1979 서울대학교 법과대학 졸업
1982 ~ 83 옥스퍼드대학교 외교관과정 연수
1979년 제13회 외무고등고시 합격
1984 ~ 1987 주태국대사관 2등서기관 겸 영사
1990 ~ 1993 주미국대사관 1등서기관
1993 ~ 1994 주사우디아라비아대사관 참사관
1994 ~ 1995 외무부장관 보좌관
1995 ~ 1996 외무부 통상2과장
1996 ~ 2000 주제네바유엔대표부 참사관
2000 ~ 2002 주미국대사관 참사관
2002 ~ 2003 외교통상부 통상정책기획심의관
2003 ~ 2005 외교통상부 지역통상국장
2003 ~ 2005 세계무역기구(WTO) 분쟁패널 위원(재판관)
2005 ~ 2007 주제네바유엔대표부 차석대사
2005 ~ 2007 세계무역기구(WTO) 정부조달위원회 의장
2005 ~ 2007 세계무역기구(WTO) 분쟁패널 의장(재판장)
2007 ~ 2008 외교통상부 통상교섭조정관(차관보)
2008 ~ 2011 주스페인대사
2011 ~ 2012 외교통상부 개발협력대사(부산세계개발원조총회 준비 총괄)
2011 ~ 2012 유엔개발협력포럼(UNDCF) 자문위원
2012 ~ 2013 경기도 국제관계자문대사
2013 ~ 2016 외교부 제2차관
2016 ~ 2019 주유엔대사
2017년 유엔 평화구축위원회(PBC) 의장
2019년 유엔개발계획(UNDP)/유엔인구기금(UNFPA)/유엔프로젝트조달기구(UNOPS) 집행이사회 의장
2019년 ~ 서울평화상심사위원회 심사위원
2020년 ~ 글로벌케어 이사
2021년 ~ 21세기한중교류협회 부회장, 더플랫폼 운영위원
2022년 ~ 서울국제포럼 회원
Cho Tae-yul is a retired diplomat of the Republic of Korea. He is currently a member of the Seoul Peace Prize Selection Committee, the Platform for Tomorrow, the Seoul International Forum and serves as Vice Chairman of the 21C Korea-China Leaders’ Society. During 40 years of his diplomatic career, Cho assumed various senior positions in the ROK government including, among others, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN (2016-2019), Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016), Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain (2008-2011), Deputy Minister for Trade (2007-2008) and Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Office and Other International Organizations in Geneva (2005-2007). While serving as ROK's Permanent Representative to the UN, he was elected as Chairman of the UN Peacebuilding Commission in 2017 and President of the Executive Boards of UNDP (UN Development Programme), UNFPA (UN Population Fund) and UNOPS (UN Office for Project Services) in 2019. He also contributed to the work of the Advisory Group of the UN Development Cooperation Forum as its member while he was serving as ROK's Ambassador for Development Cooperation (2011-2012). During his tour in Geneva, he played a key role as ROK's representative for WTO/DDA negotiations. He also served as Chairman of WTO dispute panel on the famous US vs. EU hormone case (2005-2007) and WTO Government Procurement Committee (2005-2007).
Amb. Cho graduated from the College of Law, Seoul National University (SNU) in 1979. He continued his studies on public international law at the Graduate School of SNU (1979-1981) and international relations at the Oxford University (1982-1983).
Amb. Cho received the Order of Service Merit (Red Stripes) in 2008, the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, Kingdom of Spain in 2012 and the Order of Service Merit (Yellow Stripes) in 2020. He is married to Kim Hyekyung and has two children.
Amb. Cho is the author of The Power of Pride and Principle, a memoir published in 2021.