Sukhan Kim,
President

Sukhan KimA native of Seoul, Korea, Mr. Kim was himself a troubled teenager growing up in Korea and in the United States. At the age of fifteen, his parents sent him to a U.S. military high school. During these turbulent years, Mr. Kim experienced first-hand the cultural turmoil young Korean-Americans confront in bridging the divide between a traditional Korean upbringing and a modern American lifestyle.

After fulfilling his service requirement in the Korean army, Mr. Kim returned to the United States and entered Guilford College. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Kim was a residential coordinator and served as a student counselor to 300 college students for three years. Mr. Kim graduated summa cum laude with a joint degree in political science and economics. Mr. Kim went on to earn an M.A. in international politics from Columbia University, where he was a Columbia Fellow, and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Mr. Kim is a senior partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and is a member of the firmís management committee. As the head of the firmís Korean practice, Mr. Kim advises a wide range of major Korean and American companies seeking to conduct business in the United States and Korea. He is counsel to Samsung and Hyundai and also represents and advises the government of Korea on various bilateral trade policy matters.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Kim was a partner in the Washington office of Arnold & Porter, where he managed the firmís Korean practice. He has also served as first vice chairman to the U.S.-Asia Foreign Policy Council, as the honorary vice president of the Korean War Memorial Museum, as counsel to the U.S.-Korea Foundation and as director of the Korea Society in New York, and as a director of the Korea Economic Institute in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council.

Mr. Kim has written a number of articles regarding Korean interests in the United States for professional and industry publications. Known for his vast knowledge on U.S.-Korea trade issues, he is often interviewed and quoted by major newspapers and professional publications in the United States and Korea. He has also published numerous articles on U.S.-Korea trade relations in Koreaís leading newspapers over the past 22 years. In 1994 he was appointed as an adjunct professor to teach international trade law at the Georgetown University Law Center. In July 1997, at the request of the White House, Mr. Kim traveled to North Korea on a fact-finding mission, together with Senator Sam Nunn and former U.S. Ambassador to Korea Jim Laney. In December 1997, at the request of the government of Korea, Mr. Kim served as special counsel to Korea at the height of that countryís financial crisis. In 2001, Mr. Kim was appointed as a distinguished visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei  University in Korea. He is listed in The National Registry of Whoís Who in America (2001).

Mr. Kim was born on November 20, 1949, and is a native of Seoul, Korea. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen and currently resides in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Court of International Trade.

Mr. Kim founded KAYSO to give something in return to the Korean-American community that nurtured him as a youth and of which he is proud to be a part.

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