A career Foreign Commercial Officer, Manoj Desai is currently the senior Department of Commerce representative in Chennai, India where he supports the U.S. business community. Prior to this position, he served as head of the Commercial Affairs section at the U.S. Embassy in Yangon, Burma and at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. He also served at the U.S. Embassy in Brazil as a Commercial Attaché. His private sector career spans various domestic and international engagements as consultant for organizations such as Scania, Panama Canal Commission, Lucent Technologies, University of Wisconsin, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and PepsiCo. He helped companies directly improve their bottom line by leading global productivity initiatives that included business process redesign and strategic use of technology. Manoj holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, and an MBA in International Marketing from Thunderbird, School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ. Manoj is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He speaks Gujarati, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, and conversational Spanish.