Executive Director of the Korea-Central Asia cooperation Forum Secretariat
Seong-in Kim is the Executive Director of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat and the Executive Vice President of the Korea Foundation. Mr. Kim gained his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration at Yonsei University, Korea. He also studied at the Graduate School of Public Administration at Seoul National University, Korea, and earned his master’s degree in International Economics at Vanderbilt University, USA.
After passing the 27th Korean High Civil Service Examination, Mr. Kim devoted himself to serving the Korean public for more than 30 years in the fields of trade, industry, and foreign affairs. In 1985, he started his career as civil servant at the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and since then he has served in various branches of the Korean central government, including the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Furthermore, he served the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) as Special Advisor to the Executive Secretary, contributing his extensive knowledge in various areas, including trade and Korea’s domestic and foreign affairs. For over two years, he has also served as trade advisor to the Virginia State Government. In addition, Mr. Kim took part in several key diplomatic missions abroad, including as Minister-Counsellor of the Korean Embassy in the Kingdom of Belgium and the Korean Mission to the European Union in 2006, and as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of the Fiji Islands in 2013. His reputation for leadership, expertise in international affairs, and distinguished civil service record earned him the concurrent appointment as Executive Vice President of the Korea Foundation and Executive Director of the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat in 2018.