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ICAO Secretariat:
The International Co-operative Agricultural Organization (ICAO) Secretariat has been hosted by the International Cooperation Office of the National Agricultural Cooperative Federation (NACF) since 1998. A long-standing member of the International Cooperative Alliance, the NACF represents the interests of agricultural cooperatives in Korea.

Jong-wook Lee - Secretary General
Secretary General:

In 1998, Mr. Lee began his career at Nonghyup Bank ¬? a subsidiary of the NACF. He has since engaged in a variety of activities within the NACF including business planning, Nonghyup Hanaro Marts, grain and ginseng divisions, to name but a few. He has also worked at the NACF Representative Office in Japan, where he was tasked with work on international cooperation and trading. More recently, he was the deputy head of the NACF regional office for Chungnam, where he was responsible for supporting agribusiness in Chungnam Province. During his term, he was able to once again learn the importance of agriculture and its benefits to rural dwellers.

A lifelong employee at the NACF, Mr. Lee appreciates the role of cooperatives in the growth of rural communities and the importance of the ICAO’s support for its members. “Under my leadership”, he says, “the ICAO Secretariat will remain committed to providing ICAO members with the support they need to grow as cooperatives and improve the quality of life for their own members”. “We will also continue to lead by example in implementing the 2017 ICAO Declaration of Ambitions.”

Contact Information:
Email: nacfico@nonghyup.com Tel: +82-2-2080-6120
Ki-hoon Kim - Deputy Secretary General
Deputy Secretary:

Working at the NACF for more than two decades, Mr. Kim dreams of building a better life for farmers and the rest of rural communities. He believes at a time of growing uncertainty and inequality, cooperatives can present excellent alternative models of commercial activities. He also holds that the essential need for cooperation among people is the reason for existence of any cooperative.

Email: koolhandy@nonghyup.com Phone: +82-2-2080-6121
Communications Officer, Sunkyoung Choi
Communications Officer:

Mr. Sunkyoung Choi completed a BA in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. After returning to Korea, he performed his compulsory military duty in the Eighth United States Army. He then entered Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea where he did a MA degree in Korean-English Interpretation and Translation. Having developed a keen interest in global affair, Mr. Choi believes he can play an important role as ICAO Communication Officer in facilitating communication between the ICAO and its member cooperatives.

Email: icaocommunication@gmail.com Phone: +82-2-2080-6125