Manpreet Singh Anand serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. Mr. Anand oversees U.S. policy towards and diplomatic relations with the South Asian countries within the bureau: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Immediately prior to taking on this portfolio, he oversaw Regional Affairs within SCA.
Mr. Anand joined the State Department from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Asia Bureau. At USAID, his responsibilities included providing strategic direction and management oversight for the South and Central Asia region, consisting of staff and programming budgets across six USAID Missions and eleven countries. Mr. Anand also led efforts to elevate and engage strategic partnerships in the region, including with the private sector, emerging Asian donors, regional initiatives and diaspora communities.
In the past, Mr. Anand worked for Chevron Corporation as a Senior Policy Advisor and provided policy analysis and guidance on emerging geopolitical and socioeconomic issues. Mr. Anand has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor for South and Central Asia issues on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs and has worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Mr. Anand also had a previous stint with USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Global Development Alliance.
Mr. Anand is a Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Trustee on the Board of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, a Member of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Center for Responsible Business Alumni Advisory Board, and was a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mr. Anand earned an MBA and an MA in International Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.