COVID Consular Conversations: Asia Edition
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The coronavirus pandemic has added a new dimension to international competition even as it has underscored global connectivity in a new and challenging way.
Diplomats working around the world to knit together a coordinated response are doing without their customary personal touch and with the added responsibility of shepherding their compatriots through an unprecedented health and economic crisis.
Join Global Atlanta August 6 for the third virtual edition of Consular Conversations, our ongoing series of interviews with consuls general working in the Southeast United States, sponsored by Miller & Martin PLLC.
Our monthly luncheons may be on indefinite hiatus, but these discussions are as important as ever at a time when cross-border collaboration is at a premium.
For this edition, we’re welcoming as our guests:
- Deputy Consul General of South Korea Kwangsuk Lee
- Consul General of India Swati Kulkarni
- Consul General of Indonesia – Houston Nana Yuliana
Registration is limited to the first 100 attendees. Global Atlanta email newsletter subscribers and Consular Conversations annual pass holders will be prioritized.
This event is free, but the $40 Consular Conversations annual pass is available. While we’re unable to meet in person or offer luncheons for the foreseeable pandemic future, we’re providing the following benefits to those who buy/renew the pass through the end of August:
Early notification and priority registration for limited virtual event slots
Extension of annual pass validity to all in-person luncheons through the end of 2021
Access to digital recordings of live online events, even without attending
Access to e-book with Consular Conversations summaries
About our speakers:
Kwangsuk Lee is Deputy Consul General for the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Consulate serves the Southeast U.S. region including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico. He began his tenure as Deputy Consul General in February of 2020.
Deputy Consul General Lee joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000 and has worked in civil service for 20 years. He served as First Secretary of Economics and Congressional Affairs at the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Mission at the Korean Embassy in Sudan. Deputy Consul General Lee also served as Consul for the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Boston from 2014 to 2017. Prior to his posting to the Atlanta Consulate, he served as Director of the ROK-US Security Cooperation Division of the North American Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul.
Deputy Consul General Lee graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. He has also studied at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. He is married with two sons, and resides in Decatur, Georgia.
Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni is a career diplomat who holds M.B.B.S. (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree from the prestigious Government Medical College, Nagpur in India. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1995.
Prior to her appointment as Consul General, Consulate General of India, Atlanta, she served as Regional Passport Officer, Mumbai, Maharashtra (2014-2018), Consul General in CGI Cape Town- South Africa (2012-2014), Deputy Head of Mission in Muscat, Oman (2008-2012).
Dr. Kulkarni’s previous overseas assignments were First Secretary in High Commission of India, London (2005-2008), where she successfully worked as a nodal officer for preventing discrimination for Indian Medical Graduates after the implementation of new UK Immigration rules; First Secretary in the High Commission of India, Port Louis, Mauritius (2001-2003); and as a Third Secretary (Language Trainee) in Embassy of India, Spain (1997-1998).
At Headquarters, Dr. Kulkarni worked as an Additional Private Secretary to the External Affairs Minister and later deputed as Regional Passport Officer, Pune, Maharashtra (1998-2001) and as Under Secretary looking after Austria, Cyprus, Greece, Slovenia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein & Holy See, Malta, Portugal, Ireland and Spain (2003-2005).
Dr. Kulkarni is married to Mr. Vijay Jayant Kulkarni who is a Merchant Mariner by profession and has two daughters.
Her interests include study of developmental issues, swimming, and tennis.
Consul General Nana Yuliana has been serving her duties as the Consul General since September 2017. Prior to her position as Consul General, she was the Director of Mid-career Diplomatic School at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia. From 2008-2015, she was the Counselor of Economic
Affairs at the Embassy of Indonesia in Bangkok and Permanent Representative of Indonesia to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP).
Her bachelor’s degree was English Education from Institute of Teacher’s Training in Jakarta, the she pursued her master’s degree in Applied Linguistic for Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and International Studies from University of Indonesia in Jakarta. She completed her Doctoral Degree in Development Studies from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila,
Philippines, in 2006.
She is married to Imam Bogie Yudhaswara and they are blessed with two