Obama appoints Indian American to a key administration post

Obama appoints Indian American to a key administration post

"I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years," Obama said in a statement as he announced several other key administration posts.

Desai has also taught as a Visiting Professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China, the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan, and the National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin faculty in 2001, he practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

Previously, Desai served as a law clerk to the American arbitrators at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands.

He also clerked for Judge Louis F Oberdorfer of the US District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge David S Tatel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

Desai worked briefly in the Legal Adviser's Office at the US Department of State and at the
Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa.

He holds an A B in Mathematics from Harvard University, where he was awarded a Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship, a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a J D from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the 'California Law Review.'

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