Atman M. Trivedi is a Partner and leads ASG's South Asia practice. He brings deep experience across diplomacy, business, law, and politics, with particular expertise in India and significant knowledge and relationships across Asia.
He was Managing Director at Hills & Company from 2017 to 2021, where he advised leading information technology, telecommunications, consumer goods, and financial clients on geopolitics, trade, investment, and sustainability with a focus on India and China.
Previously, he was Senior Director for Policy in Global Markets at the U.S. Commerce Department, where he was the day-to-day policy lead on the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and the U.S.-India CEO Forum. He served earlier as Chief of Staff in the U.S. State Department’s International Security and Nonproliferation bureau. Mr. Trivedi worked extensively on nonproliferation activities in Asia, was part of the diplomatic team that eliminated Syria’s declared chemical weapons, and helped address North Korean and Iranian threats.
Earlier, he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Chairman John Kerry’s Counsel on India and Southeast Asia, and also worked on a range of policy and legal issues including on China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula. Prior to government service, Mr. Trivedi was an international trade lawyer at WilmerHale LLP, counseling businesses and nonprofits on trade policy and litigation, sanctions, export controls, FCPA, and CFIUS matters.
Mr. Trivedi is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center; an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum; a National Committee on U.S.-China Relations member; and an Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow. He has regularly taught a course on India at the Foreign Service Institute. His analysis has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg View, The Hill, The Times of India, and The Hindustan Times, among other outlets.
He earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School, as well as an M.A. in International Policy Studies and a B.A. in International Relations (minor in Economics) from Stanford University. Mr. Trivedi is proficient in Spanish and understands spoken Gujarati.
He is based in Washington, D.C.