Kenneth Juster

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Kenneth Juster
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United States Ambassador to India
Assumed office
November 23, 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Preceded byRichard Verma
Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs
In office
January 20, 2017 – June 2017
PresidentDonald Trump
Succeeded byEverett Eissenstat
Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security
In office
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byWilliam Alan Reinsch[1]
Succeeded byDavid H. McCormick[2]
Counselor of the United States Department of State
In office
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Preceded byRobert Zoellick
Succeeded byTim Wirth
Personal details
Born (1954-11-24) November 24, 1954 (age 63)
New York, New York, U.S.
Alma materHarvard University (BA, MPP, JD)

Kenneth Ian Juster (born November 24, 1954) is an American government official who is the United States Ambassador to India.[3] He previously served as the Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the United States Government from January 2017 to June 2017.[4][5]

Juster's career has spanned over 35 years in government, law, business, finance, and international affairs. He was a partner at the global investment firm Warburg Pincus. Prior to that, he served in senior positions in the United States Department of State and the United States Department of Commerce, practiced law at the firm Arnold & Porter as a senior partner, and was a senior executive at the software company He also served as the chairman of the advisory committee of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the chairman of Freedom House, the vice chairman of the Asia Foundation, and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Academy of Diplomacy.


Juster at the 2009 India Economic Summit

Juster was the Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017-June 2017.[6][7][8] In that role, he helped coordinate the administration's international economic policy and helped integrate it with national security and foreign policy. Juster was also a senior member of both the National Security Council staff and the National Economic Council staff.[9] He helped establish the U.S.-Japan Economic Dialogue and the U.S.-U.K. Economic Dialogue. He contributed to the U.S. economic relationships with Canada, China, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Juster served as the President's representative and lead U.S. negotiator ("Sherpa") in the run-up to the 2017 G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy.

Juster was a partner at Warburg Pincus, where he worked since October 2010.[10] He focused on geopolitical risk, global public policy, and regulatory matters relating to the firm's investment activities and portfolio companies. He headed the firm's environmental, social, and governance program and initiatives. From 2005 to 2010, he was Executive Vice President of Law, Policy, and Corporate Strategy at, a software company.[11] He was a member of the company's executive committee and oversaw corporate development, legal affairs, global public policy and strategy, enterprise risk management, human resources, internal audit, and worldwide real estate.

Between 1981 to 1989 and 1993 to 2001, Juster practiced law at Arnold & Porter.[12] He became a senior partner in international arbitration and litigation, corporate counseling, regulatory matters, and international trade and transactions. Among his noteworthy cases was his representation of the Government of Panama-in-exile against the Noriega regime in 1988-1989. In that matter, he coordinated a legal strategy that secured the overseas assets of the Government of Panama and helped institute U.S. sanctions against the Noriega regime. Juster also represented U.S. investment funds in Ukraine, Moldova, and Slovakia, and several non-profit organizations, including the National Endowment for Democracy, the Kennan Institute (George Kennan), and the Gorbachev Foundation. In addition, he successfully argued cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals and in U.S. District Courts.

Juster served as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government in 2010 and 2011, and at the Council on Foreign Relations in 1993; as a law clerk in 1980 and 1981 to Judge James L. Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and at the National Security Council in 1978.


Juster holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in government (Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard College.[12][13] While an undergraduate at Harvard, he was research assistant to Professor Samuel P. Huntington and wrote his senior thesis on Japanese foreign policy under Professor Edwin O. Reischauer. Juster was an AFS Exchange Student to Thailand in 1971.


Juster has received numerous honors and awards, including:[14][15]

  • Member, U.S. President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations, 2007-2010
  • Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit from the President of the Federal Republic of Germany (for contributions to U.S.-German relations), 2006
  • Secretary of Commerce's William C. Redfield Award and Medal, 2005
  • Vasco Núñez de Balboa en el Grado de Gran Cruz Decoration and Medal from the President of Panama (for contributions to U.S.-Panama relations), 2004
  • Blackwill Award from the U.S.-India Business Council (for contributions to U.S.-India relations), 2004
  • Friendship Award from the U.S.-Panama Business Council (for contributions to U.S.-Panama relations), 2004, 2002
  • Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award and Medal, 1993
  • Distinguished Alumnus of Scarsdale High School, 2007


  1. ^ "PN192 - Nomination of Kenneth I. Juster for Department of Commerce, 107th Congress (2001-2002)". May 10, 2001. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  2. ^ "PN662 - Nomination of David H. McCormick for Department of Commerce, 109th Congress (2005-2006)". October 7, 2005. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Senate Confirms Kenneth Juster As US Ambassador To India". NDTV. November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kenneth Juster to be U.S. Ambassador to India". The Hindu. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  5. ^ "PN909 — Kenneth Ian Juster — Department of State". U.S. Congress. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "White House National Security Advisor Announces NSC Senior Staff Appointments" (Press release). The White House. February 2, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  7. ^ "White House National Security Advisor and Director of the National Economic Council Announce Senior Staff Appointment". June 8, 2017. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  8. ^ "White House: Meet Trump's G-20 'Sherpa'". Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  9. ^ Sirohi, Seema (September 10, 2017). "Meet Kenneth Juster, the 'inspired' choice for Ambassador to India". The Economic Times. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Rogin, Josh (June 21, 2017). "Top White House aide likely the next ambassador to India". Washington Post. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Desai, Ronak (September 14, 2017). "Washington Reacts As Trump Nominates New U.S. Ambassador To India". Forbes. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  12. ^ a b Straehley, Steve (September 22, 2017). "U.S. Ambassador to India: Who Is Kenneth Juster?". AllGov. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "JUSTER, KENNETH IAN". Who's Who in America 2011. I (A-L) (65th ed.). New Providence, NJ: Marquis Who's Who. 2010. p. 2289. Retrieved November 7, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  14. ^ "Kenneth I. Juster". The Asia Foundation. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  15. ^ Spero, Domani (September 5, 2017). "Top White House Aide Kenneth I. Juster to be U.S. Ambassador to India". Diplopundit. Retrieved December 7, 2017.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Richard Verma
United States Ambassador to India