REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of Demonstrated Competence — Foreign Service Act, Section 304(a)(4)
POST: Republic of India
CANDIDATE: Kenneth Ian Juster
Kenneth Ian Juster has served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, The White House, since early 2017. He has a distinguished record of public service, including as Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (independent advisory committee to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative) (2007-2010); Undersecretary of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce (2001-2005), as Counselor (acting) of the Department of State (1992-1993) and as Deputy and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State (1989-1992). Mr. Juster was Chairman of Freedom House, from 2009-2017 and the Vice Chairman of the Asia Foundation during the same period. He was a board member of the U.S. – India Business Council from 2010-2017 and of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for the Advanced Study of India from 2011-2014. His extensive experience as a policy maker, his distinguished record of leadership in government, and his keen understanding of India make him well-qualified to serve as Ambassador to the Republic of India.
Mr. Juster is a respected attorney who worked as Partner and Managing Director of Warburg Pincus LLC, New York, New York (2010-2017). He served as the Executive Vice President for Law, Policy and Corporate Strategy for Salesforce.com, San Francisco, California (2005-2010). He has been a member of the Council on Foreign Relations since 1983, the Academy of American Diplomacy since 2012, and the Trilateral Commission since 2012. In 2010 Mr. Juster was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of numerous articles on foreign, economic and security policy issues.
Mr. Juster earned his A.B. degree from Harvard College, Boston, Massachusetts (1976), his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (1980) and his M.P.P from the Harvard Kennedy School (1980). He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Blackwill Award from the U.S. – India Business Council (2004) for contributions to US-India relations.