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Biden made an inspired choice by nominating Banga says Indian Americans

Biden made an inspired choice by nominating Banga says Indian Americans
US President Joe Biden has made an inspired choice by nominating Ajay Banga to the crucial position of the World Bank President, eminent Indian Americans said Thursday and described him as a global leader in technology, data, financial services and innovating for inclusion. Biden on Thursday nominated Indian-American business leader Banga, 63, to lead the World Bank.

If confirmed by the World Bank Board of Directors, Banga would be the first-ever Indian-American and Sikh-American to head either of the two top international financial institutions: the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

"In nominating him to this position, the President has made an inspired choice," Indiaspora founder and chairman M R Rangaswami said after the White House announcement.

Especially relevant, given recent commentary around the Bank's mission and objectives, is that Banga brings a sharp focus on climate resiliency and environmental sustainability, said Rangaswami, a venture capitalist and philanthropist from Silicon Valley.

Banga's deep expertise and several years of experience in the fields of financial inclusion, public-private partnerships, and climate finance make him a phenomenal leader to head the multilateral institution, US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) said.

Notably, Banga had an instrumental role to play in the formation of the USISPF. He is a founding board member of USISPF. A former CEO of MasterCard, Banga is the Vice Chairman of General Atlantic.

"Ajay is a tireless believer in both the strength of US-India ties and strengthening the relationship even further. Ajay has been instrumental in setting up USISPF as a founding board member and a vital pillar in our success over the last five years," said Mukesh Aghi, president of USISPF.

"Ajay's background in his early years in India, gives him a deep understanding of the emerging market world and bridging the gaps in gender parity and working towards poverty alleviation, issues at the core ethos of the Bank's mission," Aghi said.

Banga's work with Citigroup, MasterCard, General Atlantic, and USISPF will allow for a seamless transition to mobilizing resources in public-private partnerships to tackle issues on climate, water resources, food security, and healthcare, the forum said.

"It's another proud chapter in the success stories of the Indian-American diaspora, and I wish Ajay all the best for this new inning," said Aghi.

Sanjeev Joshipura, Indiaspora's executive director said that Ajay Banga's global private sector background, during which he initiated and led Mastercard's financial inclusion efforts, will be of immense value in enhancing his effectiveness as World Bank President.

"Moreover, as the first Indian-born nominee to this role, he brings a lived understanding of the challenges faced by developing nations. Large, complex and multifaceted problems, such as those the World Bank endeavours to resolve, are not new for Ajay to handle," he said.


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