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Dr. Sunggon Kim (김성곤)

Dr. Sunggon Kim (김성곤) is a juror for the 2018 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards. Currently, Dr. Kim is Honorary President of the Asian Conference of Religions for Peace.

Dr. Kim has a distinguished career spanning more than three decades as a peacemaker, politician and academic (Ph.D. Temple University). He served as a representative in the 15th, 17th, 18th and 19th National Assemblies. He is also currently Chief Head of Seoul Peace Education Center; Chairman of Korean Solidarity for Peace and Reunification; Chief Vice Chairman of Central Committee of Democratic Congress on Global Koreans of Democratic United Party; and Chairman of Political Forum for the Unity.

Dr. Kim also recently served as Chair of the Regional Committee of Gangnamgu Gap of Korea’s Democratic Party, Chair and Professor of Wonkwang University Graduate School (Buddhist Studies), and Chair and Professor of Yong-in University Graduate School (Reunification).

Dr. Kim’s notable career also includes:

  • – Lector in Yonsei, Ehwa, Wonkwang Universities (1992-1995)
  • – Secretary General of Korean Conference on Religion and Peace; and Professor of Yongsan University (1993-1996)
  • – Member of the 15th National Assembly; Special Assistant of the President of Democratic Party, Dae-jung Kim; Deputy Speaker of the Policy Planning and Coordination Committee; and Member of the Environment and Labor Committee (1996-2000)
  • – Member of Science, Technology, Information and Telecommunication Committee; Deputy Floor Leader (1998)
  • – Member of Agriculture, Forestry, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Committee; Chairman of Special Committee on Science and Technology; and Professor of Wonkwang University Graduate School (1999)
  • Chief Head of Seoul Peace Education Center (2001-present)
  • – President of National Youth Center of Korea; and Executive Member of Independence Hall (2001)
  • – Secretary General of Asian Conference of Religion and Peace (ACRP) (2002)
  • – Chairman of the Uri Party Special Committee on Religion (2003)
  • – Member of the 17th National Assembly; Member of Special Committee on Budget and Accounts; Chief Advisory to Uri Party Chairman; and Head of Uri Party Reformation of Foreign Policy and National Security System
  • – Chairman of National Defense Committee (2006)
  • – Supreme Member of Uri Party (2007)
  • – Member of the 18h National Assembly; Member of Democratic United Party; and Member of Land, Transport and Labor Committee (2008-2012)
  • – Member of Planning and Finance Committee; and Chairman of Overseas Korean Business Corps of Democratic United Party (2008-2012);
  • – Chairman of Korean Solidarity for Peace and Reunification (2008-present)
  • – Chief Vice Chairman of Central Committee of Democratic Congress on Global Koreans of Democratic United Party; and Chairman of Political Forum for the Unity (2010-present)
  • – Assistant Administrator of the National Assembly Special Committee of World Expo; and Representative of after the event sector of the National Assembly Special Committee of World Expo (2011)
  • – Member of the 19th National Assembly; Chairman of the National Assembly Special Committee of World Expo; Member of Foreign Affairs & Unification Committee; and Co-Chairman of Korea Governance Forum on Climate (2012)
  • – Chairman of the Democratic Party Special Committee on Trade Negotiation (2013)
  • – Chairman of task force for North Korean Human Rights Act (2014)
  • – Member of emergency board meeting of the Democratic Party of Korea; and Head/Chairman of Strategy Screening Committee for Party nomination (2015)