Director, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok)Born in the Republic of Korea, Mr. Gwang-Jo Kim holds a B.A. degree in Public Administration from Korea University, Seoul (1978), a Master’s degree (1984) and a Ph.D. (1994) in Education from Harvard University, U.S.A.
Prior to his appointment as Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in January 2009, Mr. Kim has worked in various capacities for the Government of the Republic of Korea. In the Office of the President, he assisted former President Young Sam Kim in an education reform initiative that restructured the entire Korean educational system. As Deputy Minister of Education and Human Resources Development (HRD), he coordinated national HRD policies across line ministries, and also initiated the “Global Human Resources Forum”, an international knowledge-sharing platform in the areas of education and human resources development.
Mr. Kim also worked as Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank where he contributed to both lending and non-lending operations on a wide range of issues in education and skills development for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
As Director of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), Mr Kim is responsible for the management of partnerships and external relations, human resources, as well as budget and financial management. His main tasks include advocacy work on UNESCO’s mandate and priorities, building strategic partnerships, setting directions to achieve objectives, monitoring and evaluation of programmes, and ensuring compliance with existing human resources and financial regulations, among other things.
Mr. Kim is a member of various professional associations on education policy, finance and economics, and has published works in education and ICT, and educational reform in the Republic of Korea.