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A senior Korean economist, Dr. Soogil Young joined the KDI School in February 2013 as a Visiting Professor of Green Growth, and Director of Research Projects on global green growth and decarbonization. Professor Young served on the Presidential Committee on Green Growth of the Republic of Korea as its Chairman from July 2010 to December 2012, under President Lee Myung-bak, co-chairing the Committee with the Prime Minister. He currently co-chairs the Advisory Board for the Global Green Growth Forum sponsored by the Danish government as well as the Research Advisory Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, a joint undertaking of GGGI, World Bank, the OECD, and UNEP.

Since November 2012, Professor Young has been serving as a member of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), co-chairing the Thematic Group on Low-Carbon Energy and Sustainable Industry. From 1978 to 1998 he worked on the economic policies of Korea at four major governmental think tanks, including as a senior fellow at the Korea Development Institute (KDI), as President of the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI), and at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). From 1998 to 2000 he served as Korea’s Ambassador to the OECD, concurrently serving as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the OECD Development Centre. From 2005 to 2010, he served as President of the National Strategy Institute (NSI), an independent think tank on economic reforms. Since the early 1980s, he has served on numerous governmental advisory committees, including four Presidential Commissions/Committees.

In 1994 Dr. Young was awarded the National Decoration of the Dongbaik Order for his contribution to a successful, covert project on the Presidential Emergency Decree for Real-Name Financial Transactions of August 1993. From 2006 to 2009, he represented Korea in the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) as Chairman of the Korea National Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (KOPEC). He has written extensively on Korea’s development and international challenges. Most recently, he edited and co-authored a book, Korea’s Green Growth 1.0 – A Critical Assessment and Recommendations for Green Growth 2.0, which was published in Korean in February 2013. He is a graduate of Seoul National University with a BS in chemical engineering and holds a PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University.