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Kenneth Juster sworn in as US Ambassador to India

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Kenneth Juster is expected to visit India ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) where President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will be leading the US delegation.

Kenneth Juster. Credit: LinkedIn.

Kenneth Juster, President Donald Trump’s appointment for US Ambassador to India, has been sworn in. Juster’s appointment was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate earlier this month.

“Congrats, Ken Juster, the new US Ambassador to India!” tweeted Vice President Mike Pence. “The ties between the United States and India run deep, and @POTUS & I are confident that with his leadership, integrity & experience, Ken will build an even stronger partnership that will benefit our nation & our people,” Pence added.

“Welcome to #IncredibleIndia! We cannot wait for you to experience the extraordinary culture and history of this amazing country,” said US Embassy in India in a tweet.

Juster is expected to visit India ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) where President Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump will be leading the US delegation. The Summit will take place in Hyderabad.

Juster, who has great knowledge about the US-India relationship and profound experience working on India policy issues, will replace former ambassador Richard Verma who resigned after the Trump administration took charge.

The 62-year-old Juster was serving as the international deputy to White House’s National Economic Council when he was nominated for the position on September 5.

Juster’s career has spanned over 35 years in government, law, business, finance, and international affairs. He served in senior positions in the Department of State and Department of Commerce, practiced law at the firm Arnold & Porter as a senior partner, and was a senior executive at the software company salesforce.com.

The diplomat also played a pivotal role in laying out the foundation for the civil nuclear agreement between India and the US, thus taking the relationship to the next level.

Juster is the founder of the US Chair of the US-India High Technology Cooperation Group and was one of the chief architects of the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership, an initiative between the United States and India.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College, a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a law degree from the Harvard Law School.