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John Seong is the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Timor-Leste.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Seong has been with USAID for 24 years, serving in Africa, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, and most recently, Afghanistan.
From 2012 to 2013, Seong was USAID’s Senior Development Officer at the International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) Regional Command North in Afghanistan, where he oversaw a $150 million program addressing the critical challenges of economic growth, agriculture, democracy and governance, health, education and gender in nine northern provinces. He also led the U.S. Government’s support to ISAF counter-insurgency and stability operations in northern Afghanistan.
Before arriving in Afghanistan, Seong served as the Chief of Policy, Planning and Information Management in the Office of Human Resources, supporting the Agency’s talent management effort, including the expansion of Foreign and Civil Service workforce. Seong also served as the Deputy Mission Director in Armenia, providing senior leadership in managing the mission and a wide range of USAID programs.
Seong received bachelor’s degrees from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Siena College and master’s degrees from the State University of New York and the National Defense University.
Last updated: December 01, 2015