Former U.S. Senior Foreign Service Officer Joins KEI

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New VP Brings over 38 Years of Experience

Mark Tokola, KEI Vice President
I am excited to join KEI, a premier think tank/public policy institute focused on US-ROK relations. As a person who has always had a strong belief in the importance of working with key U.S. allies, it is only natural to work with the Republic of Korea.

Mark Tokola has joined the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) as its Vice President.

Mr. Tokola comes to KEI with over 38 years of experience in the U.S. Department of State, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassies in South Korea, Mongolia and Iceland. Most recently, he served as the Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in London. He was given the State Department’s Superior Honor Award for his work on the Dayton Peace Accords in Bosnia-Herzegovina and served as Director of the Iraq Transition Assistance Office in Baghdad from 2007-2008. He was involved in planning the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales, the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, the 2010 G20 Summit in Seoul, and the 2009 G20 Summit in London.

“I am excited to join KEI, a premier think tank/public policy institute focused on US-ROK relations. As a person who has always had a strong belief in the importance of working with key U.S. allies, it is only natural to work with the Republic of Korea”, said Mark Tokola, KEI Vice President.

Linda Butcher, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at KEI, in making the announcement stated: “Vice President Mark Tokola brings a new dimension and complements President Donald Manzullo’s congressional experience, making KEI one of the few public policy institutes with strong legislative and executive branch experience”.

About KEI

The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) was established in 1982 as a not-for-profit educational organization to promote dialogue and understanding between the United States and Korea. As a leading policy outreach and educational organization, KEI focuses on promoting economic, political, and security relations between the U.S. and South Korea. Located in Washington, D.C. , KEI aims to broaden and deepen understanding among American policy leaders, opinion-makers, and the public about developments in Korea and the value of the U.S.-Korea relationship. Through its publications, outreach programs, social media outlets, podcasts, blog and website, KEI provides access to in-depth and current analyses about the two Koreas.

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