Chun Yungwoo

Chairman of The Korean Peninsula Future Forum / Former National Security Advisor to the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea

    Ambassador Chun Yungwoo is chairman and founder of The Korean Peninsula Future Forum (KPFF), a think tank with a particular focus on strategies for positive changes in North Korea and an eventual unification of the Korean Peninsula. He is also a columnist for DongA Ilbo, one of major newspapers in Korea.

    Chun served as the National Security Advisor to President Lee Myung-Bak for the second half of President Lee’s term from October 2010 to February 2013. Before his appointment to the Office of the President, he spent most of his 33 years in public service as a career diplomat. He served in key posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including as the Second Vice Foreign Minister (October 2009-October 2010), Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs, Head of the ROK Delegation to the Six-Party Talks (February 2006-April 2008), and Deputy Foreign Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations (January 2005-April 2006). His senior overseas assignments include Ambassador to the United Kingdom (May 2008-November 2009) and Ambassador/Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (June 2003-January 2005). He also served in France, Morocco, and Austria as a junior and mid-career diplomat in the 1980’s and 1990’s.