Atman M. Trivedi is Managing Director at Hills & Company, International Consultants. He provides global businesses with advocacy, problem-solving, and analysis on trade, investment, diplomacy, and politics in Asia. The firm was established in 1993 by former U.S. Trade Representative and original NAFTA negotiator Carla Hills.
Atman served as Senior Director for Policy in Global Markets at the U.S. Commerce Department. He played a leading role on India, including the creation of the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and reimagined U.S.-India CEO Forum, and managed the development of comprehensive strategic plans in key markets with a focus on Asia. Prior to Commerce, Atman was Chief of Staff in the U.S. State Department’s nonproliferation bureau and played a key role addressing security challenges with North Korea, Iran, and Syria. He worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Chairman John Kerry’s Counsel on India and Southeast Asia, and assisted him on China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula.
Earlier, Atman served as Senator Kerry’s chief policy and legal adviser on defense, intelligence, and homeland security. Prior to government, he was an international trade lawyer at WilmerHale LLP, counseling companies on trade, sanctions, export controls, anti-bribery, and CFIUS matters. Atman worked as a National Security Analyst at SAIC and Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He holds degrees from Stanford University and Columbia Law School, where he was a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review and shared the class prize for outstanding student in the study of international law.