Meet our team

James Castle

Founder of CastleAsia

In over 40 years of work in Southeast Asia, Mr. Castle has advised in the establishment of numerous foreign direct investment projects. He has acted as a consultant to many of the world’s largest corporations as well as many of Indonesia’s and Southeast Asia’s largest business groups. In addition to his experience with private sector clients, Mr. Castle has also been a consultant to numerous projects for governments and international agencies including the World Bank, IFC, ADB, USAID and the Indonesian government. He is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Monash University and was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2008 and 2011. He has served several terms as President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia and was the founding Chairman of the International Business Chamber in Indonesia.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of the Australia-Indonesia Centre. He was appointed by the Minister of Finance as the only non-Indonesian member of the Indonesian National Team to Review Tax Law Changes in 2005. He was one of two foreigners appointed to Indonesia’s Tripartite Forum on Industrial Relations in 2001. He has convened numerous conferences and seminars on economic reform, sectoral opportunities and public policy issues. He appears frequently on CNBC, CNN and BBC as a commentator on Indonesian business and politics. Mr. Castle earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Hawaii (1972) as an East-West Center student and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan (1968). As a PhD candidate from Cornell University, he conducted research as a Fulbright Doctoral Research Scholar at Universitas Pajajaran (Bandung, 1977) and the Koninklijke Instituut in The Netherlands (Leiden, 1976). He was an East-West Center visiting scholar at Mindanao State University, Philippines (1972), and Gajah Mada University, Indonesia (1973). He was a USAID intern in Washington DC in 1974. He served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines (Mindanao 1968-1970). He also studied in Tokyo at Sophia University in 1967. He has lived in Indonesia since 1977 and is fluent in Indonesian. He was born in Michigan, USA.

Positions and Activities

Australia-Indonesia Centre – Board Member 2014 to present
Center for Strategic and International Studies (Wash DC) – Senior Assoc, Sumitro Chair for SE Asia Studies 2014-16 American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia, President (1990-1993; 1999-2001, 2006); Chairman President’s Advisory Council (2014 to present)
Monash University, Honorary Professorial Fellow (2013 – 2015)
East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Advisory Board (2010 -2015)
PT TVS Motor Indonesia, Commissioner (2007 – 2015)
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Adjunct Professor (2008, 2011)
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, Advisory Board (2009-2010)
Indonesia National Team to Review Tax Law Changes, Member (2005)
International Business Chamber of Indonesia, Chairman (2000-2002), Board Member (2000 – present)
US-Indonesia Society, Board of Advisors (1998 – present)
Coca-Cola Indonesia, Board of Advisors (1996 – 2018)
Regent’s Visiting Scholar, University of Southern California (2003)
Indonesia National Tripartite Forum on Industrial Relations, Member (2001)
The Nature Conservancy, Founding Governor, Member, Indonesian Advisory Board (1992-2000)
American-Indonesia Education Exchange Foundation (Fulbright), Board of Directors (1989-1996)
US-ASEAN Business Council, Vice Chairman, Indonesian Board of Supervisors (1989-1994)
USAID-Indonesian Investment Board (BKPM) Private Sector Project, Project Director (1983-1988)
Indonesian-American Friendship Association, Vice Chairman (1985-1989)
Partner, Touche Ross Indonesia 1981-1983
Business International, Director Southeast Asia 1980-1981
Free Lance Journalist, Jakarta, 1978-1979

Publications:

Jokowi: A New Sheriff in Town, Australia-Indonesia Centre, Monash Univ. Dec 2014
Indonesia: Prospects for Prosperity in Great Decisions 2012, Foreign Policy Association (2012) Indonesia’s Infrastructure, Editor/Publisher (1994, 1996, 2010) (syndicated)
The Indonesian Consumer, Author/Editor (11th Edition 2010) (syndicated)
Who’s Who in Yudhoyono’s Indonesia (2004, 2005, 2010) (syndicated)
Indonesia Year in Review (Annual, 24thEdition 2018)
Indonesia Political Pulse (Annual,9thEdition 2018)
Toward the New Indonesia: collected articles, Suara Pembaruan (2002)
Who’s Who in Indonesian Politics, Author/Editor (1999) (syndicated)
Indonesian Health Care: Today and Tomorrow, Author, published by GP Farmasi (1995)