Hemal Shah is a nonresident fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Asia Program, focusing on U.S.-India trade relations and the Indo-Pacific strategy. Most recently, she served as director for India and emerging markets at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center. Previously, she led the U.S.-India Business Council’s advocacy efforts in trade facilitation, supply-chain infrastructure, and smart-cities policies. She also led the council’s private-sector efforts on the U.S.-India-Japan trilateral and explored synergies for similar partnerships with Israel and Taiwan.
Before her work with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, she served as research associate for India and South Asia with the American Enterprise Institute in Washington. She previously managed the Legatum Institute’s global economic transitions program in London, was a scholar with the Takshashila Institution in Bangalore, and a researcher with the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva.
Ms. Shah has an interest in leveraging foreign-policy partnerships to create business synergies. She has been a scholar with the German Marshall Fund’s Young Strategists Forum in Japan, the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Taiwan-US Policy Program, and the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange in Israel, speaking on India’s economic relations with these countries. She was recognized as the 2018-19 Emerging Leader by the Association of Women In International Trade, a non-profit organization, and co-chaired their practice area for intellectual property in Washington. She has published widely on Indian economic policy and U.S.-India relations. She holds an MSc in development studies from the London School of Economics and political science and a BA in business management from the University of Nottingham.