Synopsis: Door Knock to Washington D.C. Tuesday 7th October – Friday 10th October 2014

Wednesday, 8th October

• Briefing with Ambassador Tim Roemer, Senior Director & Strategic Counselor, Global Political Strategies, APCO Worldwide (former US Ambassador to India).

Others present included:


  • Mr. Philippe Maze-Sencier, Executive Director, APCO
  • Mr. Cliff Stearns, Senior Advisor, APCO
  • Ms. Sarab Kochhar, Director of Research, Institute for Public Relations
  • Mr. Joshua Walker, Director – Global Programs, Office of the CEO, APCO


Ambassador Roemer briefed the group regarding the outcome of the recent meetings between President Barak Obama and Prime Minister Modi and discussed the way forward.

• Met with Mr. Arun Kumar, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce

Others present included:


  • Mr. Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA
  • Ms. Holly Vineyard, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia
  • Ms. Valerie Dees, Director, Office of South Asia
  • Mr. Erol Yesin, International Trade Specialist, Office of South Asia
  • Ms. Noor Sclafani, International Trade Specialist, Office of South Asia

• Met with Mr. Rory MacFarquhar, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for International Economics, National Security Council Staff, Executive Office of the President

• Met with Ms. Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Others present included:

  • Ms. Kate Rebholz, Economic Unit Chief, Office of India Affairs, Department of State
  • Mr. Matthew Beh, EB Desk Officer, Department of State

• Met with Ms. Elizabeth Littlefield, President & CEO, Overseas Private INVESTMENT Corporation.

Others present included:

  • Ms. Carolyn Keating, Director, Private Equity, OPIC

• Dinner hosted by Amcham. Special guests will be invited from USG.

Thursday, 9th October

• Met with Dr. Amy Searight, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia, Department of Defense, at The Pentagon

Others present included:

  • Ms. Brittany Billingsley, India Country Director, Office of the Secretary of Defense (Policy) APSA / South & Southeast Asia

• Met with Mr. Matthew Warren, Director, International Armaments Cooperation, at The Pentagon

Others present included:

  • Mr. Duncan Lang, Africa and India Desk Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) International Cooperation
  • Mr. Kevin Zhou, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology & Logistics) International Cooperation

• Met with Mr. Fred Hochberg, Chairman, Export-Import Bank of the U.S.

Others present included:

  • Ms. Patricia M. Loui, Director, Member Board of Directors
  • Ms. Claudia Slacik, Chief Banking Officer, Senior Vice President – Export FINANCE
  • Mr. Gaurab Bansal, Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Mr. Robert A. Morin, Senior Vice President, Business & Product Development
  • Mr. Craig S. O’Connor, Director of Business Development Alternate Energy Group, Project & Structured FINANCE Division
  • Ms. Kate Bishop, Business Development Officer, Global Business Development

• Met with Mr. Puneet Talwar, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

• Met with Ms. Lee Zak, Director, United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Others present included:

  • Mr. Henry Steingass, Regional Director for South and Southeast Asia
  • Ms. Katherine Michaud, Country Manager, South Asia and Southeast Asia

• USIBC 39TH Annual General Meeting


Friday, 10th October

• Met with Ambassador Robert Holleyman, Deputy, United States Trade Reprenestative.

Others present included:

  • Mr. Michael J. Delaney, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South Asia, USTR
  • Ms. Dawn Shackleford, Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for India, USTR

• Met with Mr. Mark Brunner, National Security Advisor, Office of Senator Mark Warner.

Others present included:

  • Ms. Rosie Heiss, National Security Fellow, Office of Senator Mark Warner

Amcham Door Knock Participants

  • Ms. Kaku Nakhate, President & Country Head, Bank of America
  • Mr. Sanjay Banerjee, Regional Managing Director – South Asia, Zimmer India
  • Mr. Nikhil Khanna, Country Director & Sr. Executive India, Raytheon International
  • Mr. Bryan Lopp, Director of International Operations & Policy, Boeing
  • Mr. Greg Mallon, Director – International Operations, Boeing
  • Mr. Madan Mohan, Executive Chairman, S&P Capital IQ
  • Mr. Shyam Mohan, President & Managing Director – India & Middle East, Griffith Laboratories Inc.
  • Ms. Leah Perry, Director of Global Government and Public Policy, McGraw Hill Financial
  • Mr. Samit Ray, Director – Government Affairs, United Technologies Corporation
  • Mr. Jonathan Reeve, Executive Managing Director, S&P Capital IQ
  • Mr. Del Renigar, Senior Counsel – Global Government Affairs & Policy, GE
  • Mr. Palash Roy Chowdhury, Country Manager – India, Pratt & Whitney, UTC
  • Mr. Phil Shaw, Chief Executive – India, Lockheed Martin India
  • Mr. Manohar Thyagaraj, Head, Business Development –Electronic Systems and Corporate Affairs, BAE Systems India
  • Ms. Debra Waggoner, Director – Global Government Affairs, Corning
  • Mr. Ajay Singha, Executive Director, Amcham India
  • Ms. Valerie Swope, Program Coordinator, Amcham India
  • Ms. Mamta Uppal, Membership Manager, Amcham India