James F. Moriarty is BGA’s senior advisor for South Asia, responsible for developing the company’s relationships and business in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Moriarty is well known as one of the top American strategists on the Asia-Pacific. He served as U.S. ambassador in Bangladesh (2008-2011) and Nepal (2004-2007), as well as special advisor to the U.S. president and senior director for Asia at the National Security Council. He also serves as an adjunct fellow at the East-West Center.
Moriarty’s hands-on experience and knowledge of South Asia has roots in a deep proficiency in East Asia – with a particular focus on China and Taiwan. BGA’s clients see logical synergies and dynamic opportunities developing as Southeast Asia integrates economically with neighboring markets. Moriarty has a unique capability to connect those dots for clients and carefully knit BGA’s unmatched Southeast Asia networks with government, business, and civil society leaders throughout South Asia.
After graduating from Dartmouth College, Moriarty joined the Foreign Service and served around the world before his career began to focus on China. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and has functioned, over time, as chief of general affairs at the American Institute in Taiwan (1995-98), minister counselor for political affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (1998-2001) and director for China affairs at the National Security Council (2001-02). He led the team handling south Asia, East Asia and Oceania at the NSC as senior director for Asia (2002-2004). Moriarty is an exceptional linguist, with intensive training in Chinese Mandarin, Urdu, Nepali, and Bangla.