Nirav S. Patel is President of The Asia Group, Vice Chairman of the Board of The Asia Group Capital Advisory Partners, and co-founder and Director of The Asia Group Foundation.
As President, Nirav leads TAG’s day-to-day operations, business development, and strategic growth, while managing a diverse portfolio of industry-leading corporate clients. With over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of business, communications, and public policy, Nirav’s particular areas of expertise include: developing comprehensive government relations and advocacy strategies for companies focusing on market entry and expansion opportunities in Asia; leading project management and oversight of broad-based public policy campaign teams focused on public sector tenders and license acquisition; supporting client efforts to resolve regulatory or politically-based policy decisions that present market risks; and sourcing deals for leading investment banks and private equity groups. Through these efforts, Nirav helps clients to achieve goals in virtually every industry, ranging from defense and aerospace to tourism and hospitality, Internet and communications technology to financial services, and energy and mining to commercial aviation and transportation.
Prior to his current position, Nirav served as TAG’s first Chief Operating Officer, leading the firm’s growth from a small start-up to a vibrant and dynamic industry-leading strategic advisory firm. Today, TAG has over 30 employees, business engagements in over 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific and select markets in the Middle East and Latin America, and is proud to represent leading Fortune 500 and private companies. Nirav is proud to serve as co-founder and Director of The Asia Group Foundation – the firm’s philanthropic arm, which seeks to change lives with high-impact commitments of employee time, resources, and passion.
Widely regarded as an influential voice on strategic trends in the Asia-Pacific, U.S. foreign policy, and national security policy, Nirav served at the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013, first as Senior Adviser to the Assistant Secretary and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP). In these capacities he was responsible for the development of strategies and major policy initiatives that helped advance American strategic interests across the Asia-Pacific region. As DAS, Nirav oversaw the offices of Multilateral Affairs and Regional Security Policy, and was responsible for the Department’s engagement in Asia with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the East Asia Summit, the Lower Mekong Initiative, and broader strategic initiatives for the Secretary of State and senior officials in the U.S. government.
Prior to serving in the State Department, Nirav was a fellow and Director of the Asia-Pacific Strategy Program at the bipartisan Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Nirav has authored numerous journal articles, op-eds, and reports, including: The Power of Balance: America in Asia (with Dr. Kurt M. Campbell); Going Global: The Future of the U.S.-ROK Alliance (with Victor Cha, Randy Schriver, and Dr. Kurt M. Campbell); China’s Arrival (with Abraham Denmark); and Asia-Pacific Strategy for the Obama Administration (with Ralph Cossa, et al.). He holds a Master’s degree in International Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of North Texas, where he was a finalist in the national cross-examination policy debate tournament. Nirav lives with his wife and two sons in McLean, Virginia.