Energy for Growth Hub


Nilmini Rubin

Chief Policy Officer


Nilmini Rubin is the Chief Policy Officer at Hedera and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, Nilmini led Tetra Tech’s global team implementing energy and internet projects that resulted in millions of people gaining access to electricity for the first time. For twelve years, she served as a senior aide on both the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee where she spearheaded the passage of legislation to provide electricity access in Africa, increase global internet access, reduce corruption through transparency, and reform U.S. foreign assistance. She also served at the National Security Council under President George W. Bush where she helped secure agreements on non-proliferation, international health and foreign aid.

Nilmini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a member of the World Economic Forum Experts Network, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Academy of the Global Teacher Prize and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.

Nilmini also co-wrote an illustrated historical fiction entitled How Carrots Became Orange with her oldest daughter, Renuka and a coloring book entitled The United Shapes of America with her middle daughter, Araliya.

Non-Hub Publications and Speaking Highlights

They Are Us.” TEDxFoggy Bottom. September 9, 2019.
Powering the Internet.” Tech Policy Podcast. June 23, 2017.
Without Energy, the Internet Is Just a Black Hole.  Alliance for Affordable Internet. May 2, 2017.
What Lessons Can Be Learned From Power Africa? CSIS. November 9, 2017.


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