Atman M. Trivedi
Amb. Tom Pickering on the role of Washington’s evolving military diplomacy.

In a piece for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Amb. Tom Pickering assesses the role of the military in Washington’s foreign policy and how U.S. diplomacy can face future security challenges.

Amb. Pickering and Managing Director Trivedi on waning U.S. global leadership in COVID-19 Response

In a piece for the Houston Chronicle, Amb. Pickering and Mr. Trivedi discuss the administration's self-isolating approach to the pandemic, the impact here at home, and how to fix it.

Mr. Trivedi Participates in International Panel on U.S.-India Investment

Tune in for a Cretum Advisory India and IBS Global webinar on “India Investment Opportunities for American Companies.” The event will feature Invest India’s Asst. VP Hoonar Janu, IBS Global’s MD Tonya McNeal-Weary, and Hills & Co’s MD Atman Trivedi on September 18, at 6:30PM (IST) and 9:30AM (EST). Register at

Managing Director

Atman Trivedi has over 20 years of experience across diplomacy, business, law, and politics with a deep understanding of, and set of relationships in, India and other parts of Asia. ?His expertise includes India, China, Southeast Asia, the Korean Peninsula, geopolitics and geo-economics, COVID-19's global impact, U.S. foreign policy, and WMD non-proliferation.? He supplements it with first-hand experiences in U.S. government agencies, Congress, and working with the press.

Atman is Managing Director at Hills & Company since 2017. ?He advises Fortune 200 companies on trade, investment, and geopolitics, with a focus on India, China, and other parts of Asia.? In the Obama Administration, he served as Senior Director for Policy in Global Markets at the U.S. Commerce Department. ?Atman played a leading role on India matters, including the creation of the U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and re-imagined U.S.-India CEO Forum, and managed the development of comprehensive strategic plans in key markets with a focus on Asia and Latin America. ?He was previously Chief of Staff in the U.S. State Department's International Security and Nonproliferation bureau. ?Atman worked extensively on nonproliferation activities in Asia, was part of the diplomatic team that eliminated Syria's declared chemical weapons, and addressed nonproliferation challenges posed by North Korea and Iran.

He worked on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as Chairman John Kerry's Counsel on India and Southeast Asia, and also assisted him on issues with China, Japan, and on the Korean Peninsula. ?Earlier, Atman served as Senator Kerry's chief policy and legal adviser on defense, intelligence, nonproliferation, arms control, homeland security, and national security law.

Prior to government service, Atman was an international trade lawyer at WilmerHale LLP. ?He counseled global businesses on trade policy and litigation, economic sanctions, export controls, anti-bribery/FCPA, and CFIUS matters. Early in his career, he worked as a National Security Analyst at SAIC and a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Atman holds a B.A. in International Relations (minor in Economics) and M.A. in International Policy Studies from Stanford University, and studied abroad at Oxford University. ?He received his law degree from 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. ?His commentary has been published in leading U.S. and Asian newspapers and magazines, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Bloomberg View, The New Republic, Project Syndicate, The Hill, YaleGlobal Online, Houston Chronicle, and The Times of India, among others.

Atman is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the South Asia Center; an Adjunct Fellow at the Pacific Forum; a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations; an Asia Society Asia 21 Fellow; and has completed term membership at the Council on Foreign Relations. ?He is proficient in Spanish and understands spoken Gujarati.

Atman lives in Washington, DC with his wife, two kids, and puppy.? He grew up in Houston, Texas and is the son of parents who immigrated to the United States from India.