Republic of China (Taiwan)
Stanley Kao has been appointed representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) to the United States, having previously served as head of the Taipei Representative Office in Italy since 2013.
In addition, Kao served as director-general of the Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei (2010-13); representative of the Taipei Representative Office in Hungary (2008-10); deputy representative of TECRO in Washington, D.C. (2004-07); and deputy permanent representative of the Taiwanese Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization in Switzerland (2002-04). He also served as the English interpreter for President Chen Shui-bian (2000-01); English interpreter for President Lee Teng-hui (1998-2000); deputy chief of mission at the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia (1996-98); director-general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, Georgia (1993-96); and special assistant at the Coordination Council for North American Affairs (now TECRO) in D.C. (1985-90). Other postings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include director-general of the Department of North American Affairs (2001-02), where he also served as deputy director-general (1998-2001) and section chief (1990-92).
Representative Kao holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from National Taiwan University, a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from National Chenchi University in Taipei and he was a fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.
He is married to Sherry Sung and has one daughter. Representative Kao, who was born May 16, 1953, in Taipei, enjoys traveling, tennis, golf, baseball, music, reading and movies.