Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
China Initiative

Ambassador Sung Y. Kim P'22 ─ Old Friends, New Frontiers

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street

Ambassador Kim will discuss America’s important interests and relations in Asia, the administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy, and key developments in the world’s most dynamic region.

Ambassador Sung Y. Kim

U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines

On November 3, 2016, Ambassador Sung Kim was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, and began his posting on December 1, 2016. From 2011 to 2014, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. In between the two ambassadorships, Ambassador Kim served as Special Representative for North Korea Policy in Washington.

Earlier, Ambassador Kim also served as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of Ambassador. His previous overseas diplomatic assignments have included Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, California.

Ambassador Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola University. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Korea. Ambassador Kim is married and has two daughters.