Image via WikipediaOn September 22, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Kurt Walter Tong to be the United States Senior Coordinator for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum with the rank of Ambassador. The WH released the following brief bio:
Kurt W. Tong is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently serving as Economic Coordinator in the State Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. Mr. Tong has served overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul. Most recently, he held the position of Director for Korean Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to that, he was Director for Asian Economic Affairs at the National Security Council. Mr. Tong was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics.
He holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.