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Honourable Tae Sik Lee
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States of America
Guest of Honour
ICAS Annual Liberty Award Dinner 2007
December 7, 2007 Friday 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Sheraton University City Hotel Benjamin Franklin Ballroom
3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
We are pleased to share with you that Ambassador Tae Sik Lee will be the Guest of Honour at the ICAS Annual
Liberty Award Reception & Dinner 2007 and receive the ICAS Annual Liberty Award 2007
for his "outstanding professional achievements and
distinguished leadership advancing the US - Korea relations and the great humanistic values; Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Ambassador Lee is a career diplomat whose service for his country covers four decades and four continents.
After passing the High Diplomatic Service Examination and joining the Ministry in 1973,
Ambassador Lee served in various locations around the globe including Liberia,
the Philippines, Austria, Yugoslavia and the EU, among others.
He has also held several senior level positions throughout the Korean government, including Director-General
of the International Trade Bureau at Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Deputy
Executive Director of Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO).
In July of 2000 his first Ambassadorial posting was as Ambassador to Israel, where
he served until February of 2002 when he was called back to serve as the Deputy
Minister for Foreign Affairs. In his capacity as the Deputy Foreign Minister, he
led Korean delegations in various security negotiations and consultations, particularly
those addressing North Korea's nuclear issue.
In June of 2003, he became the Korean Ambassador to the Court of St. James's (United Kingdom). In January of 2005,
he was posted back to Seoul as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ambassador Lee became Korea's Ambassador to the United States in October of 2005,
presenting his credentials to President Bush in November of 2005. Ambassador Lee
had served in the Korean Embassy in the United States before, as a First Secretary from 1981-1984.
Ambassador Lee was born on October 26, 1945 and is a native of
the Republic of Korea. He pursued his academic studies in Korea and the United
States, graduating from the Department of International Relations at Seoul National
University in 1970 and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins
in May of 1988. Ambassador Lee is married with three sons.
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Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President