Juhern Kim is a seasoned manager, equipped with rigorous technical knowledge to implement green growth. His fundamental professional focus is to get things done, achieve success, and share it (thus grow) with colleagues.
Since 2012, he has been serving numerous roles at GGGI, which includes Country Representative (Acting) of Colombia (‘18) and Viet Nam (‘14), Program Lead, Costa Rica (’16-’17), Senior Land-use Specialist (’15–‘17), and Program Manager, Cambodia/Viet Nam (’12–‘14). He is currently responsible for Greenpreneurs, a brand-new initiative designed to support young entrepreneurs to convert their innovative ideas into realistic business plans through coaching, mentoring, and peer competition. Among his several accomplishments with GGGI, his contribution to launching Cambodia’s National Council on Green Growth was recognized through the citation of the Environment Minister (’13), and his analytical paper on Costa Rica’s payment for environmental services (PSA) and the way forward with impact investing trend was appreciated by relevant stakeholders, and thus presented to the 47th President of Costa Rica (’16).
Prior to joining GGGI, he worked with UN Environment–Green Economy, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center, and Corporation 2020 initiative, where he learned both high-level and on-the-ground, public and private perspectives on greening economic sectors. He also has a passion on nurturing young and innovative entrepreneurs implementing green growth. In 2012, he initiated and implemented a micro solar-home system capacity building program in rural Cambodia (Takéo Province), while encouraging grass-root entrepreneurship – as a result, a local start-up was established. Recognized for his dedication, he received the Minister’s citation from the Ministry of SMEs and Start-ups, Republic of Korea, the major donor of the project, and he was elected as advisory board member of Merry Year Social Consulting (MYSC) – Korea’s first impact investing advisory dedicated to social enterprises –, and an expert panel for national competition of ENATUS, one of the world’s largest start-up platforms for young entrepreneurs.
Juhern is a certified climate policy expert (IEETP, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Korea), holding a master’s degree in Global Affairs and Policy (focusing on climate change and environment) from Yonsei University, and dual bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and Business Administration from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He also had a stint in Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (global leadership seminar on international regimes for global warming) and University of Hawaii at Hilo (exchange program). He also has journalistic footprints, with several articles and books published.