New AtlanticistOct 3, 2023
A lasting legacy of India’s G20: Trade opportunities for small businesses
By Gopal Nadadur
The India-led G20 has delivered some under-the-radar outcomes with big potential gains, most notably for micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises.
Gopal Nadadur is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and is also vice president for South Asia at The Asia Group. He offers experience across the private and public sectors, with expertise in engineering and product design, business strategies and new market entry, and industrial and trade policy. He also brings to bear hands on experience in manufacturing and supply chains across industries.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Nadadur served as a researcher and policy expert with NITI Aayog, the Indian government’s think tank, working for the chief executive officer, Industry Vertical, and Economics and Finance Cell. He analyzed labor-intensive industrial sectors of India and measures to boost their export competitiveness. Nadadur was also research assistant to former US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and to former US Ambassador to India Rich Verma at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, focusing on topics ranging from US-India relations to emerging technology policy.
Prior to these roles, Nadadur worked for over eight years with the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s markets teams. He led business advisory for suppliers of vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics looking to enter new markets or expand in existing markets across Africa and Asia. He spearheaded negotiations with these suppliers to achieve affordable and yet commercially sustainable prices for low- and middle- income countries in these geographies, in order for governments and donors to be able to afford higher-volume procurements of these life-saving products to expand health access for their populations. He also led in-country and global efforts to bolster supply chains for vaccines and other healthcare commodities.
Nadadur earned a PhD in mechanical engineering (product design) from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in public administration in international development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He was raised in India—having been born in Karnataka and later having lived in Tamil Nadu and Delhi— and he has also lived and worked in the United States for fifteen years. His time away from India included extensive work and travels in the European Union, China, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is delighted to be back in India now and is based in Delhi.