President & Co-Founder
Nirav S. Patel is the co-founder and President of The Asia Group. He is responsible for the firm’s growth strategy and management of a diverse portfolio of industry-leading corporate clients. With over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of business and policy, Nirav serves as a trusted counselor to corporate leaders and investors alike, and he is widely regarded as an influential voice on strategic trends in the Asia-Pacific.
Drawing from experience in virtually every sector, Nirav’s areas of expertise include developing comprehensive market entry strategies to capture opportunities in Asia, leading project management teams to advance licensing requirements, implementing complex crisis management strategies, supporting client efforts to resolve regulatory and policy decisions that present market risks, and deal sourcing for leading investment banks and private equity groups.
Prior to his current position, Nirav served as The Asia Group’s first Chief Operating Officer, where he led the firm’s growth from a small start-up to a dynamic industry-leading strategic advisory firm. Now with over 40 employees, The Asia Group works in nearly 20 markets across the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Latin America. Nirav is also the Vice Chair of The Asia Group Capital Advisory Partners, co-founder and Director of The Asia Group Foundation, and a member of the board of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL).
Previously, 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 – including as the lead diplomat for U.S. efforts to engage the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Prior to serving in the State Department, Nirav was a Fellow and the 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 of Arts in International Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Texas, where he was a finalist in the national cross-examination policy debate tournament. In his “spare time,” Nirav is a fitness enthusiast, wine collector, and foodie. He lives with his wife, two sons, and daughter in McLean, Virginia.