Manu Asthana, Madhu Beriwal joining president’s infrastructure body

Asthana oversees the largest power grid in North America; Beriwal founded the largest woman-led homeland security and emergency management firm in the US

Two leading Indian American executives, Manu Asthana, Madhu Beriwal are joining a White House advisory body on how to reduce physical and cyber risks and improve the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors.

President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint Asthana and Beriwal to President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) with 24 other leading senior executives Wednesday.

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The individuals announced today are leading senior executives with deep experience across a broad range of sectors including: banking and finance, transportation, energy, water, dams, defense, communications, information technology, healthcare services, food and agriculture, government facilities, emergency services, and higher education, according to a White House announcement.

The Biden-Harris Administration is delivering unprecedented infrastructure investments in all 50 states and territories to build a better America that delivers for all communities, it said.

Since its establishment in 2001, the NIAC has conducted dozens of studies to address problems such as: improving intelligence information sharing across government and industry; identifying and reducing complex cyber risks; better preparing for and responding to disruptions that can ripple across multiple infrastructure systems; facilitating cooperative decision-making among senior executives and federal leaders during imminent threats and disaster responses; and addressing the skills gaps and loss of institutional knowledge in key national workforces.

Manu Asthana of Pennsylvania, oversees the largest power grid in North America and one of the largest electricity markets in the world as the CEO and President of PJM, part of the Eastern Interconnection grid, according to his White House profile.

Under his leadership, PJM has established a clear path for defining the grid operator’s role in the transition to a cleaner, more efficient grid while maintaining reliable electric service.

Asthana has extensive leadership experience in the energy industry in the areas of power generation operations, optimization and dispatch, competitive retail electricity, electricity and natural gas trading, and risk management.

He is a member of the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council and serves on the Board of Trustees of Texas Children’s Hospital. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

Asthana earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

Madhu Beriwal of Florida, founded Innovative Emergency Management, Inc. (IEM) in 1985 and continues to serve as CEO and President. IEM is the largest woman-led homeland security and emergency management firm in the United States.

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Under Beriwal’s leadership, IEM has led some of the largest mitigation and resilience efforts across the United States, building back stronger following disasters including disaster recovery programs, delivering federal funds to survivors and communities faster than any other program of the same type and magnitude.

For over 37 years, Beriwal has been dedicated to the use of technology to enhance preparedness and response and build resilience in communities and their critical infrastructure.

She was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame in 2012. She holds a master’s degree in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in geography and economics.

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