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Suresh Kumar (born February 1955) was appointed the Assistant Commerce Secretary for Trade Promotion and Director-General of the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service by President Barack Obama on February 12, 2010.
Early life and education
Suresh Kumar was born in Secunderabad, India. His father was an Army Officer and his mother a musician. He spent the early part childhood in Delhi, where he attended Delhi’s St. Columba's School. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Economics from Delhi University, an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, and is an alumnus of the Thunderbird International Consortium Program. Between 1970 and 1985 Kumar was news and sports anchor on national television in India.
Kumar has spent over thirty years as an international businessman, consultant, and professor of management educations. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Kumar led global businesses of major US corporations and been responsible for business units across all continents.
Most recently[when?] Kumar was President & Managing Partner of KaiZen Innovation, a management consulting firm, which he founded in 2004, that develops global commerce by establishing public-private collaborations that spur development, helping businesses extend their global footprint, and installing global marketing processes and programs. At KaiZen, Kumar consulted on projects for leading institutions and corporations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Development Bank and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). During his time as the Special Advisor to the Clinton Foundation, Kumar worked with Governments in Sub Saharan Africa and corporate CEOs to establish collaborative business models and execute farmer and market friendly programs to promote food security and stimulate economic development in the region Kumar is published on issues related to global management and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Schulich School of Business at