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Nilmini Rubin

Vice President for International Development, Tetra Tech
United States

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Bio

Nilmini Gunaratne Rubin is the Vice President for International Development at Tetra Tech where she leads policy and engineering services for infrastructure projects in developing countries.

Previously, Nilmini served as the Senior Advisor for Global Economic Competitiveness at the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee where she directed technology, trade, finance and energy policy. On behalf of Chairman Royce, Nilmini spearheaded passage by the House of Representatives of legislation to promote internet access in developing countries. She drove passage of a law to increase access to electricity in Africa that serves as the basis for the United States’ Power Africa initiative. She has also championed passage of laws to provide trade preferences and trade promotion authority. Prior to this position, she advocated on cybersecurity, cloud and privacy policy for the Information Technology Industry Council.

For eight years, Nilmini led international economic, development and transparency policy at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She drove the passage of a law that requires oil, gas and mining companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to reveal trillions of dollars paid to governments that has been since adopted by the European Union and is being considered by many other jurisdictions.

As a Director at the National Security Council at the White House, Nilmini secured agreements with the G-8 to limit the spread of weapons of mass destruction, to raise billions of dollars for the Global Fund for AIDS/HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria and increase transparency of international organizations. She previously worked on international economic policy at Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Nilmini’s work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Politico, Yahoo! and numerous international publications. She was named a 2006 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a “40 Under 40” Leader in International Development by Devex, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the mother of three young girls.

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