Korea Office Representative & Staff

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Kwang W. Kim

Country Representative


Kwang W. Kim is the country representative of The Asia Foundation’s office in Korea. Kim is a global expert in private sector approaches to development, including sustainable business models and public-private partnerships. Kim was the regional lead for International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) in its Sustainable Business Advisory Services in Latin America & the Caribbean, as well as other partners, in de-risking investments, impact investment, and mainstreaming Environmental Social Governance in the investment process through advisory services. Kim served in advisory roles to the governments of Panama and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on economic diversification strategies. In South Asia, he advised the public and private sectors on strengthening the competitiveness of the mining, tourism, and agribusiness sectors in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Kim currently serves on the board of Conservatorio Urban Innovation, the strategy arm of a global investment fund focusing in urban revitalization. He has adjunct faculty appointments with Georgetown University’s Landagger Program in International Business Diplomacy, and with Hanyang University School of Business.



  • Economics, Loyola Marymount University,
  • Law and Diplomacy, Fletcher School at Tufts University
Kyung-Sook Lee, Director of Programs

Kyung-Sook Lee

Ms. Kyung-sook Lee is Director of Programs at The Asia Foundation’s Korea office, where she manages planning and implementation of the office’s wide range of programs. Ms. Lee joined The Asia Foundation in 1984 as Executive Assistant to the Korea Country Representative and then served as Program Officer until 2000. From 2001 to September 2015, she served as Senior Program Officer. During her time with The Asia Foundation, she was responsible for women’s empowerment programs, exchange/fellowship programs to and from Korea, the United States and other Asian countries, CSO programs, and international development programs. Ms. Lee also serves on various ad-hoc committees, including for the Civil Society Partnership Program of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and the Civic Monitoring Committee of Community Chest Korea.



  • B.A. in English Literature and Language from Kyunggi University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia in the UK
Eun-young Lim, Finance & Administration Manager

Eun-young Lim

Finance & Administration Manager


As Finance & Administration Manager at the Korea office of The Asia Foundation, Eun-young Lim manages and supervises finance, human resources, and administration. She prepares and monitors the annual budget for the office, and submits financial reports to donors such as KDI, KDI School, and KOICA. She coordinates the recruitment and orientation of new staff, and handles payroll matters for local staff.

She also serves the deputy treasurer’s role for the Friends of The Asia Foundation.



  • Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Language from Sogang University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in English Literature and Language from Sogang University, Korea
Sunmee Lee, Program Officer, Programs, Korea

Sunmee Lee

Senior Program Officer


As Senior Program Officer for the Korea office of The Asia Foundation, Sunmee Lee has implemented a number of international development capacity building programs aimed at supporting Korea’s growing role as an aid provider to developing countries, such as study visits to Asia for Korean delegations, study visits to Korea for Asian delegations, fellowship programs, and international conferences. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, she worked as a Grants Coordinator for Plan Korea (an international development NGO), and as a Social Worker at Holt Children’s Services, Inc. (an international humanitarian organization and adoption agency). Her research interests focus on international development, Asian affairs, ethnic minorities, and gender. Her Master’s thesis, “Construction of Moken Identity in Thailand: A Case Study in Kuraburi,” was published by VDM Verlag Dr. Müller in 2010.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from Catholic University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in Social Welfare from Ewha Womans University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in Asian Studies from Lund University, Sweden
Eun-hye Han, Executive Assistant

Eun-hye Han

Executive Assistant/Exchanges Coordinator


Eun-hye Han serves as Executive Assistant and Exchanges Coordinator for the Asia Foundation Korea Office. She joined the Foundation in 2011 where, in addition to supporting the country representative, serves as Korea Office liaison for a number of Foundation-wide exchanges, including the Luce Scholars Program and Asia Foundation Development Fellows Program. Ms. Han also assists with a variety of programs for the Korea office, including international conferences, events, external relations, and fellowships.



  • Bachelor’s degree in International Office Administration, College of Business from Ewha Womans University, Korea
  • Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies, College of Liberal Arts from Ewha Womans University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in Cultural Studies, from Yonsei University, Korea
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Jongbeom Choi

Jongbeom (JB) Choi is the Program Officer of the Asia Foundation Korea Office, where he is mainly responsible for North Korea and Northeast Asia Regional programs. He also coordinates international development program portfolios mainly related to economic or business development. Before joining the foundation, he worked for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS), and the ASEAN Cyber University Project Secretariat (ACU). He was the Freeman Foundation funded fellow for the Northeast Asia Economic Forum in 2017 where he presented “Regional Preparedness of Korean Peninsula’s Sustainable Development”. He is also a co-author of a book in Korean titled “Scenario Korea 2019-2029” portraying the future of the Korean peninsula through utilizing the corporate sector’s “Scenario Planning” tool.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Diplomacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in Global Economy & Strategy, Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University, Korea
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Kyoungsun Lee

Associate Program Officer


As an Associate Program Officer in The Asia Foundation’s Korea office, Kyoungsun Lee mainly coordinates international relations and Asian development cooperation programs. She is in charge of South-South Cooperation programs among emerging Asian donors and U.S.-Korea cooperation programs for peace on the Korean Peninsula. She also serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea and supports engagement with donor agencies. Ms. Lee published Official Development Assistance (ODA) related papers in the journal of International Review of Public Administration and International Development and Cooperation Review. Before joining the Foundation, she has working experience supporting Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) projects in Pakistan and Nigeria.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science & Diplomacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, Graduate School of Governance, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
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Jaemyung Lee

Jaemyung Lee joined The Asia Foundation Korea Office as a Program Associate in January 2019. He provides various support for TAF Korea programs. Before joining TAF, he led a fundraising project using digital marketing tools as a team leader in Hanyang Social Innovation Lab and participated in various projects in Panama and Vietnam as a research associate of Hanyang Impact Business Research Center (IBRC). He also played a leadership role as a HRD Manager in Social Enterprise Network Student Club, that studies the rising role of private sector in solving social problems and led Hana Ministry’s volunteer program that provides mentoring for college prep North Korean refugees.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Social Innovation, Hanyang University, Korea