Alumna Kyung-Wha Kang is serving as special advisor on policy to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who took office Jan. 1.
Kang, who earned her Ph.D. and M.A. through the communication department in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, headed Guterres’ transition team since his election in October. She previously served as assistant secretary-general for humanitarian affairs since April 2013, and was deputy high commissioner for human rights from 2007 to 2013.
Before joining the United Nations, Kang was director general of international organizations at the Republic of Korea’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade. She served in her country’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations from 2001-05, during which time she chaired the Commission on the Status of Women.
Kang assisted the speaker of South Korea’s National Assembly in parliamentary diplomacy before joining the Foreign Ministry in 1998. Earlier in her career, she worked for the Korean Broadcasting System’s news bureau and international radio bureau, and lectured in universities both in her own country and in the United States.
She graduated from Yonsei University with a bachelor of arts in political science and diplomacy. Her master’s is in mass communication and her doctorate is in intercultural communication.