Ambassador Richard Verma is a senior advisor at the South Asia Center, as well as vice chair and partner at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s growth in South Asia. He previously served as the US Ambassador to India from 2014 to 2017, where he is credited for the historic deepening of bilateral ties. A leading expert on trade and diplomacy in Asia, Ambassador Verma brings 25 years of experience across senior levels of business, law, diplomacy, and the military.

Nominated as US Ambassador to India by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate, Ambassador Verma oversaw one of the largest US diplomatic missions in the world, including four consulates with staff from nearly every agency in the US Government. Ambassador Verma was previously the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs, where he led the State Department’s efforts on Capitol Hill. He served for many years as the Senior National Security Advisor to the Senate Majority Leader and is a veteran of the US Air Force, where he served on active duty as a Judge Advocate.

In addition to his role at The Asia Group, Ambassador Verma is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The Ambassador also co-chairs the Center for American Progress’ US-India Task Force.

Ambassador Verma is the recipient of the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award, the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, and the Chief Justice John Marshall Lifetime Achievement Award. He holds degrees from the Georgetown University Law Center (LLM), American University’s Washington College of Law (JD), and Lehigh University (BS).