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 Indonesia
CANDIDATE: Sung Y. Kim
Sung Y. Kim, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, has served as Ambassador to the Philippines since 2016. Ambassador Kim has more than three decades of East Asia regional experience, including serving as Ambassador to Korea from 2011 to 2014. His outstanding managerial skills, open interpersonal style, and demonstrated ability to engage productively on sensitive and complex policy issues and priorities, make him well qualified to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia.
Mr. Kim served 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, 2014-2016. He was Special Envoy for the Six Party Talks at the U.S. Department of State (2008-2011), and Director of the Office of Korean Affairs in the Department’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs (2006-2008). 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). Early in his career, he was Political Officer at U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, Economic Officer at U.S. Embassy Seoul, and Vice Consul at U.S. Consulate Hong Kong.
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. He has won numerous Department of State performance awards, including a Presidential Meritorious Honor Award (2018). He speaks Korean and Japanese.