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Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India
Kakodkar, a career civil servant and scientist, helps oversee nearly $100 billion of investments in Indian nuclear energy. For U.S. companies hoping to compete with French and Russian state-owned enterprises, Kakodkar is the point man for negotiations following the approval of a controversial nuclear cooperation deal between Washington and New Delhi. He is also in charge of creating a civil nuclear liability regime that will allow companies such as General Electric to sell nuclear power plants to India.