she led the group as its chair.
Singh is on the Advisory Boards of the Aspen Institute Civil Society Fellowship and the New York Department of Financial Services Innovation, and he co-chairs the Ad Council of America’s Advisory Committee on Public Issues.
Singh attended the Indian School of Business in addition to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford.
Old Dominion University granted her a Bachelor of Science, and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas in Austin granted her a Master of Public Affairs. Both universities honored her as an Alumna of Distinction.
With Singh’s appointment, the number of Indian Americans holding high-profile positions in the Biden administration increases by one. Over 150 Indian Americans hold high-ranking positions, setting a new record.
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