South Korea’s new consul general in Atlanta, Lee Kwang-jae, has had extensive diplomatic experience in France and French-speaking countries in Africa and most recently held the position of director-general at Korea’s Middle East and African Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He replaced Sung-Yup Kim, who is retiring from the ministry and who returned to Seoul, Korea, earlier in May.

Mr. Lee also served in Argentina as minister-counselor in the Korean embassy in Buenos Aires from 2000-02 and the United Nations where he was counselor to the Korean Permanent Mission, 1994-97.

He served in France as third secretary at Korea’s embassy in Paris, 1980-02; as first secretary at the embassy, 1986-90 and counselor at the embassy, 1997-2000.

Mr. Lee also has served in various capacities in the Ivory Coast and Mauritania. He graduated in 1976 from the Department of French Education at Seoul National University and studied at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

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