H.E. Kang Kyung-Wha


Personal Information

H.E. Dr. Kang Kyung-wha was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea in June 2017. Prior to assuming her post, she served as Senior Advisor on Policy to the United Nations Secretary-General from February to May 2017, Chief of the 9th United Nations Secretary-General’s Transition Team from October 2016 to February 2017, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from April 2013 to October 2016, and Deputy High Commissioner/Assistant Secretary-General at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from January 2007 to March 2013.

Prior to joining the UN, Minister Kang had served at the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1998 to 2006 as Acting Senior Research Officer at the Department of American Studies at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, Senior Advisor to the Foreign Minister, Deputy Director-General for International Organizations, Director-General for International Organizations, and the Ambassador-at-Large for Global Affairs.

Minister Kang also assisted the Speaker of the National Assembly as Secretary for International Relations in 1990 and once again in 1996.  Earlier in her career, she had served as a producer for the Korean Broadcasting System’s English Service Division of Radio Korea and lectured in several universities in both South Korea and the United States.

Minister Kang Kyung-wha graduated from Yonsei University with a BA in Political Science and International Studies. Post-graduation, Minister Kang continued her studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, eventually earning both Master’s and doctoral degrees in Communication.