Mr. Richard M. Rossow

Senior Adviser and Wadhwani Chair in U.S. India Policy Studies,
The Center for Strategic & International Studies

Richard Rossow is a Senior Adviser and holds the Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies at CSIS. In this role, he helps frame and shape policies to promote greater business, economic, and defense engagement between the two countries. He joined CSIS in 2014, having spent the last 16 years working in a variety of capacities to strengthen the partnership between the United States and India.

At CSIS, Richard focuses on: India’s Economic Reforms Program/U.S. Economic Engagement (CSIS tracks and encourages India’s economic reforms program and advises the U.S. government on strategies to practically engage India to expand bilateral trade and investment.); Indian States’ Reforms (CSIS is the world leader in tracking India’s state-level business reforms and highlighting these changes to global investors. CSIS has a specific partnership with the U.S. Department of State to expand U.S. energy cooperation with Indian states.); and U.S.-India Defense Partnership (CSIS regularly convenes policymakers and specialists to highlight ways to strengthen its emerging security partnership.)

Prior to CSIS, Richard served as Director for South Asia at McLarty Associates, leading the firm’s work for clients in India and the neighboring region. From 2008 to 2012, Richard was with New York Life Insurance Company, most recently as Head of International Governmental Affairs, where he developed strategic plans for the company’s public policy and global mergers and acquisitions work.

From 1998 to 2008, Richard served as Deputy Director of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC), the world’s leading advocacy group, on behalf of strengthening economic ties between the United States and India. While at USIBC, he managed the Council’s policy groups in the Energy, Information Technology, Insurance, Media and Entertainment, and Telecommunications sectors.