Suriya Jayanti

Suriya Jayanti

Formal First Name
1982 - present

Suriya Evans-Pritchard Jayanti is an award-winning U.S. international energy legal and policy expert with over 15 years leading engagement with and representing the highest level governmental and energy sector interests. Suriya is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center, and Founder and Managing Director of Eney, a US-Ukrainian diversified clean power and decarbonization company where she focuses on geopolitics of energy and strategic energy policy. Previously, Suriya worked closely with Ukrainian counterparts to help reform the country’s energy sector and establish energy security where she served in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps for almost a decade, with tours in Kuwait, the Bahamas, Iraq, Ukraine and Washington. She also serves as energy transition counsel at the US Department of Commerce, where she advises foreign governments on how to formulate and implement their energy transition strategies. Prior to her diplomatic career, she worked as an energy attorney in Brussels and Washington, D.C.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Suriya had assignments in Kuwait, the Bahamas, Iraq, and Washington, DC.

  • She served as the US energy, cybersecurity, environment, science, technology, and health chief in Kyiv from 2018 to 2020.

  • Before her diplomatic career, she worked as an attorney in the Brussels office of Hunton & Williams, and for Donahue & Goldberg in Washington, DC.

  • She previously worked for some years in journalism, most notably in Beirut at the Daily Star, the largest English-language newspaper in the Middle East.

  • Suriya has contributed to multiple textbooks and published in such venues as the Atlantic Council, TIME, the Globalist, and the Center for European Policy Analysis.


  • 2020 Superior Honor Award, U.S. Department of State

  • 2020 Salzman Award for Excellence in International Economic Performance

  • 2014 Meritorious Honor Award, U.S. Department of State

  • 2009 Wilson Scholarship

  • 2008 & 2009 Dean’s Fellowships, Energy & Administrative Law, American University Washington College of Law

  • 2008 Energy & Natural Resources Law Scholarship

  • 2002 & 2003 Senior Research Fellowships, Kravis Leadership Institute

  • 2001 Fellowship, Salvatori Center for the Study of Freedom in the Modern World


  • Suriya has appeared on NPR & WBUR's On Point, Bloomberg Politics, PBS & Sirius XM Radio, NBC, BBC Newsnight, and CNN, among others.

  • Suriya has appeared before the U.N. Economic Commission for Europe, U.S. Nuclear Industry Council, and the U.S. Energy Association, among others.

  • She has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision.