Korean Government names new KIDP President
Above: Dr. Taeyong Lee, newly appointed President of KIDP. Courtesy of KIDP.
Seoul (Korea) - The Korean Minister of Knowledge Economy has appointed Dr. Taeyong Lee, former President & CEO of KEMCO (Korea Energy Management Corporation) and former Deputy Commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office, as the new President of KIDP (Korea Institute of Design Promotion). Dr. Lee took office as President on 27 March 2012.
Dr. Lee began his career as a government official at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, then the Ministry of Energy & Resources. Since then, he has held numerous positions including the Executive Administrator position to the Senior Secretary to the President for Policy Coordination. Other key positions served include overseas positions such as the Commercial Counselor for the Korean Embassy to Australia and the WTO Counselor to the Permanent Mission of Korea to the UN Secretariat and International Organizations in Geneva. He has also served as the Head of Foreign Investor Support Office at Invest Korea, Korea's national investment promotion agency. And most recently, he sat on the Green Growth Committee that reports directly to the President.
After studying Political Science at the Seoul National University, Dr. Lee received a Master's degree in Energy & Resources from the University of California, Berkeley, California, United States and a Doctorate in Economics from Ajou University, Suwon, Korea.
With his multi-disciplinary knowledge and rich global experiences, Dr. Lee is anticipated to lead the advancement of KIDP's role and its future domestically as well as internationally.
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The Korea Institute of Design Promotion (KIDP) is the only design body in Korea to plan and implement national design policies and strategies. Affiliated to the Ministery of Knowledge Economy, KIDP aims to strengthen the competitiveness of the Korean design industry. Among the major functions of KIDP are supporting the design industry and designers, improving design edcuation & training, promoting Korean design both nationally and abroad, building design infrastructure and raising design awareness across the nation.