Ambassador Kim is the deputy minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs at the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Previously, he was the director-general of the Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs Bureau, the ambassador of the Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations, and the director of the United Nations Division at MOFAT. He also represented the Republic of Korea as a sherpa for the Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul in March last year. Dr. Kim joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982 and served in the Korean Embassies in Japan, the Russian Federation, Pakistan and the Korean Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He received his undergraduate degree from Seoul National University, an M.A. from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Dongguk University, Korea.