Edgard Kagan served as deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 2014-2017. He served as deputy director of the U.S. Mission to the UN’s Washington Office from September 2013-July 2014, helping represent U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Samantha Power in her capacity as a cabinet member, including regular participation in meetings of the National Security Council Deputies Committee. Mr. Kagan served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs from July 2012-August 2013, where he oversaw U.S. relations with Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. A Foreign Service officer since 1991, he previously served as director of Korean affairs, including serving as acting deputy assistant secretary for Japan and Korea from August 2011-January 2012. Mr. Kagan served as economic and then political-economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, after having previously served at the U.S. Embassies in Beijing; Tel Aviv; Budapest; and Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. His other Washington assignments have included working as a desk officer in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs as well as a tour as staff assistant to the director of policy planning.
A 1989 graduate cum laude of Yale University, Mr. Kagan worked for the New York City Bureau of Bridges 1989-1991, finishing as the director of fiscal and budget in the operations division. He speaks French and Mandarin Chinese as well as some Hungarian and Spanish.
Born in Chicago and raised in Wilmette, Illinois, Mr. Kagan is married to Cynthia Gire. They have three children.