Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally

United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)

Acting Director and Chief Operating Officer

On October 18, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. appointed Vinai Thummalapally to serve as the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. In this capacity, Mr. Thummalapally assumes the role of USTDA’s Acting Director until a Director is confirmed by the Senate. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Thummalapally served as the Executive Director of SelectUSA, a U.S. Department of Commerce initiative that facilitates job-creating business investment into the United States, from 2013 to 2017. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Belize from 2009 to 2013, when he became the first Indian American ambassador in United States history. Mr. Thummalapally has more than 30 years of experience in the private sector, including most recently as the Executive Chairman of Red Fort Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based public affairs and government relations firm, and as the President of MAM-A Inc., a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of archival recordable optical discs. His civic leadership experience includes service as a board member of the Indian American Impact Project, a non-profit promoting Indian Americans to run for public office, and as an advisor to the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Victory Fund. He has also served as a board member for Cyient, a global digital engineering and technology company. Mr. Thummalapally earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Northridge, CA.

Sessions With Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally

Thursday, 10 March

  • 07:30am - 08:35am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 01:30 pm - 10/mar/2022 02:35 pm

    Partnerships in the Asia Energy Transition

    Panel Power & Renewables

    Rebounding from the pandemic with 6% real GDP growth, the Asia Pacific region underpinned most of the 2021 global increase in power generation, witnessing one of the region’s strongest annual natural gas demand increases over the last decade. Economic growth impacts both energy demand and energy mix as policies adjust, balancing economic growth, supply security, and sustainability. Asia Pacific faces the net zero test: meeting growing energy demand while lowering emissions to meet the Asian energy transition requirements. Major Asian economies have announced net-zero emission goals for the next 30 to 50 years. Partnerships across domains of energy, technology, and finance will be essential for the energy transition. Which technologies will drive Asia Pacific’s energy mix? Which mature and new technologies will meet net-zero targets, while securing energy demand? How will energy technology partnerships evolve to meet the requirements of the Asia Pacific energy mix? What criteria will the financial sector deploy to fund energy transition in Asia Pacific?