Research, ideas, and interdisciplinary approach
for low-carbon and sustainable development​


Senior Advisor

Suk-Woo Kim
Chairman, Seoul International Law Academy & Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Unification of ROK
  • 19671B.A. College of Law, Seoul National University
  • 19701M.A. Graduate School, Seoul National University
  • 1978-791International Center, Keio University, Tokyo
  • 1985-861Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • 2013-Member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Security
  • 2004-President, National Development Institute, Seoul
  • 2004-07Professor, Cheonan University
  • 2002-04Chief of Staff to the Speaker Park Kwan-yong of the National Assembly
  • 1998-02Senior Visiting Fellow, CSIS, Washington, D.C.
  • 1996-98Vice Minister, Ministry of National Unification
  • 1993-96Senior Secretary to the President Kim Young-sam, Blue House
  • 1991-92Director-General, Asian Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1986-89Political Counsellor, Korean Embassy, Tokyo
  • 1983-85Director, Japan Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • 1975-77Second Secretary, Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C.
  • 2003Order of Public Service Merit - Yellow Stripes Medal
  • 1992Order of Diplomatic Service Merit - Soongrye Medal
  • 1984Order of Public Service Merit - Red Stripes Medal
Kak-Soo Shin
Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ROK
Basic Data

Ambassador Shin Kak-Soo was born on January 16th, 1955 in Young-dong County, Choongbook Province, Korea. He is married with one son and one daughter, and a catholic.


Ambassador Shin graduated from the College of Law at Seoul National University (SNU) in February 1977. He then earned a master’s degree (LLM) in international law from the Graduate School of Law at SNU in February 1979. In 1983 he studied Japanese at the International Center of Japan’s Keio University, and moved to the Department of Law at Tokyo University, majoring in international law in 1984. In August 1991 he earned a S.J.D from the Graduate School of Law at SNU.

Diplomatic Career

In May 1975 Ambassador Shin passed the High Diplomatic Service Examination, and in January 1977 he joined the ministry of foreign affairs. Ambassador Shin started his work at the international legal affairs division and treaties division in the treaties bureau as assistant director from 1977 to 1985.

In January 1986 Ambassador Shin was assigned as first secretary to the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Japan for three years, and in March 1989 he came back as deputy director of the Japan division at the Asian and Pacific affairs bureau. In February 1990 he was appointed advisor to the vice-minister for foreign affairs, and in August 1993 he was promoted to director of the Japan division at the Asian and Pacific affairs bureau.

Ambassador Shin served as advisor to the foreign minister for the year of 1995. He was then transferred to the Korean Mission to the United Nations in 1996 and worked there as counselor for three years. Following this, Ambassador Shin was assigned to the Korean Embassy to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as minister-counselor for two years.

In February 2001 he became deputy director-general for the East Asia Study Group at the Asian Pacific affairs bureau, and in January 2002 he was named director-general of the treaties Bureau. After two years of service as legal advisor, he was appointed as dputy permanent representative at the Korean Mission to the United Nations in March 2004.

In February 2006, Ambassador Shin was appointed as ambassador to the State of Israel. After two and half years of service in Israel, he came back to take up the post of second vice-minister in charge of functional affairs in the foreign ministry in July 2008. In November 2009, he was promoted to first vice-minister taking charge of regional affairs. He completed his service as first vice-minister in February 2011. Three months later he came back as ambassador to Japan, and served there for two years until May 2013.

Other Positions

Ambassador Shin taught cadets international law and military criminal law as instructor in the department of law at the Korea Military Academy from 1979 to 1982. He also held the position of instructor in the department of diplomacy at Sogang University in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 1981 to 1982. From 1991 to 1993, Ambassador Shin researched as a visiting fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University in the United States. He also served as director of the Global Green Growth Institute, making contributions during its initial stage of creation in 2010. Ambassador Shin actively participated in joint programs on promotion and dissemination of international humanitarian law in East Asia that were organized by the ICRC. He was briefly a visiting scholar at the School of International Studies of the Peking University before being assigned to ambassador to Japan in 2011. He joined the Korean National Diplomatic Academy as a professor in charge of its International Law Center in November 2013. Since December 2013, he has also been affiliated at the Institute of Japanese Studies at the Seoul National University as a special research fellow.


Ambassador Shin is a member of the Korean Society of International Law and the Korean Society of International Humanitarian Law. He is also a board member of the Community Chest of Korea and an advisor to the Citizen’s Alliance for North Korean Human Rights.


Ambassador Shin has written many articles on various issues in international law, Asian Affairs, international organizations and North Korea in academic journals. He also contributed many articles to newspapers and periodicals.

Ho-Young Ahn
Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of ROK

Ambassador Ahn is a former diplomat of the Republic of Korea. In Seoul, he used to work as Director-General for Trade, Deputy Minister for Trade and the First Vice Foreign Minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He also used to work as Director-General for Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance and Economy and as a Sherpa to the President of the country for G-20, G-7 outreach meetings and the APEC. The two foreign postings where he served as an Ambassador were the Brussels, where he represented Korea to the EU, Belgium and NATO concurrently, and Washington DC.

After leaving the government services in 2017, Ambassador Ahn teaches at Korea and Kyungnam Universities and consults Korean businesses.

Ambassador Ahn studied international relations at the Seoul National University (BA) and the Georgetown University (MS). He also studied law at the Korea Open University (LLB) and the Georgetown University (LLM).

Founder & Director

Suh-Yong Chung
Professor, Division of International Studies, Korea University

Dr. Suh-Yong Chung is Associate Professor in the Division of International Studies and Director of Global Leadership Development Center at Korea University. Dr. Chung is an international expert on governance and institution building on various fields. His research covers emerging issues in the environment and sustainable development such as climate change, marine environment, biodiversity and nuclear security both at global and regional level. His most recent works focus on internationalization of Green Growth policy, post-2020 climate change regime formation, and regional environmental institution building in Northeast Asia, and nuclear security governance building.

Dr. Chung appeared in numerous international conferences and meetings hosted by various institutions including Stanford University, Harvard University, Fudan University, French Institute of International Relations (Ifri), Asia Foundation in Washington D.C. and ISIS Malaysia. He served the UN Basel Convention as a member of the Compliance Committee and has also participated in various activities of international organizations including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UNDP/GEF Yellow Sea Large Marine Ecosystem Project. Most recently, Dr. Chung, as the Director of CSDLAP, organized the International Expert Series on Post-2012 Climate Change Regime Formation with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). He is currently a listed Panelist under the Sustainable Development Chapter of Korea-EU FTA.

At the governmental level, he has also advised on international law and policy issues in Korea for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Ministry of Environment and the Organizing Committee of the 2012 Yeosu EXPO. Dr. Chung recently served the Presidential Committee on Green Growth as a Member.

Dr. Suh-Yong Chung holds degrees in law and international relations from Seoul National University, the London School of Economics and Stanford Law School.


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