Kim Young-rae is currently serving as Chairman of the Civil Society Development Committee, which is an advisory body to the Prime Minister’s Office of South Korea. He also holds other positions such as contributing editorial writer of Kyeonggi Ilbo, contributing commentator of KBS, permanent co-representative of Gyeonggi Provincial Council of Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice (CCEJ), permanent co-representative of the Korea Manifesto Center, permanent member of the National Unification Advisory Council, and advisor to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission (ACRC). Formerly, he served as professor of Department of Political Science at Ajou University, President of Dongduk Women’s University, President of the Korean Political Science Association (KPSA), and President of the Korean Association of NGO Studies (KANGOS). Kim graduated from the Department of Political Science and Diplomacy at Yonsei University. Later, he obtained a master’s degree in political science from University of Southern California. He worked as a research professor at University of California San Diego (UCSD). Kim has published a book titled “Understanding Korean Politics.” He received a Service Merit Medal from the Korean President on September 30, 2008 and awarded a Blue Stripe (Cheongjo) Order of Service Merit on August 31, 2014.