Areas of expertise
economic development strategies of East Asian economies, economic development policies, international political economy and public communication
Byoung-Joo (B.J.) Kim and his strategic consulting firm, Kim, Lee & Partners (KL&P) have advised international private corporations, Korea’s government agencies and public organizations on policy and regulatory affairs, public communication, and human resource management strategies since 2003.
Korean public sector clients KL&P has advised include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Strategy & Finance, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Metropolitan Government of Seoul. KL&P has been also advising multinational corporations and international consultancies, offering monitoring and analysis services on policy-making, regulatory, legislative and political issues.
Prior to his career in consulting, Dr. Kim was a diplomat serving two of Korea's Trade Ministers as the Policy Counsellor and Special Assistant, developing international economic cooperation policies and public communications strategies. Prior to joining the Korean government, he represented Korean business sector’s interest as the Director of External Affairs in the Washington DC office of Korea International Trade Association. His Washington career had begun as a consultant economist at the World Bank specializing economic development strategies of East Asian economies.
Currently, B.J. Kim is an executive member of the Korean government’s National Passport Policy Committee. He has served at the National Assembly’s Climate Change & Energy Policy Forum and the Policy & Performance Evaluation Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has advised the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit preparation team, the 2010 G20 Preparation Committee and the Presidential Committee on Korea-US Free Trade Agreement in 2007. Dr. Kim has offered expert-testimonies to the National Assembly on topics including trade policy and public affairs legislations.
Since 1998 he has been teaching economic development policies, international political economy and public communication as Adjunct Professor of International Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He has also taught at Ewha Woman’s University.
B.J. Kim received his Ph.D. in the U.S. from M.I.T.'s Department of Political Science, specializing in economic development strategies and International Political Economy.