Indian-American economist figures in Obama's list of advisers

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Washington, Nov 7 (UNI) Indian-American economist Sonal Shah figures in the list of advisers that US President-elect Barack Obama announced, to help him constitute his administration scheduled to assume office on January 20.

Ms Shah (40) works for on their Global Development team. She is working there on defining their global development strategy.

Prior to, she was Vice-President at Goldman, Sachs and Co and developed and implemented the firm's environmental strategy.

Ms Shah is also the co-founder of Indicorps, a US-based non-profit organisation offering one-year fellowships for Americans of Indian origin to work on specific development projects in India.

As the former Associate Director for Economic and National Security Policy at the Centre for American Progress, Sonal worked on trade, outsourcing and post-conflict reconstruction issues.

Prior to joining the Centre, she was the Director of Programs and Operations at the Centre for Global Development, managing the daily operations and serving as a strategic adviser to the President.

She also developed and managed policy and advocacy programs for the Centre. Before that she worked for eight years at the Department of Treasury on various economic issues and regions of the world.

The Indian-American was the Director of the office covering sub-Saharan Africa, worked in Bosnia and Kosovo after the war, and served as the senior adviser to the Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary at the Department of Treasury during the Asian financial crisis.


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