Sharon Stirling is deputy director for GMF's Asia Program. In this role, she coordinates the day-to-day running of the program and oversees its annual budget of more than a million dollars. Stirling manages GMF’s Japan portfolio, which includes annual U.S.–Japan–Europe forums: the Trilateral Forum Tokyo and Japan Trilateral Forum, a renowned leadership development initiative for mid-career professionals from major democracies called the Young Strategists Forum, and high-level workshops and seminars in Brussels, Berlin, and Washington, DC. She also manages GMF’s developing portfolio of work on Southeast Asia, including the Southeast Asia Trilateral Forum, and oversees research products on transatlantic cooperation on a rising Asia.
Prior to joining GMF, she was a TV news producer for NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting organization. Serving at NHK’s bureau in Washington, DC, her assignments included the U.S. State Department, the 2008 presidential election, and the 2008 global financial crisis.
Stirling was born in the Philippines, spent ten years in Japan, four years in Taiwan, and a year in China, and has traveled extensively in Asia. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.