Younghoon David Kim, from South Korea, is the Chair of the World Energy Council. He is also Chairman & CEO of the Daesung Group.

“The World Energy Council should focus on collaboration with other global organizations like the UN as well as the water and financial sectors to promote the case for ‘clean and smart’ energy.  In this way we can satisfy both the need for sustainable energy for all and create a virtuous circle encompassing the food-energy-water nexus.”

Younghoon David Kim was previously the World Energy Council Vice Chair for Asia Pacific and South Asia, which has entitled him to become an Honorary Officer of the World Energy Council. He is currently the Co-Chair for the Council and took on this position at the end of the 2013 Congress to serve a three-year term until 2016, at which time Mr Kim will become Chair. Mr Kim is a member of the Energy Council of Korea and served in the last quarter of 2012 as Acting Chair of the World Energy Congress 2013, Daegu, South Korea.

Mr Kim has been Chairman and CEO of the Daesung Group since 2000. Prior to this, Mr Kim held the offices of Vice President and then President at Daesung. He has worked in the energy sector for over 20 years. Mr Kim has also appeared as a panellist at the World Economic Forum, chaired the Contents Korea Promotion Committee, and currently chairs the Daegu Athletics Association. He also serves as an advisor to the Korea China Foundation.

Co-chair Kim was awarded the highest honor given to a foreign national, the Order of the Polestar, from the Mongolian government in 2008 in recognition of his contribution to the fight against desertification in the Gobi Desert with Daesung’s SolaWin project, a WEC flagship project.  This project has been successfully replicated in South Asia, Central Asia and Africa as a model PPP that alleviates food, energy and water (“FEW”) poverty.  In recognition of the success of the 2013 World Energy Congress in Daegu, Co-chair Kim was awarded the Seo Sang-don Award in 2014, which honors the achievements of an outstanding Korean business leader.[/zilla_toggle]