Kwang Sok Ryu, the consul general of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta, formally introduced himself to members of the Korea-Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the KOTRA Club, at a luncheon held at the World Trade Center here on July 9.

      Prior to his posting to Atlanta in April, he held various positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) in Seoul including director-general of the Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau, and spokesman and senior policy coordinator.

      He has served at Korea embassies in Washington, D.C., from 1976-79, in New Delhi, 1984-87 and in Tokyo 1992-95.

      He was a visiting scholar at Keio University in Tokyo, 1990-92 and earned a Master of Science degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1982.

      Hong-Rak Kim, a new consul at the Korean Consulate General here, also was introduced.  Most recently, Mr. Kim was first secretary at the Korean Embassy in Washington, D.C., 1996-98, and director for South American affairs at MOFAT in Seoul.  He also has served in Chile, Mexico and Panama.

      For more information, call the Consulate General at (404) 522-1611.