Deputy Economic Counselor
American Institute in Taiwan
Arati Shroff is a career U.S. diplomat and is currently the Deputy Economic Chief at the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) in Taipei. She was most recently posted to Honolulu, Hawaii as an Una Chapman Cox Fellow and East-West Center Adjunct Fellow analyzing U.S.-China strategic competition in emerging high tech sectors. Arati worked closely with U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet to assess the implications of China taking on a leadership role in key high tech sectors. In her previous overseas assignment, Arati advanced U.S. economic policy at U.S. Consulate Shanghai. She has also served in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asia in Washington D.C., at U.S. Embassy Kuwait, and is a graduate of AIT’s Chinese Language and Area Studies School program. She began her Foreign Service career as an intern at U.S. Embassy Beijing during China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Prior to her diplomatic career, Arati worked in investment banking in Hong Kong and New York. She was previously a consultant with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation in India, where she helped socially responsible enterprises gain access to start-up capital. As a TechnoServe Fellow in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Arati advised youth entrepreneurs. She serves as an advocate for international women’s issues and has been an adviser and Board member of various women's professional associations in the United States and overseas. Arati earned a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She is a recipient of the Johns Hopkins Woodrow Wilson Research Fellowship. Arati was co-editor of the SAIS Journal on International Development and has published research in the Neuroscience Research Communications journal. Originally from the state of Illinois, Arati speaks Chinese, Arabic, and Hindi. She enjoys seeking ways to pursue a holistic approach to life through yoga, meditation, and spending time outdoors.