Mehnaz Ansari

United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Senior Regional Representative - South Asia, Indo-Pacific Region

Ms. Mehnaz Ansari is the Senior Regional Representative- South Asia for United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), based at the US Embassy in New Delhi. She is responsible for managing USTDA’s South Asia office and supports USTDA activities in advancing US government’s development priorities, US industry trade interest and US government foreign policy objectives. Mehnaz is responsible for expanding the USTDA portfolio for South Asia including India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Bhutan and Afghanistan. Besides advancing agencies priority projects in Civil Aviation and Clean Energy, Mehnaz has been instrumental in introducing new sectors in the region with projects in Rail, Ports, Inland Waterways, Smart Cities, Oil and Gas, Healthcare, Digital, Executive Education, Financial Services, and Public Procurement training through agency’s Global Procurement Initiative by collaborating with South Asian countries. She leads the agency’s discussion on Global Partnership on Climate Change launched by President Biden in 2021 with India and recently helped launch US-India Climate Technology Action Group working with India’s Private Sector. She works with various multilaterals such as the World Bank to ensure implementation of the projects is defined. She leads USTDA’s dialogue on Smart Cities with Government of India, USTDA’s Virtual Business Engagement group and is a member of the agency’s Global ICT Sector Team.

Sessions With Mehnaz Ansari

Friday, 22 October

  • 04:00pm - 04:30pm (IST) / 22/oct/2021 10:30 am - 22/oct/2021 11:00 am

    Supply Chains for Low-carbon Deployment in India

    Live Stream

    The Covid-19 pandemic showed the weakness of geographically concentrated supply chains. The post-pandemic recovery offers an opportunity for India to build capacity to deliver the clean energy supply chains of the future. Future growth in deployment of renewables, CCUS, storage, and hydrogen bring together the domestic ambition of Make in India with the global quest for sustainable, resilient, and clean energy. What are the critical elements needed to establish supply chains for low-carbon deployment in India? What are India’s natural advantages to build resilient low-carbon supply chains? What are the barriers that need to be addressed to attract investment into low-carbon supply chains in India? What best practices, in India and globally, can be applied to build the future clean energy supply chains?