Stephan Wasylko

Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs, U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce (Retired)

Stephan Wasylko began his career as an international trade specialist with the U.S. Department of Commerce in 1976. Following his appointment to the U.S. Foreign Service in 1981, he served with distinction as the Senior Commercial Officer at U.S. Embassies in Prague, Czechoslovakia (1981-1983); Budapest, Hungary (1985-1989); Kyiv, Ukraine (1992-1995); Moscow, Russia (2000-2003); London, England (2003-2007) and Ottawa, Canada (2007- 2010). Stephan also completed assignments as the Principal Commercial Officer at U.S. Consulates in Vancouver, British Columbia (1989-1992) and Toronto, Ontario (1995- 2000) in addition to special assignments in the People’s Republic of China, Poland and Japan.

Stephan earned numerous commendations from business and civic organizations and U.S. Government performance awards, including the Commerce Department’s Silver Medal for his pioneering work in establishing U.S. Commercial Service operations and the American Business Center in Ukraine and the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award for protecting employees and property in the face of violent demonstrations as the Acting Consul General in Toronto. He retired from the Senior Foreign Service in 2010, after 37 years of U.S. Government service, with the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor and currently works as a private consultant specializing in international trade development and government relations.

Stephan was born in Salzburg, Austria and reared in Auburn, New York. He holds a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University and an MBA in International Trade and Finance from the University of Toronto. He is a U.S. Army Veteran (1971-1973) and has a wide range of language skills, including Ukrainian, Russian, Czech, and Polish. Stephan and his wife, Carol (Petras) Wasylko, have two children.