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Current Members

    • 강경화 Kang, Kyung-wha
    • 외교부 장관, 전 UN인도지원조정실 사무차장보, 전 UN 정채특별보좌관
      Minister of Foreign Affairs, Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator

    현 외교부 장관. 전 유엔 인도지원 조정실 (OCHA) 사무차장보 (Assistant Secretary-General). 유엔 인권고등판무관실 부판무관, 외교부 국제기구국장, 유엔 경제이사회 산하 유엔 여성지위위원회 의장, 주 유엔 대표부 공사참사관, 외교부 국제기구심의관 역임. 이화여고와 연세대 정외과를 졸업한 뒤 1977년 KBS 영어방송 PD 겸 아나운서로 활동. 1984년 미국 매사추세츠 주립대에서 언론학 박사 학위를 취득 후 세종대 영문학 조교수, 국회의장 국제담당 비서관, 김대중 대통령 영어통역관 등 역임.

    Ms. Kyung-wha Kang (Republic of Korea) is Minister of Foreign Afffairs.
    She was Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from April 2013 to 2016.

    Prior to joining OCHA, Ms. Kang was Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights at the level of Assistant Secretary-General since January 2007. During her tenure with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights she has been responsible for that entity’s overall management. Ms. Kang also led the establishment of that Office’s support structure for the Universal Periodic Review and chaired the United Nations Development Group’s human rights mainstreaming mechanism.

    Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Kang was Director General of International Organizations at the Republic of Korea’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade. She served as Minister in her country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations from September 2001 to July 2005, during which period she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women.

    Before joining the Foreign Ministry in 1998, Ms. Kang assisted the Speaker of the National Assembly in the fields of women’s advancement and parliamentary diplomacy. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Korean Broadcasting System’s news bureau and international radio bureau, and lectured in universities both in her own country and in the United States.

    Ms. Kang graduated from Yonsei University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and diplomacy. She also has a Master of Arts in mass communication and a PhD in intercultural communication from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in the United States.


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