Faculty members

SIBALA, Catherine
Visiting and Adjunct Faculty Members
SIBALA, Catherine


Adjunct Associate Professor and International Accreditation Manager, Hitotsubashi ICS


MBA Co-Coordinator; Foundation Week; Intensive Writing; Wise Leadership Capstone

Catherine Sibala received her 1989 Bachelor of Science (Hons) and 1997 Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies from the Australian National University and her 2004 Masters in International Relations from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia.

Professor Sibala has over 15 years of experience as a national public official in the Australian Federal Government, including as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy in Tokyo from 2005 to 2008 where she was Political First Secretary. During her time as a government official, Professor Sibala represented the Australian government at numerous multilateral and bilateral meetings and negotiations, presented at domestic and international conferences and served on staff selection panels. Following the completion of her diplomatic assignment, Professor Sibala was Senior Analyst at Okamoto Associates, Inc., a Tokyo-based international political, economics and security consultancy, where her responsibilities included monitoring and analysis of international developments, report and speech writing, editing, proofreading and translation. As Assistant Professor at Mejiro University from 2010-2016, she lectured on Japan’s foreign relations, Japanese labor issues, Japanese business, and written and spoken English.

Professor Sibala’s research interests are focused on Japan’s foreign relations, an area in which she has published several papers, and Japanese labor issues.