Donovan Jr., Joseph R. - Republic of Indonesia - July 2016



SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of Indonesia

CANDIDATE: Joseph R. Donovan Jr.

Joseph R. Donovan Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Managing Director of the Washington Office, American Institute of Taiwan, a position he has held since 2014. Recognized as one of the most experienced East Asia experts in the Department, Mr. Donovan has 37 years of experience working in the Bureau of East Asian Affairs and related countries. The keen management and interpersonal skills and foreign policy expertise he demonstrated while serving in senior leadership positions across the Asia Pacific region and domestically make him an excellent choice for U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia.

Previously, Mr. Donovan served as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Pentagon, Virginia (2012-2014), Associate Professor, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. (2011-2012), and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP) (2009-2011). He also served as Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Hong Kong (2008-2009), Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan (2005-2008), and Director, Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs, EAP (2003-2005). Before that, Mr. Donovan was Political Section Chief, American Institute in Taiwan in Taipei (2000-2003), Political/Military Unit Chief, U.S. Embassy Tokyo (1997-2000), and External Unit Chief, Political Section, U.S. Embassy Beijing (1993-1995). Earlier assignments include service in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Beijing, Seoul, and Doha. Before joining the Foreign Service, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Seoul.

Mr. Donovan earned a B.S. from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a Master’s degree from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He has received numerous performance awards. His languages are Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.