Young-Ju Kim comes to the USKI as South Korea’s former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE). Prior to his appointment at MOCIE, Kim served as the Minister for Government Policy Coordination (2006-8). Minister Kim’s extensive career in South Korea’s public sector started with twenty years in Korea’s Economic Planning Board. In 1996, Kim joined the president’s administration as the Assistant Secretary to the President. In 1998, he joined Korea’s Ministry of Budget and Planning (MBP) and served in Director-level positions for various bureaus within the MBP including the Fiscal Policy and the Social Development Budget Bureaus. In 2001, Kim was appointed Secretary to the President for Policy Coordination and National Policy, and in 2002, he was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy (MOFE). Prior to his ministerial appointments, Kim served in senior advisory positions to the President for both Economic Policy and Policy Planning.
Minister Kim holds a B.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University in Korea and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in the U.S. Over his illustrious career, he has received citations from the Finance Minister (1977) and the Prime Minister (1985). In 2000, he was awarded the “Red Stripes” Order of Service Merit.