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 serves as the Assistant Secretary for Business and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to this position, Ms. Singh served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Programs in the Bureau of Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, where she was responsible for developing and promoting trade policy within the foreign policy context.

Prior to working at the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Singh served as Deputy Chief Counsel to the Republican staff of the Senate Foreign Relations committee from 2003 to 2007. In this capacity, she was responsible for economic and international trade matters, including treaties, free trade agreements, and Overseas Private Investment Corporation and World Trade Organization issues. Examples of her work include several tax treaties, bilateral investment treaties and trade legislation including the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the United States Direct Investment Act.

Prior to working for Congress, Ms. Singh was a practicing attorney at the law firms of Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Reed Smith.

Ms. Singh holds a Master of Laws Degree from the American University Washington College of Law, a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Miami.