The US-India Strategic Partnership: Accelerating a Clean Energy Future

September 12, 2016 - 12:00 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th ST NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

A Discussion With:
John Morton
Senior Director for Energy and Climate
National Security Council 

Tanvi Madan 
Director - The India Project and Fellow – Foreign Policy, Project on International Order & Strategy
The Brookings Institution

Varun Sivaram
Douglas Dillon Fellow, Acting Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change
Council on Foreign Relations

Nandan Nelivigi​
White & Case LLP

Moderated By:
Thomas Cunningham 
Deputy Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council 

Welcome Remarks By:
Richard Morningstar
Founding Director and Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

Our expert panelists join us to discuss the implications of US-India cooperation on critical energy and climate issues and place these efforts in the context of the bilateral relationship. They will address the challenges and opportunities surrounding clean energy deployment in India, evaluate the policy and financing mechanisms being used, assess the importance issue for U.S.-India bilateral relations, and highlight key priorities for ongoing collaboration between the United States and India. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
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Tanvi Madan is a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution, and director of The India Project. Madan’s work explores Indian foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. She also researches the intersection between Indian energy policies and its foreign and security policies. Previously she was a Harrington doctoral fellow and teaching assistant at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she completed a dissertation entitled "With an Eye to the East: The China Factor and the U.S.-India Relationship, 1949-1979." She has also previously been a research analyst at the Brookings Institution. In addition to a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, Madan has a master's in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor's with honors in history from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, India. She has authored publications on India's foreign policy, as well as its energy security policies.

Varun Sivaram is the Douglas Dillon fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a strategic advisor to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Reforming the Energy Vision, and he is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He is a member of the advisory boards for both the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy. Before joining CFR, Dr. Sivaram was a consultant at McKinsey & Company, where he counseled Fortune 500 companies on adapting to the modern competitive landscape in energy. Prior to this role, he served as senior advisor for energy and water policy to the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, and oversaw the city’s Department of Water and Power. Dr. Sivaram’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, the Journal of Applied Physics, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nature, Nature Energy, Nature Climate Change, and Scientific American. A Truman and a Rhodes scholar, he holds degrees from Stanford University in engineering physics and international relations, with honors in international security. Dr. Sivaram holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from St. John’s College, Oxford University, where he developed third-generation solar photovoltaic coatings for building-integrated applications. He lives in Washington, DC.

Nandan Nelivigi​ focuses on the development and financing of major energy and infrastructure projects. Mr. Nelvigi has advised lenders and developers in complex energy, infrastructure, and project finance transactions across the globe. He has represented banks, export credit agencies and underwriters in the financing of conventional and renewable energy projects, including some of the largest natural gas plants, wind energy and solar farms and ethanol plants in the world, as well as petrochemical facilities and other infrastructure projects in the United States, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. In addition, as the head of White & Case's global India practice, Mr. Nelvigi has extensive experience in cross-border M&A, joint venture, private equity and other corporate transactions involving India. Mr. Nelvigi’s work relating to India involves advising foreign investors, including private equity funds, fund sponsors, private and public companies, investment banks and commercial lenders, in connection with their investments in India, and their loans to companies based in the country

Before founding the Global Energy Center, Richard Morningstar served as the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the Secretary of State's Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy. Morningstar previously lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. From 1999 through 2001, Morningstar served as US Ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State for Caspian Basin Energy Diplomacy, where he was responsible for coordinating within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote US policies on Caspian Basin energy. From 1995 to 1998, Morningstar served as Ambassador and Special Adviser to the President and Secretary of State on assistance for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union, where he oversaw all US bilateral assistance and trade investment activities NIS. From 1993 to 1995, he served as Senior Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

Thomas Cunningham is deputy director of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He joined the council following a thirteen-year career at the US Department of State, where he most recently served as energy diplomacy team lead for Europe at the Bureau of Energy Resources (August 2013 to May 2016). In that role he advised the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs and other senior US government officials on the intersection of energy and foreign policy in Europe and had lead department responsibility for organizing meetings of the US-EU Energy Council. He has also served at the State Department in the Bureaus of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, European and Eurasian Affairs, Economic and Business Affairs, and Diplomatic Security. Mr. Cunningham also worked on climate and energy legislation in the US Senate as a Brookings Legislative Fellow in 2009. He holds an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English/Creative Writing and French from Colorado College. Mr. Cunningham is an Adjunct Instructor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.