Keeyong Chung, Esq. is the Director of Governance in GGGI’s Office of Director General, and is currently based in the headquarters in Seoul, Korea. At his current role, he oversees (i) the Secretariat’s effective communication with and operation of the governance organs (Assembly, Council, Management and Program Sub-Committee), (ii) the support toward the management of the Office of the President of the Assembly / Chair of the Council, and (iii) the engagement in the governmental relations with the Host Country and select outreach activities toward key potential stakeholders (Governments of the United States America and Japan).
Prior to joining GGGI, Keeyong was (and still is) a career diplomat having served in the Korean Foreign Ministry (MOFA) since 1993. He was involved and led efforts by the Korean Government on a wide range of issues including the ROK-US alliance, international public law (including maritime delimitation and state responsibility), climate change, personnel laws & regulations, Korea-Japan historical issues. As overseas assignments, he served as a political officer in Tokyo, Japan; the Deputy Head of Mission in Sofia, Bulgaria; and a minister-counselor in Washington D.C., the United States of America.
With a transdisciplinary background, Keeyong is an attorney at law and was the Director of International Legal Affairs, serving as the international legal adviser to the MOFA leadership. Keeyong holds a Bachelor of Law(LL.B.) degree from Seoul National University College of Law in Seoul, Korea and a Juris Doctor(JD) degree from University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia, the United States of America. He is a member of the New York state bar.
He is fluent in Korean, Japanese and English.