Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia
Brendan Lynch is the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia (Acting). In this position, Mr. Lynch oversees the development and implementation of U.S. trade policy with regard to 15 countries in the region, including management of the U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum (TPF) as well as coordination of activity under Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) with regional partners.
Previously, Mr. Lynch was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia. Mr. Lynch managed negotiations in the region across sectors, including agriculture, manufacturing, services, and intellectual property rights. Prior to this, he was USTR’s Director for India, where he managed the bilateral trade relationship with India. Mr. Lynch initially joined USTR in 2013 and served in the agency’s Office of Agricultural Affairs, where he promoted U.S. agricultural trade interests in a variety of international fora and managed bilateral negotiations related to agriculture with countries in the South and Central Asia region as well as Taiwan, Israel, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and Russia.
Prior to his work at USTR, Mr. Lynch served as an International Trade Analyst at the U.S. International Trade Commission, where he provided economic analysis of free trade agreements and advised Congressional committees and USTR on trade barriers affecting U.S. exports in key sectors and markets. He has a B.S. from Boston College and received his M.B.A. from George Washington University.