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Friday, July 3, 2020 (10 AM - 12 PM)

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H.E Sung Y. Kim (US Ambassador to the Philippines at US Embassy Manila)

H.E Sung Y. Kim

US Ambassador to the Philippines at US Embassy Manila

On November 3, 2016, Ambassador Sung Kim was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines, and started this important posting on December 1, 2016. From 2011 to 2014, he was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea. In between the two ambassadorships, Ambassador Kim served as Special Representative for North Korea Policy in Washington.

Earlier, Ambassador Kim also served as the Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks with the rank of Ambassador. His previous overseas diplomatic assignments have included Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, California.

Ambassador Kim was born in Seoul, Korea, and grew up in Los Angeles. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed a degree in law from Loyola University. He also holds a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Korea. Ambassador Kim is married and has two daughters.

Hon. Richard Gomez (City Mayor at Ormoc City, Leyte)

Hon. Richard Gomez

City Mayor at Ormoc City, Leyte

Richard Gomez started his political career as a nominee of Mamamayan Ayaw sa Droga (MAD) Partylist in the Congressional election of 2001. Their party won but eventually disqualified due to failure to present proof of sectoral representation.

He initially planned to run as governor of Bulacan province but since he still lacks the residency requirements of Malolos being a former resident of Horseshoe, Quezon City, he decided to run instead as a Senator in the 2007 elections. Running independent without a political party endorsing, he lost in that election.

In 2010, he ran as a congressman but was disqualified by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) because of his failure to sufficiently establish residency in Ormoc City. His wife, Lucy Torres-Gomez, took his place and won. He served as his wife's chief of staff during her term as congresswoman.

In 2013, he ran for mayor of Ormoc City in the May 2013 local elections but lost. In 2016, he ran again for mayor of Ormoc City in the May 2016 local elections and won. In 2019, he ran again for reelection as mayor of Ormoc City in the May 2019 local elections and won.

William Brian Arnaiz (Globe Ambassador at Globe Business)

William Brian Arnaiz

Globe Ambassador at Globe Business

-Certified Management Consultant Philippines (CMC)
-Manager, Digital Transformation Consulting Services
-Globe Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Practitioner