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Government Affairs & Policy Leader, GE South Asia

Sharmila Barathan

Government Affairs & Policy Leader
GE South Asia

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Sharmila Barathan is the Government Affairs & Policy Leader, GE South Asia including the John F Welch Technology Centre. One of the Contributing Authors to the Third Assessment Report (Chapter 9, Working Group III) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Has 25 years of international experience in policy, regulation and climate change - geographically ranging from Europe to South Asia to East Asia; for a business portfolio covering energy, healthcare, aviation, transportation; institutionally ranging from national governments to multilaterals like the United Nations and IPCC.

Joined GE in 2005 as Regional Market Development Manager, GE Energy for Africa-India-Middle East, appointed Market Development Manager – Renewables in 2006, Director - South Asia Energy Policy in 2007, Director - Corporate Affairs for South Asia in 2011 before being appointed Senior Vice President – Corporate Affairs and Policy.

She worked as a consultant to organizations including the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, Embassy of Switzerland during 2003-2005. Worked at The Energy Resources Institute (TERI) during 1991-2003 and was reviewer at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and a Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Steering Group. Has international experience ranging from working in Germany and India; field assignments in Republic of Korea (1993), Thailand (1993), Bhutan (1997), China (1997), Laos (1998), North Korea (1997) and Costa Rica (2001).

Graduated with a Masters in International Affairs from Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Masters in Econometrics from University of Madras & B.Sc Mathematics from Stella Maris College, University of Madras. Trained in energy-environment modeling at Stanford University & completed a Management Program for Women Entrepreneurs at IIM Bangalore.

John Thaliath, General Counsel, GE South Asia

General Counsel, GE South Asia

John Thaliath

General Counsel, GE South Asia

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John Thaliath is the General Counsel for GE in South Asia, effective May 4, 2020. He leads a team of over 30 legal and compliance professionals in the company. In addition to this role, John is also the General Counsel for GE Global Research in India which has a large presence in Bangalore, Karnataka.

John joined GE in 2016 as General Counsel for GE Global Research. Prior to joining GE, he was with Intel and TE Connectivity in roles spanning South East Asia, India, Middle East and Africa. He has extensive experience in FCPA compliance working for IMI Severe Service based in California. John also had an academic stint as the founding principal of School of Law, Christ University. He graduated summa cum laude from Mysore University and post graduated in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

In the state of Karnataka, he has earned a reputation as a patron of western classical music and is a member of the International Music and Art Society.

General Counsel, GE South Asia

Tejal Patil

General Counsel, GE South Asia

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Tejal Patil is the General Counsel for GE in the region, leading a team of over 50 legal and compliance professionals in the company. Prior to this role, Tejal was the General Counsel for GE Healthcare, Asia Pacific located in Singapore.

Tejal joined GE in 2001 with the Lighting business and has also had the opportunity to support the GE Aircraft Engines, CNBC and GE Consumer & Industrial businesses in Asia Pacific over 12 years in GE. Tejal has a law degree from the Government Law College, Mumbai and is also a qualified solicitor in England & Wales and Bombay Incorporated Law Society.

Tejal is also the Co- Leader for GE Women’s Network, Asia Pacific.