Hugo Yon joined the Bureau of International Organization Affairs as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary on December 29, 2020. Immediately prior to this assignment, Mr. Yon served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. He is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and entered the Department of State in 1999.
Mr. Yon was previously the Director for International Economics on the National Security Council (NSC) staff at the White House responsible for engagement with the Group of 7, Group of 20, global economic platforms, and the Asia economy from July 2016 to July 2017. He also served as NSC Director for India and the Subcontinent from March 2015 to June 2016. His most recent overseas tour of duty was as Deputy Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India. He has also served multiple overseas tours of duty in Jakarta and Beijing, as well as our Consulate in Guangzhou and the American Institute in Taiwan, notably as Transportation Officer. In Washington, he also served from 2008-2009 as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs covering East Asia economics, International Finance and Development, and Communications and Information Policy.
Mr. Yon has an MPA in Economics and Public Policy from the School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, and Indonesian.