Ms. Hyoeun Jenny Kim is Deputy Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), heading the Green Growth Planning and Implementation (GGP&I) division. She is responsible for managing GGGI’s in-country relationships which include projects and programs in more than 30 partner countries.
Before joining GGGI in May 2018, she was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Senegal and five neighboring countries from May 2016. She was a career diplomat for the Republic of Korea. Through her work, she has acquired a unique set of skills related to diplomacy, international organizations, and sustainability issues. From August 2013 to April 2016, she was the Director for Strategy, Policy, and Communication at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). During her previous term with GGGI, she achieved the endorsement of the Institute’s Strategic Plan 2015-2020, membership expansion, governance reform and many other milestones.
Since August 2010, she has served as Counsellor at the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Korea to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. In OECD, she also served as a Vice-Chair at the Joint Working Party on Trade and Environment. As the Director for Climate Change and Environment issues at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) from January 2008 until 2010, she led the Korean negotiation team to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and also coordinated work on green growth and environment cooperation.
Prior to this, she had been the Director for the World Trade Organization (WTO) since July 2006, representing Korea at the Doha Development Agenda negotiations. From 2004 through to June 2006, she served as Deputy Director for APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation) and managed the preparations for Korea’s hosting of APEC in 2005. She also served as Chairperson of the APEC Budget and Management Committee (BMC) in 2006, where she coordinated APEC’s budget, projects and administrative matters. Since joining MOFA in 1992, she mainly had worked at the multilateral sector including the United Nations, dealing with human rights and development.
She earned her Bachelor’s in political science and diplomacy from Yonsei University in Seoul in 1990 and her Master’s from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1996.
She is married with one son and, in 2008, she wrote a book describing the life of a diplomat, entitled A Diplomat Must Be a Multiplayer. Her new book, titled Audacious Challenge to International Organizations, was published in July 2013.