Senior Commercial Officer at the US Embassy in Hong Kong
Over 18 years with the Commercial Service, Andrew Wylegala has helped U.S. exporters and other firms gain business in Korea, Mexico, Peru, Ukraine, Germany and Iraq. During his assignment in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2012, Andrew is working with Hong Kong and U.S.-based firms to help them take advantage of new business opportunities in Hong Kong, China and other Asian Pacific countries.
Andrew received Commerce's Bronze Medal for superior federal service three times, most recently for his work in Baghdad, where he opened satellite Commercial Service offices in Erbil in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, and Amman, Jordan and introduced a host of critically needed business promotion services to the Iraqis.
Prior to taking the U.S. Foreign Service exam, Andrew was a Presidential Management Fellow on assignment to the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the International Trade Commission. He also worked on trade issues for U.S. Senator from Alaska Frank Murkowski and was an LBJ Intern for the House Economic Stabilization Committee under Congressman John LaFalce.
Before beginning his government career, Andrew worked as a paralegal for two Washington D.C. law firms and researched new ventures for a business development firm focused on Asia. He has studied and traveled in Japan, including an internship within the research division of the Mitsui Trading Company in Tokyo. Andrew's languages are Chinese, Japanese, German and Spanish. Andrew received a B.A. with Honors from Cornell University and an M.A. in International Relations from John Hopkins University/S.A.I.S. (Bologna and D.C.).