Hyoeun Jenny Kim

Amb. Hyoeun Jenny Kim is Deputy Director-General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). GGGI is a treaty-based inter-governmental organization supporting developing countries and emerging economies to achieve economic growth and environmental sustainability together through following new pathway of green growth. She is responsible for managing GGGI’s in-country operations in more than 30 countries, which support low carbon economic growth, including NDC development and implementation.

Before joining the GGGI in 2018, she was the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Senegal and five neighboring countries from 2016. She contributed to build strategic development cooperation relationship between Korean and West Africa. During her term, Korea drastically increased ODA in the region, having launched several new programs on rural development.

From 2013 to 2016, she was the Director for Strategy, Policy, and Communication at the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). During her term of office, GGGI Strategic Plan 2015-2020 was rolled out.

As a career diplomat in Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she has served as Director for Climate Change and Environment Affairs and Director for World Trade Organization (WTO). She led the national delegation in UN climate change negotiations and WTO DDA negotiations.  She also worked for the OECD in Paris and the UN in NY.

She earned her Bachelor’s in political science and diplomacy from Yonsei University in Seoul and the Master’s from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle.

She is married with one son. She wrote her first book in 2008, describing the life of a diplomat, entitled A Diplomat Must Be a Multiplayer. Her second book, titled Audacious Challenge to International Organizations, was published in 2013. She supervised publishing However Long the Night in Korean translation in 2019.