ECONOMYNEXT – US President Joe Biden has announced his intent to nominate Julie Chung for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Sri Lanka, the White House said.
Chung, a career diplomat and member of the US Senior Foreign Service, is expected to replace Alaina B Teplitz as US Ambassador.
Chung currently serves as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She is one of nine individuals Biden has announced his intent to nominate as ambassadors.
According to the White House, Chung was previously Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs at the State Department. She has also served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and Economic Counselor at the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Previously, she was Chief of Staff to the Transition Coordinator at the US Embassy in Baghdad and also served at the US embassies in Colombia, Vietnam and Japan, and the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China.
Chung is a Pickering Fellow and is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award. Chung speaks Korean, Japanese, Spanish, and Khmer, the White House said. (Colombo