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Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General of the ITF


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Young Tae Kim is the Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum (ITF). He was elected by the transport ministers of ITF member countries at their annual summit on 1 June 2017 and took office in August 2017.

Prior to his election as ITF Secretary-General, Dr Kim distinguished himself in the civil service of his native Korea, most recently serving as Director-General in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT). As Deputy Director-General from 2015, he was responsible for co-ordinating various transport policies including on autonomous vehicle, greenhouse gas reduction, urban transport, Intelligent Transport Systems and road safety, among others.

After joining the MOLIT in 1994 as Deputy Director for Urban Transport, Dr Kim also held several Deputy Director and Director positions with responsibility for housing welfare, integrated city development and overseas infrastructure construction. He was seconded to the Prime Minister's Commission on Administrative Reform in 1996 and the Presidential Committee on Social Inclusion in 2005-2007. From 2010 to 2014, Dr Kim worked in Washington, D.C., as Counsellor for Construction, Transport and Maritime Affairs at the Korean Embassy.

Dr Kim earned his Master's degrees in Public Policy from Seoul National University, Korea, and in Urban Studies from Paris University de Vincennes-Saint-Denis, France. He also received his Doctorate degree in Political Sociology and Public Policy from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po), Paris, France. Dr Kim speaks fluent English, French and some Spanish, in addition to his native Korean.

Featured Events

World Economic Forum’s Shaping the Future of Mobility Stewardship Board (virtual meeting)
14 September

ICC Customs and Trade Facilitation Commission (virtual meeting)
15 - 17 September

Entering the Decade of Electric Drive (10 years of EVI / 11th Clean Energy Ministerial Meeting Pre-Event) (virtual meeting)
16 September

Launch of Spain's National Mobility Strategy (virtual meeting)
17 September

Safe System in Cities: Multi-agency commitment for a Vision Zero agenda in London (1st Safer City Streets webinar in series for Urban Road Safety)
17 September

Launch of the ITF input report for Estonia’s National Transport Masterplan 2021-30 (Estonia, hybrid event)
21 September 

Congestion Control Experience and Recommendations (virtual meeting)
21 - 23 September

Regional Conversation Series on Building Back Better “Resilient Supply Chains and Connectivity” (virtual meeting)
25 September

ITF Briefing with Ambassadors (virtual meeting)
29 September

Covid-19 and Aviation (webinar, members only)
30 September

ATAG 2020 Global Sustainable Aviation Forum - Green Recovery (virtual meeting)
29 - 30 September

IRENA Innovation Week 2020: Renewable solutions for transport and industry (virtual conference)
5 - 8 October

CAETS 2020 (Korea)
12 - 15 October

Road Transport Group Autumn 2020 Meeting (Bulgaria and/or virtual meeting)
15 - 16 October

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: 15th Session (Barbados) (postponed)
18 - 23 October (postponed for April 2021)

IRU World Congress 2020: Intelligence on the Move Transforming Road Transport, Mobility and Logistics (Germany)
19 - 21 October (postponed - new dates to be announced)

Transport Research Committee (TRC): 8th Session (Paris and/or virtual meeting)
26 - 27 October

High Level Panel Members for Road Safety (Monaco)
28 October

Transport Management Board: 32nd Session  (Paris and/or virtual meeting)
28 - 30 October

2020 ACI Latin America-Caribbean/ World Annual General Assembly (Argentina)
9 - 11 November

World Investment Forum 2020 (United Arab Emirates)
6 - 10 December

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