Kim Sung Y. - Republic of the Philippines - May 2016


REPORT FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

UNITED STATES SENATE


SUBJECT: Ambassadorial Nomination: Certificate of
Demonstrated Competence -- Foreign Service
Act, Section 304(a)(4)

POST: Republic of the Philippines

CANDIDATE: Sung Y. Kim


Sung Y. Kim, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, currently serves as Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, a position he has held since 2014. Mr. Kim has extensive East Asia regional experience, including service as U.S. Ambassador to Korea from 2011 to 2014. His outstanding managerial skills, open interpersonal style, and ability to work well with numerous U.S. Government agencies on sensitive and complex policy issues and priorities, makes him well qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines.

Previously, Mr. Kim served as Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks at the U.S. Department of State (2008-2011), and as the Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (2006-2008). Prior to that, he served as Political-Military Unit Chief at U.S. Embassy Seoul, Korea (2002-2006), Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Tokyo, Japan (1999-2002), and as Political-Military Officer in the Office of Chinese Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (1997-1999). He also served as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1994-1997), Staff Assistant in the Department of State’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (1992-1993), Economic Officer at U.S. Embassy Seoul, Korea (1990-1992), and Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate Hong Kong (1988-1990).

Mr. Kim earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, a J.D. from Loyola University Law School in Los Angeles, and a Master’s of Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Kim has won numerous Department of State performance awards. His languages are Korean and Japanese.