Indian-American to save US economy?

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Washington, Oct 7: On Monday, Oct 6 the US Treasury Secretary Paulson appointed Neel Kashkari, an Indian American to head the key office of Financial Stability, the bureau that will oversee the $700 bn bailout package to rescue the plummeting US Economy.

Kashkari, an Indian American by birth has his roots in Jammu Kashmir of India. As the Interim Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Financial Stability pursuant to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 he will oversee the Office of Financial Stability, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program said the Treasury Secretary in a statement on Monday, Oct 6. Neel Kashkari's full appointment would need Senate confirmation and this is unlikely to come about given the time constraints, it is being pointed out.

Thirty five-year-old Kashkari is currently Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for International Economics and Development where he is responsible for developing and executing policies for the Department to foster a more conducive investment climate for the US, as well as to support global economic growth.

He joined the Treasury Department in July 2006 as Senior Advisor to Secretary Paulson and prior to joining the Treasury he was a vice president at Goldman, Sachs & Co in San Francisco, where he led Goldman's IT Security

Investment Banking practice, advising public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions and financial transactions.

Born in Akron, Ohio, Kashkari graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Engineering. He also received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School.


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