Senior Commercial Officer for Vietnam
Sarah Kemp began her tour of duty as Senior Commercial Officer in Vietnam on August 9, 2011, overseeing the Commercial Service operations in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. This follows Ms. Kemp’s five year tour in Beijing, China as Deputy Senior Commercial Officer where she had operational responsibility of the Service’s 147 staff in Beijing and the five subordinate Consulates and was the Director of the Department of Commerce’s International Partner Network, overseeing operations in 14 second tier cities in China. In this capacity she was in charge of developing strategic corporate relationships with Chinese and US companies and government entities, implementing marketing campaigns and developing strategies to increase the program’s impact.
Before Beijing, she served as Deputy Chief Commercial Consul for the U.S. Commercial Service’s operations in Hong Kong. Her first overseas assignment was in Bangkok, Thailand during the Asian Economic crisis.
Sarah Kemp joined the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1992 as a Presidential Management Fellow. During her tenure in D.C. she helped formulate and draft the first National Export Strategy and focused on U.S.-ASEAN trade promotion and policy, helping to develop the White House initiative “the U.S.-ASEAN Alliance for Mutual Growth.”
Prior to joining Commerce, Ms. Kemp worked for the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School and the America-China Society in New York.
Sarah received a Masters in Business Administration from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Masters in Public Policy from Columbia University, and a BA in Psychological Anthropology from Hamilton College.