Partner, The Asia Group; Former U.S. Consul General to Hong Kong and Macau
Ambassador Kurt Tong is a Partner at The Asia Group, where he leads the firm’s work in Japan and the broader East Asia region. A leading expert in diplomacy and economic affairs in East Asia, Ambassador Tong brings thirty years of experience in the Department of State as a career Foreign Service Officer and member of the Senior Foreign Service.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Ambassador Tong served as Consul General and Chief of Mission in Hong Kong and Macau, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs at the State Department from 2014 to 2016, and the Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. In 2013, he received the Cordell Hull Award for Economic Achievement by Senior Officers for success in advancing U.S. economic interests by reducing trade barriers, increasing market access for American products, and enhancing international cooperation across the Asia Pacific region.
Ambassador Tong holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and studied economics at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He speaks and reads both Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. He is married to Dr. Mika Marumoto; they have three grown children.