Arun has served as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service in the Obama Administration, where he led the trade and investment promotion efforts for the U.S. Government and served as the International Trade Administration’s lead official advocating for better market access for U.S. exporters. Before that, Arun was a Partner and member of the Board of Directors at KPMG, LLP, leading the firm’s West Coast Management Consulting practice, serving major global clients and emerging Silicon Valley ventures. Previously, Arun was a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, founding CEO and CFO of three tech ventures. Arun has been a member of advisory councils at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has served on the Board of TiE Silicon Valley and U.S. India Business Council. He has authored a book of poetry, Plain Truths (2010), and co-edited a book, Kerala’s Economy:Crouching Tiger, Sacred Cows (2007). Arun received his Master’s degree in Management from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Kerala, India.
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