President Donald Trump
has nominated Kenneth Juster, a top economic aide and one of the key architects of the historic Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, to be the next US ambassador to India.
sent Juster’s nomination to US Senate
and a confirmation hearing is likely soon.
Juster, 62, played a key role in enhancing Indo-US ties under the Bush
administration. He would replace Richard Verma
as the top American diplomat
to India if his name were confirmed.
The position has been vacant since January 20, after Verma put in his papers, as Trump
took over as US president. Juster served as the undersecretary of commerce for industry and security from 2001 to 2005 and was also the deputy assistant to Trump
economic affairs and deputy director of the National Economic Council from January this year.
In the private sector, he has been a partner at investment firm Warburg Pincus LLC, executive vice-president at Salesforce.com, and senior partner at the law firm Arnold & Porter. He has also served as chairman of Harvard
University's Weatherhead Center for International
Affairs, and as vice-chairman of The Asia Foundation.
Juster holds a law degree from Harvard
Law School, a master's degree in public policy from the John F Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard, and a bachelor's degree in government from Harvard
Last Friday, the president had announced his intent to nominate Juster as his top envoy to India. He sent the nomination to the Senate yesterday.