Washington, DC & New Delhi | September 13, 2022 — The Asia Group (“TAG”) is pleased to welcome Ashok Malik, one of India’s preeminent diplomats, government affairs professionals and thought leaders, as a Partner at the firm. Based in New Delhi, Ashok will spearhead TAG’s growing presence as Chair of its subsidiary in India and bring valuable expertise in helping local and global companies seize opportunities in India.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Ashok as our newest Partner. His addition marks a new milestone for TAG’s Asia Expansion Initiative and our commitment to the Indian market. We firmly believe that to lead in Asia, you must lead in India” said TAG Co-Founder and CEO Nirav Patel. “Ashok’s decades of experience give him unique and unparalleled insights into the inner workings of India’s government and business community. TAG is committed to bringing on board world-class talent to provide our clients with the tailored advice they need to seize new opportunities in the region.”
A native of New Delhi, Ashok has been a keen observer of India’s political and economic landscape for over three decades, spanning careers in government, academia, and thought leadership. Over the last three years, he served as a Policy Advisor with the rank of Additional Secretary at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, where he closely worked with the External Affairs Minister and other senior leadership. Prior to this role, he served as Press Secretary to the 14th President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. Before joining the government, Ashok was a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, one of India’s preeminent think-tanks, where he analyzed India’s foreign policy and political economy. For nearly two decades, Ashok also had a distinguished career as a writer and editor at The Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Indian Express and numerous other leading Indian publications.
TAG’s South Asia practice includes leading experts based in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Washington, DC, who bring a wealth of on-the-ground experience and deep networks to help clients navigate critical business and policy challenges. Since 2013, the team has worked with clients ranging from cutting-edge startups to blue-chip corporations and established an unparalleled track record of success while advising clients on market entry and expansion strategies, regulatory risk mitigation, stakeholder management, commercial dispute resolution, CSR strategies, and executive thought leadership.
The Asia Group is the premier strategic and business advisory firm to the world’s leading companies seeking to excel across the Indo-Pacific. With a team of dynamic and experienced professionals – from consultants and former senior government officials to lawyers and investment bankers – The Asia Group supports companies with end-to-end integrated strategies for market entry and expansion.