Visiting Scholar

Junghun Kim is a 2022-23 Visiting Scholar at the Duke Center for International Development. He is a civil servant and director of safety improvement for the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MOIS) in South Korea. The MOIS works to support the local economy by supporting the finance and taxation of local government. Kim has been working for the MOIS for over 20 years, in positions ranging from the local subsidy division to planning and finance.

Kim was directly involved with the creation of the Comprehensive Local transfer Act in 2014, shifting numerous responsibilities from central to local government. Having worked in a local government finance division of the Ministry of Public Administration in Korea, his research interests primarily focus on public financial management and fiscal decentralization issues. He received the Korean Government Overseas Fellowship for the development of senior executives in 2022.

Kim has a master’s degree in public policy from Kings College London in the United Kingdom as well as an MBA from Yonsei University in South Korea. He completed course requirements for the economics doctorate program at Seoul National University and received a bachelor's degree in history from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea).