December 12th
"Security Challenges to Asian Nations"
At Irvine Marriott Hotel

World Affairs Council
of Orange County

Holiday Program


"Security Challenges to Asian Nations"

Panel Discussion

The world’s most populous region, Asia faces challenges that are of concern not only to the parties most immediately involved, but to the rest of us as well. Global movements of people, goods, arms, and diseases shape the demographics, economics, politics, and health of nations far removed from their Asian sites of origin. Join us as we hear directly from the Asian nations through their consular representatives.


People’s Republic of China - Consul General Zhang Yun

Consul General Zhang Yun born in Anhui Province of China in January 1950, is a university graduate.
2007.4- Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles
2004-2007.3 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Singapore
2000-2004 Director General, Protocol Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1999-2000 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and Concurrent Ambassador to the Republic of Maldives
1995-1999 Counsellor and then Deputy Director General, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1993-1995 Counsellor, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
1989-1993 Secretary, General Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1987-1989 Second Secretary, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1983-1987 Third Secretary and then Second Secretary, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
1980-1983 Staff member and then Third Secretary, Department of Asian Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
1976-1980 Staff member, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of India
Consul General Zhang Yun is married with a son.


Pakistan - Consul General Syed Ibne Abbas

Syed Ibne Abbas, Consul General joined the Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles on August 03, 2006. Prior to his present assignment, he served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad as Director General (2004-2006).

He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1983 and held various diplomatic assignments at the Pakistan Missions aboard: Berne (1989-1992), Geneva (1992-1994), Canberra (1998-2001) and New Delhi (2001-2004). He also worked at the Headquarters as Director and Desk Officer, and served as Deputy Secretary, Prime Minister’s Secretariat (1995-1997).

He has represented Pakistan and led delegations on several occasions on bilateral and multilateral fora. He attended the 1997 and 2006 UN General Assembly sessions as a Pakistan delegate. He represented Pakistan at the Conference on Disarmament and attended meetings of the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) and Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC).

He has delivered talks at the Pakistan’s premier civil and military training institutions. He holds master degrees in Political Science and International Relations. He is married and has three sons.


Sri Lanka - Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya

Mr. Jaliya Wickramasuriya is the present Consul General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles.

A leading tea exporter of the world’s largest producers of quality teas in Sri Lanka, Mr. Wickramasuriya has been appointed to the diplomatic position under the policy of Sri Lanka’s present Government, to share the talents and expertise of the island nation’s booming private sector, into the Foreign Service to make it more investor friendly.

Prior to assuming the current position he was the Chief Executive Officer of Ceylon Royal Tea in Sri Lanka and the United States. He held this position since 1999. This company is the largest exporter of value added Ceylon Tea from Sri Lanka to North America and was awarded the top four International Quality Certifications i.e. ISO 9002, ISO 2200, BRC and HACCP. He was instrumental in guiding this company to achieve these top awards.

He has represented Sri Lanka and the company in over forty countries promoting the export industry. He has attended several seminars, workshops and international certification courses in global marketing in countries such as USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Japan representing Sri Lanka.

He has held senior managerial positions at the MJF Group of Companies (internationally known as Dilmah Tea) one of the leading tea export companies in the tea producing world. He was working in this company for nearly two decades. He is specialized in international marketing, brand promotion, research and development, quality management and product development.

He was based in Atlanta, Georgia since the year 2000, prior to his arrival in Los Angeles to take up the position of the Head of Mission of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles.

He had his education at the Nalanda College of Colombo. He hails from the Southern region of the country and is married to Priyanga. He is the father of a daughter and son.


Dr. Patrick Morgan will serve as Panel Moderator. He holds the position of Tierney Chair and Acting Director of the Global Peace and Conflict Studies Center at the University of California, Irvine. He earned a Ph.D. and MA from Yale University and a BA from SUNY, Binghamton. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees to the World Affairs Council of Orange County.

Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Location: Irvine Marriott Hotel
18000 Von Karman Avenue, Irvine, Ca. 92612

Parking: Self parking is complimentary / valet $10.00

6:00 pm Reception * 7:00 pm Dinner * 7:45 pm Program

Members @ $50 Non-Members @ $65 Students @ $37