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Manu K. Bhardwaj

Manu, a political appointee in the Obama Administration, currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the State Department's Office of Communications and Information Policy. At the State Department, Manu has reported directly to three U.S. Ambassadors and advised them on telecommunications, trade, intellectual property, cybersecurity, Internet-related national security, data privacy, internet governance and other regulatory, policy and legal matters, with responsibility to communicate U.S. positions at formal bilateral and multilateral meetings. Over the past decade, Manu has served in all three branches of the Federal Government, while also practicing telecommunications law and general litigation at major private law firms.

Manu currently serves as a Senior Advisor to Ambassador and U.S. Coordinator Daniel Sepulveda and, prior to this position; Manu was a Senior Advisor to Ambassador and U.S. Coordinator Philip Verveer and a Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador Terry Kramer.

Prior to 2009, Manu was an attorney at Willkie Farr & Gallagher and a judicial law clerk to a federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Manu has also been a staff member at the White House Counsel’s Office to the Honorable William J. Clinton, a legislative staff assistant at the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee to the Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, and staff member to the Honorable Edward M. Kennedy of the United States Senate. Manu graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor from Michigan Law School.