Speaker Bio

Andrew Wylegala
Andrew Wylegala
Senior Commercial Officer
U.S. Embassy

Andrew Wylegala is the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Wylegala served as Senior Commercial Officer at the United States Consulate General in Hong Kong from 2008 to 2012.

In over 18 years with the Commercial Service, Andrew Wylegala has held posts in Korea, Mexico, Peru, Ukraine, Germany and Iraq. Andrew received Commerce's Bronze Medal for superior federal service three times, most recently for his work in Baghdad, where he opened satellite Commercial Service offices in Erbil in the Kurdish Region of Iraq, and Amman, Jordan and introduced a host of critically needed business promotion services to the Iraqis.

Prior to taking the U.S. Foreign Service exam, Andrew was a Presidential Management Fellow on assignment to the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the International Trade Commission. He also worked on trade issues for U.S. Senator from Alaska Frank Murkowski and was an Intern for the House Economic Stabilization Committee under Congressman John LaFalce.

Mr. Wylegala holds a B.A. with Honors from Cornell University and an M.A. in International Relations from John Hopkins University/S.A.I.S. (Bologna and D.C.). He speaks Chinese, Japanese, German and Spanish.