Speaker Bio

Diane Farrell
Diane Farrell
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Global Markets-Asia
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, D.C.

Prior to her joining the U.S. Department of Commerce as the Global Markets Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia, Ms. Farrell was Executive Vice President at the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) with responsibility for policy and government relations. Before joining USIBC, Ms. Farrell served on the Board of Directors of the Export Import Bank of the United States (U.S. EXIM). She was responsible for voting on transactions in excess of $10 million as well as addressing significant policy matters including environmental criteria. Her portfolio responsibilities included small business, India, Southeast Asia, and portions of Latin America. In addition, she was named a member of the White House Business Council to promote U.S. exports. Ms. Farrell began her public service career as First Selectwoman (mayor) of Westport, Connecticut. Recognized as a regional leader, she was selected as a member of the National League of Cities Transportation and Infrastructure Steering and Policy Committee, which helped set policy goals for transportation and infrastructure initiatives in support of cities and towns across the United States. Ms. Farrell is a 1977 graduate of Wheaton College, Norton MA, with a B.A. in American Government.