Meet Our Team

The Expo Unit Director is Jim Core and the Project Manager for the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is Matthew Asada. You may contact the Expo Unit at expo@state.gov.


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Date: 2018 Description: Jim Core. Director, International Expositions Unit. Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs - State Dept ImageJim Core
Director International Expositions Unit
Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
U.S. Department of State

Jim was named Director of the International Expositions Unit when it was launched in 2017 at the U.S. Department of State. He leads the Department’s engagement on International Expositions and contact between the Department of State and other branches of the federal government and external partners.

From 2010 to 2016, he worked to improve the Department’s global operations as a senior analyst in the Office of Management Policy, Rightsizing, and Innovation (M/PRI). He served on the International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS) Working Group and the eGovernment Advisory Board to set policy for approximately $5 billion in support activities. . Prior to this he led strategic planning and budget formulation projects in the Office of Strategic and Performance Planning (2005-2010). Previous employers include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Resolution Trust Corporation, and an international development contractor.

He earned a B.A. in International Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University (Rutherford, NJ) and a M.A. in International Affairs at The George Washington University (Washington, DC).

Jim is the recipient of two Superior and three Meritorious Honor Awards from the Department of State. He is a 2017 recipient of the George Washington University Alumni Outstanding Service Award.

Jim is on the Board of Advisors of the Elliott School of International Affairs and is a past president of the George Washington University Alumni Association. He and his wife Wendy live in Kensington, MD.


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Date: 2018 Description: Matthew K. Asada  EXPO 2020 Project Manager  Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affair - State Dept Image

Matthew K. Asada
EXPO 2020 Project Manager
Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Matthew Asada is a fourth generation Japanese-American and third generation public servant from Detroit. He joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a political officer in 2003. In July 2013, he was elected by his peers to a two-year term as the State Vice President of the American Foreign Service Association – the professional association and public sector union for America’s 15,000 diplomats. He is currently the project manager for the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai – the next World’s Fair. He recently returned from Embassy New Delhi, where he served as an Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer responsible for U.S.-India exchanges, alumni outreach, and higher education cooperation. In 2018, he was elected President of the Asian American Foreign Affairs Association, the Department’s employee group for Asian Americans.

As a Foreign Service officer he has served in border posts in Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, and Germany. On the German-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kunduz he helped expand the opening hours and maximize trade opportunities of the new U.S.-funded $49 million Afghan-Tajik Bridge. Two years later, he staffed Ambassadors Marc Grossman and the late Richard Holbrooke as they sought to forge a political settlement to the conflict in Afghanistan. As an American Political Science Association (APSA) Congressional Fellow with his hometown Congressman Gary Peters (MI-9), he worked to increase trade and travel through the Detroit-Windsor corridor, the world’s most important trade link.

He graduated from the London School of Economics (MSc in European Politics and Policy) and the University of Pennsylvania (BS in Economics, BA in International Studies and German). He also studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Humboldt University in Berlin. He speaks fluent German and rudimentary Hindi, Urdu, Dari, and Spanish. He is an alumnus of the Atlantik-Brücke, APAICS, Japanese American Citizen’s League Young Leader programs and an International Career Advancement Program fellow.