Senior Management Group
Kim Won-soo, Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General
Kim Won-soo took up his current position as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General in September 2013 after having served as Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Change Implementation since 2012 and as Deputy Chef de Cabinet and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General since January 2007. Prior to that, he served as Ambassador of the Republic of Korea as head of the Transition Team for the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations (October through December 2007).
Mr. Kim brought to his United Nations post three decades of diplomatic experience, both bilateral and multilateral, beginning in 1978 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
He spent the early part of the current decade in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea, serving as Secretary for International Security Affairs from 2000 to 2002 and as Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2002 to 2003. He then served as Director-General for Policy Planning and Ambassador for Regional Security Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2004 to 2005, and in 2006 as Special Adviser to the Foreign Minister and Ambassador for UN issues. Prior to that, he served as Alternative Representative and Coordinator of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Security Council (1996-1997) and as Political Counselor to the country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.
His diplomatic career also includes overseas posting at the Korean embassies in Washington, DC, USA and in New Delhi, India as well as Headquarters positions such as Deputy Director of the North America Division, Chief of Human Resource Management and Director of the Treaties Division.
Mr. Kim holds a Bachelor of Law from Seoul National University in Korea and a Master of Arts from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced Studies at Johns Hopkins University, United States. In addition, he was a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University and did doctoral research in international law.
Mr. Kim is married with two sons.