Ms. Halima “Bibi” Voyles is an Economic Officer at the China Desk in the U.S. Department of State where she tracks Chinese activities around the globe.
Since joining the Department in 2011, Ms. Voyles has served as the Acting Special Assistant, and Staff Assistant, in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. She was an Economic Officer in the Trade and Policy Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, and a Consular Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai, India, with temporary duty assignments in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Brasilia, Brazil.
Ms. Voyles earned her M.B.A. in International Economics and Marketing from Northwestern University, an M.S. in Technical Communication from the University of Washington with a short interlude at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, and her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Georgetown University.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service Ms. Voyles worked in a series of private sector roles in transportation, consumer goods, banking, and consulting. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese, Urdu, and a little French. Ms. Voyles is married to Darin Voyles, and has two children.