The Council has two Patrons

Korea’s Ambassador to New Zealand, His Excellency Mr Lee Sang-jin

Date of Birth:

Feb. 28, 1962



Feb. 1988 B.A. in Law, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Mar. 1999 M.A. in Political Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan



Nov. 1990 Passed the 34th High Civil Service Examination

Apr. 1991 ~ Nov. 2004 Worked at Seoul Metropolitan Government,
Office for Government Policy Coordination (OPC)

Nov. 2004 ~ May 2006 Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo, Japan

Jul. 2006 ~ Jan. 2007 Director, Performance Management Division, OPC

Jan. 2007 ~ Feb. 2009 First Secretary and Consul, Korean Embassy in Japan

Apr. 2010 ~ Apr. 2011 Director, Regulatory Coordination Division, OPC

Apr. 2011 ~ Sep. 2011 Director, Human Resources Division, OPC

Sep. 2011 ~ Dec. 2012 Director General for Intellectual Property Policy, OPC

Jan. 2014 ~ Sep. 2015 Director General for Civil Service Discipline and Investigation, OPC

Sep. 2015 ~ Feb. 2016 Deputy Minister for Economic Policy Coordination, OPC

Feb. 2016 ~ Nov. 2017 Head of the National Archives of Korea, Ministry of the Interior

Nov. 2017 ~ Mar. 2018 Director-General, Office of Past Affairs Management,

Ministry of the Interior and Safety

Mar. 2018 Deputy-Minister for Overseas Koreans and Consular Affairs,

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

May 2020 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to New Zealand



Jul. 2004: Service Merit Medal



Married with one daughter and one son


New Zealand’s Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Philip Turner

Philip Turner was appointed New Zealand Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in March 2018. He is concurrently Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).

Philip has extensive experience as a diplomat and a business leader in North Asia, with a particular focus on North Asia. With the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he served on postings to the New Zealand Embassies in Tokyo and Brussels. He then moved to Fonterra where he worked for 18 years in a variety of senior positions in Shanghai, Tokyo, Brussels and Auckland. He managed Fonterra’s business in China, and most recently was Director of Global Stakeholder Affairs at Fonterra in Auckland.

Philip attended the University of Auckland in New Zealand where he graduated with a First Class Master of Arts in History. He speaks fluent French and Japanese, conversational
Chinese, and is enjoying becoming acquainted with the Korean language.

Philip is joined in Seoul by his partner Hiroshi Ikeda. Philip and Hiroshi are passionate about embracing diversity in our society.