Published On : Fri, Nov 20th, 2015

Nagpur’s Swati Dandekar brings global pride as Obama picks her for ADB’s top job

Swati Dandekar
Nagpur: Swati A Dandekar, a Nagpur born 64 year old former American state legislator brought laurels to the city on global map, as US President Barack Obama nominated her as the Director of Asian Development Bank. The post matches rank of an ambassador.

Swati Dandekar has received her B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Nagpur University and a graduate diploma in dietetics from University of Mumbai.

The nomination of Dandekar who will replace Robert M. Orr was announced by the White House along with eight other key Administration posts:


“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said

Dandekar is a former Iowa state legislator and member of the Iowa Utilities Board, according to her White House biography.

She served on the Iowa Utilities Board from 2011 to 2013. Prior to joining the Utilities Board, Dandekar served in the Iowa State Senate from 2009 to 2011 and in the Iowa State House of Representatives from 2002 to 2008.

From 2000 to 2003, she was a member of the Vision Iowa Board of Directors. Dandekar also served on the Linn-Mar Community School District Board of Education from 1996 to 2002 and was a member of the Iowa Association of School Boards from 2000 to 2002.