Nilmini Rubin is an executive vice president at Tetra Tech where she leads unit implementing energy and internet 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, energy, trade, and economic policy. On behalf of Representative Ed Royce (R-CA), Nilmini spearheaded bipartisan legislation by the House of Representatives to promote internet access in developing countries. She drove unanimous passage of a law to increase access to electricity in Africa that serves as the framework for the United States’ Power Africa initiative. She also served as a Senior Professional Staff Member at the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) where she led efforts on international finance, economic growth, and anti-corruption, the Director for International Finance and the G-8 at the National Security of the White House during the George W. Bush Administration where she helped secure agreements on non-proliferation, international health and foreign aid. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Internet Governance Forum – USA Steering Committee, the World Economic Forum Experts Network and Internet For All Working Group, Young Global Leaders Alumni Steering Committee, Leadership Now Project and the Academy of the Global Teacher. Nilmini’s work has been highlighted in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Politico, Yahoo! and numerous international publications. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with her MBA in 1999 and her BA in Economics and Development studies in 1994.