USA – The US Grain Council (USGC) has appointed Pooja Pokharel to the newly created position, manager of program funding, effective March 11.

In her new role, she will responsible for helping track and comply with regulations related to funding from a growing array of sources.

Pokharel joined the Council in 2015 as the junior accounting assistant, aiding domestic and international accounting managers.

Before joining USGC, she worked at the Travel Channel as a data analyst, assisting with budget planning and data entry.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Virginia International University and an undergraduate degree in management from Wichita State University.

“Pooja’s education plus experience at the Council provide a firm foundation for her new role,” said Helen Elmore, USGC director of finance and administration.

“She will continue to work closely with the accounting team as well as expand her collaboration with global operations to ensure we are all good stewards of the Council’s funding.”

Speaking on her promotion, Pooja Pokharel said: “I am very excited and look forward to new challenges that this new position will bring as I continue to develop professionally and thrive personally.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who have supported me all along. I look forward to guidance and support from everyone in the future.”

USGC recently appointed Alejandra Danielson Castillo as new regional director for South Asia, a newly created director position that aims to increase the organisations presence in the region.

Meanwhile, USGC has received Cotecna Inspection Inc. as a new member.

Cotecna Inspection Inc is part of the Cotecna Group, a leading provider of testing, inspection and certification services, offering solutions to facilitate trade and make supply chains safer and more efficient for clients.

Founded in 1974 in Switzerland, Cotecna started as a family business and has grown to more than 100 offices in approximately 50 countries.