On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
Shikha Bhatnagar was the associate director of the South Asia Center at the Atlantic Council.
Prior to joining the Council, Shikha lived in India, serving as an executive director for Teach For India, inspired by the Teach For America model of selecting outstanding young leaders, recruiting them to serve as teachers in low-resourced schools and developing a community of alumni who continue to serve as advocates of educational equity. She also previously served as executive director of the US office of Akshaya Patra Foundation, the world’s largest non-profit run school lunch program, where she increased the organization’s presence nationally and globally through critical partnerships and grassroots mobilization.
Shikha spent time working within the US Government as a presidential management fellow, where she served as an international trade specialist at the Department of Commerce, and focused on bilateral trade agreements and other international trade policy issues, with regional emphasis on the Middle East and Asia. Shikha is actively involved in the South Asian American community. She currently sits on the board of directors of the Upakar Foundation, a non-profit organization that provided merit and need based college scholarships to Indian Americans, and has previously held leadership positions with the Network of South Asian Professionals and Indus Women Leaders, in Washington, DC.
She is also an alumnus of the Washington Leadership Program, which provides young South Asian Americans an opportunity to intern with congressional offices in Washington, DC. Shikha holds an MA in international affairs from Columbia University and a BA in international relations and political science from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
On May 22, the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative will hold a discussion on the history of cyber critical infrastructure protection in recognition of the 15th anniversary of Presidential Decision Directive 63 (PDD-63).
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.