Mr. Stephen Kovacsics was born and raised in the Philadelphia area. He earned a BA in Communications from Philadelphia’s Temple University in 1993, and an MA in International Trade Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 1999. Following graduation, he conducted marketing research analytics for several Silicon Valley startups and for a marketing research firm in Florida.
He joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 2003 as an Economic Officer. He has served as a Consular Officer and a Political/Economic Officer in Nigeria, Belarus, and Russia (Vladivostok). His last overseas tour was as the Consular Section Chief in Kyrgyzstan from 2009 to 2012. Most recently, he spent a year studying Japanese language at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute field school in Yokohama. He speaks Japanese, Russian, Hungarian and French.
Mr. Kovacsics first came to Japan in 1992 when he studied at Temple University’s Tokyo campus for one semester, and then again for three years as a JET program participant on a small island in the Seto Naikai in Hiroshima Prefecture. In his free time Mr. Kovacsics enjoys music, watching Japanese baseball and sumo wrestling, and running marathons.