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Vaman Desai

Vaman Desai

Vaman works with BGA clients across the Asia-Pacific to help them navigate and understand the public policy and strategic communications landscape in the countries where they operate. He brings a strong background in South Asia and is responsible for ensuring that client needs are met in a comprehensive and timely manner. Based in Mumbai, India, he serves as a linchpin for engagement in Maharashtra and surrounding states.

Prior to joining BGA in its Washington, D.C. office, Vaman served as a marketing executive with the Commercial Wing of the Indian Embassy in Washington. At the embassy, he focused on U.S.-India bilateral trade issues and cultivated relationships with the South Asian business community.

Before coming to the United States, Vaman served as a policy analyst to India’s minister of state for finance. During this time, he identified investment and business opportunities in India for global executives and companies. Earlier, Vaman worked as a LAMP fellow, serving as a legislative aide to a member of Parliament on public policy issues. He is well versed with the intricacies of India’s parliamentary procedures and federal polity.

Vaman received a master’s degree from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy in 2018. As a member of the South Asia Policy Research Institute and the Georgetown India Initiative, he organized major policy conferences and hosted South Asian dignitaries at the university. Vaman holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a post graduate degree in finance from the Institute of Charted Financial Analysts of India. He speaks Hindi, Urdu and elementary Marathi.

  • Prior Professional Experience
    • Marketing Executive, Embassy of India in Washington DC (Apr 2018-Oct 2018)
    • Policy Analyst to Honorable Minister of State, Ministry of Finance— Government of India (May 2015-Jun 2016)
    • Legislative Assistant to Member of Parliament, PRS Legislative Research (Apr 2014-May 2015)
    • Program Associate, Pratham Institute (Apr 2013-May 2014)
  • Areas of Expertise
    Geographic
    • India
    • South Asia
    Industries
    • Agriculture
    • Energy
    • Government Affairs
    • Manufacturing
    • Solar
    Functional Expertise
    • Government
    • Government Affairs
    • Management
    • Operations
    • Trade
  • Education
    • Georgetown University (2016-2018)— Master of Public Policy and International Trade
    • ICFAI Business School (2011-2013)— Post Graduate Programme in Management, Finance
    • Visvesvaraya Technological University (2006-2010)— Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics
  • Professional Affiliations
    • LAMP Fellowship Alumni Network
    • Georgetown India Initiative
  • Selected Publications and Presentations
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