Event Details

Friday, December 8, 2017

Reception Honoring U.S. Department of State Regional and Country Desk Officers featuring The Honorable Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs

Event Information

Date & time

Friday, December 8, 2017
3:00 pm ‑ 5:00 pm


Matthew Calardo at (202) 595-2669 or

This is a networking reception with newly assigned desk officers from all six regional bureaus (Africa, East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Eurasia, Near East, South & Central Asia, and Western Hemisphere). This is an important annual event that helps strengthen coordination between the Department and the private sector. It also allows BCIU and its members to show their appreciation for the important role that these officers play in support of U.S. Commercial interests.



Manisha Singh was confirmed by the Senate and sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State on November 22, 2017. She leads a team of over 200 employees in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. She is the first woman appointed to the role and is responsible for advancing American prosperity worldwide.

Ms. Singh previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs. She also served as a senior aide to members of Congress and as Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Her private sector experience includes practicing law at multinational law firms and working in-house at an investment bank. She was also the Senior Fellow for International Economic Affairs at the American Foreign Policy Council as well as a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Ms. Singh completed a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies, with concentration in international trade, at the American University Washington College of Law in 1996. While completing this degree, she worked in the Office of General Counsel at the United States International Trade Commission. Her educational background also includes earning a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law in 1994 and completing a Certificate at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. She earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors at the University of Miami in 1991.