Hee-Eun Kim is the Founder, President, and CEO of the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy (CAPS), a Washington DC-based international security think tank that provides policy recommendations about present and future threats to security and stability across the Asia Pacific region. Her mission is to bring awareness to leaders and the general public about real-world defense and security issues pertaining to Asia Pacific nations.
Mrs. Kim received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and her Master’s degree in International Relations (Foreign Policy and National Security) from SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
From 2007 – 2008 Mrs. Kim worked at the Gyeonggi Research Institute, a think tank affiliated with Korean Government research on the US-ROK Alliance and US Forces Korea. While at GRI she led the Kaesung Industrial Complex outreach program.
From 2009 – 2011 Mrs. Kim served as the chief manager for an exchange program between the United States and ROK at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education, where she led the pilot program to include North Korean defectors students in the exchange program.
From 2011 – 2012, she served on the staff of the Senior Secretary of Foreign Policy and National Security within Cheonghwadae, the Office of the President. She was responsible for writing the monthly internal Think Tank Report and led the outreach program for the Senior Secretary of National Security.
At the end of the Presidential administrative term in 2012, Mrs. Kim joined the staff of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea located in Seoul. She initially started her position as International Relations Officer at the Multi-national Logistics Division and moved her position as the Chief of United Nations Command (UNC) Logistics Branch.
In 2016 Mrs. Kim was appointed as Deputy Director of Political-Military Engagement on the Commander’s Strategic Initiatives Group for the US four-star Commander of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea. She supported Commander and the leadership group as a Pol-Mil Advisor and plan and execute Key Leaders Engagements.
In 2020, she established the Center for Asia Pacific Strategy in Washington DC as a non-governmental and multinational think tank. Recently, she also joined on the Advisory Board for the Economic Conflict & Competition Research Group at King’s College London.