Faculty members

SIBALA, Catherine
Visiting and Adjunct Faculty Members
SIBALA, Catherine


Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Faculty in Charge of Accreditation, Hitotsubashi ICS


Theoretical Foundations: Business Ethics (MBA), Intensive Writing (MBA), Writing for Business (MBA), Topics in Business Ethics: Cross-cultural interaction; Neuroscience; AI and ESG (GNAM SNOC)

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 and presented regularly at domestic and international conferences. 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. 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 have a strong Japan focus and include Japanese labor issues, a field in which she has international conference presentation and publication experience; as well as Japan’s foreign relations, an area in which she has published several papers.