Varun Nikore – Managing Director

Varun Nikore
Managing Director

Varun Nikore’s background encompasses over 27 years of experience in government, policy and international trade. Focused on business development, marketing, strategic planning and civil and defense manufacturing and supply chain with a particular emphasis on the aviation, aerospace and defense industries. He is also well known in Washington D.C. political circles where he has been active for decades. For the past several years, Mr. Nikore has served as Senior Vice President-International for TriPolus, a facilitator of international business based in London. In this capacity, he advised numerous service industry and manufacturing clients engaged in international business development and industrial participation activities, with a special focus on India and other emerging markets.  Mr. Nikore also served as a strategic advisor to domestic and foreign companies in global business development, marketing and international offsets focused on assisting aerospace and defense suppliers in engaging in the U.S. marketplace and establishing themselves in the U.S. supply chain.


Mr. Nikore previously served as COO of Tobiko Strategies, a communications and political strategy firm, incorporating cutting-edge social media and technology. In this role, Mr. Nikore assisted numerous non-governmental organizations, political entities, corporations and public officials around the world in communicating with the public and influencing public policy. For several years prior, Mr. Nikore was Director of Supplier Management at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) where he assisted hundreds of aerospace and defense suppliers and senior executives in achieving their industry objectives. At AIA, Mr. Nikore developed, planned and successfully executed the first-ever AIA Trade Mission to India held in December 2006. He also coordinated major business lobbying efforts for member companies, organized high level meetings and interfaced with Indian government officials, aerospace association heads as well aerospace and defense supply chain and procurement officials and other corporate executives.  He also served as Chairman of the Globalization Committee and on the Board of the Executive Committee of AIA’s Supplier Management Council.


In 1999, Mr. Nikore was appointed by President Bill Clinton as Special Assistant to the U.S. Department of Education where managed the day-to-day responsibilities of the Distance Education Demonstration Program and served as liaison for eight major educational technology program initiatives. Mr. Nikore has been active in Democratic politics for decades, having founded and served as the President of the Indian American Leadership Initiative, the largest Indian American network of Democrats in the U.S. In 2012, Mr. Nikore was appointed as Co-chair of the Small Business Owners Council of the Democratic National Committee and in 2008 he served as Transportation Policy Advisor for President Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign.  In 2000, Mr. Nikore served Budget Coordinator for the Presidential campaign of Vice President Al Gore at the campaign’s Nashville headquarters.


Mr. Nikore was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to the Boards of the Virginia Commercial Spaceflight Authority and the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority from 2015-2017.  Mr. Nikore also served on the Board of the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia after having served as past President of the organization.   Mr. Nikore holds a Bachelor’s degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Aviation Business Administration and a Master’s Degree from George Mason University in International Commerce and Policy.