Ambassador Jong-Won Yoon took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Korea to the OECD on 22 October 2015.
Mr. Yoon holds a degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Seoul National University. He also holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Mr. Yoon started his career in government in 1984. He served in various offices including the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the Office of the President, and the Office of Planning and Budget. From 1997 to 2001 and from 2006 to 2009 Mr. Yoon served respectively as Economist and Senior Advisor at the International Monetary Fund. From 2011, he was nominated Secretary to the President on Economic and Financial Affairs.
At the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, he served as Director General of the Economic Policy Bureau as well as Chief of Staff to the Minister. His areas of expertise include: implementing and coordinating policies in the areas of macroeconomics, international finance, fiscal and financial sector issues, and structural reforms; drawing up a Medium-Term National Development Strategy and Annual Economic Policy Program; and liaising with the National Assembly and the press on key policy issues.
In 2010 Mr Yoon was awarded the Service Merit Medal.
From October 2012 until his appointment as Permanent Representative of Korea to the OECD, Mr. Yoon served as Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund.
Ambassador Jong-WonYoon is married and has two children.