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Being a retired diplomat of 36 years, Ambassador Young-mok Kim served posts to different countries and a variety of missions, including multi-lateral negotiations with North Korea on nuclear, political and economic issues.

Mr. Kim was adviser to Presidential candidate Mme. Park Geun-hye on foreign and unification affairs and later became a member of her transition team when she became President-Elect.

Being invited to contribute to public causes in both domestic and international arenas, Mr. Kim is a member of the UNESCO Committee on Education of Korea, the advisory board of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Korea, and of the High Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP), an advisory group for the United Nations.

In 2013, Mr. Kim was appointed President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). While stressing “inclusive partnership” and “innovation” as a strategy for the agency, he puts a great deal of effort into expanding creative public-private partnerships.

Mr. Kim believes the benefits of technology and managerial know-how should reach the people under the poverty line, so that development cooperation can help achieve sustainability of these people and reduce inequality on a wider dimension.

Mr. Kim was born July 1953 and is married with two children.