Dr. Kim Heungchong

President, The APEC Studies Association of Korea


DR. KIM HEUNGCHONG has served the APEC Studies Association of Korea as President since August 2021. He is an advisory board member for the trade negotiation from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and a governing member of KRD (Korea Russia Dialogue). He was President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) in 2020~23 and chaired the KOPEC (Korea National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation) in 2020~23 as well.

He has been deeply involved in policy-making process of the Korean government in the fields of economic, trade and diplomatic policies. To name a few, Dr. Kim was a member of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation, and the chair on the Economy and Trade Division of the Korea-China Committee for the Future from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Dr. Kim was among the Advisory Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Finance & Economy of Korea, and had been a key advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Korea-EU FTA during the negotiation. He advised the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on G20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on APEC and Korea’s diplomatic strategy, and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on ASEM and Brexit.

He was a Fulbright Scholar in the UC Berkeley, and held visiting positions at Ifri, VUB, Korea University and Marmara University. He was President of the EUSAAP (European Studies Association of the Asia-Pacific) in 2022. He has published more than 80 papers and books, and has actively contributed to various newspapers and TV programs in Korea and abroad. Before joining KIEP, Dr. Kim was an Honorary Member of the High Table in Christ Church, Oxford. Dr. Kim read economics at Seoul National University and the University of Oxford.