Niharika Chibber Joe


Associate Executive Director, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission

1118437Ms. Joe is the Associate Executive Director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. The Commission is an independent federal government agency that supports research, education, public affairs and exchange with Japan. Its mission is to support reciprocal people-to-people understanding, and promote partnerships that advance common interests between Japan and the United States. Ms. Joe primarily works on the the Commission’s grant program activities in education, culture and public affairs; manages budgetary and investment funds; and liaises with the governments of the United States and Japan.

Immediately prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Joe served as General Manager at Tata Sons Ltd. where she provided strategic leadership and direction to the corporate sustainability function for Tata Sons North America, the representative office for the $100 billion Tata Group involving 11 brands and more than 25,000 employees in the United States and Canada. In addition to growing the North America corporate sustainability function, Ms. Joe also oversaw institutional grants and sponsorships and administered the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and branding budget activities. She managed relationships with strategic partners along Tata’s North America branding strategy and represented the interests of the Tata Trusts to government and multilateral institutions, specifically in public health, water and sanitation.

Previously, Ms. Joe served as Director of Programs at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, where she directed the Foundation’s policy dialogues and projects on U.S.-Asia relations. She also served as the Associate Director of the Mike Mansfield Fellowship Program, a Congressionally-established U.S.-Japan professional exchange for federal government employees. Ms. Joe’s career includes substantial involvement with government agencies, the public policy community, NGOs, and international businesses in the United States, Japan, China and India; and she has been an active participant in international conferences and policy dialogues in those countries. She has worked as a professional Japanese language translator and interpreter for several well-known corporate clients, including a large performing arts agency in Japan; and she has also served on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme (JET) selection committee.

Ms. Joe holds an M.A. in International Economics and Japan Studies with a special concentration in negotiation theory and international trade from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and an M.A. and B.A. (magna cum laude) in Japanese Language and Literature from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. She has a certificate in executive leadership from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She speaks English, Japanese, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and Bengali and also speaks some Nepalese, Korean and Russian.

April 2015