“The United States and Indonesia have a strong relationship, and I look forward to a future of even more progress. I hope to work to the benefit of the Indonesian and American peoples, and to get to know this beautiful country,” said Ambassador Kim in a press release issued on Wedneday.
Ambassador Kim arrived in Jakarta on October 4 and completed a 14-day quarantine.
Ambassador Kim was nominated to be the US Ambassador to Indonesia in October 2019 and confirmed by the full Senate in August 2020.
Ambassador Kim most recently served as US Ambassador to the Philippines from November 2016 until October 2020. From 2011 to 2014, he was the US Ambassador to the South Korea. In between the two ambassadorships, Ambassador Kim served as Special Representative for North Korea Policy in Washington, D.C.
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.