About Us

Our Director

Anne Marie Sloth Carlsen took up her post as Director of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre in January 2014. 

For the previous five years she served as Senior Policy Advisor  in UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy in the Environment and Energy Group in New York,  initially (2008-2012) on loan from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DANIDA. Anne Marie’s work centred on UNDP and UN inter-agency policy and coherence issues relating to environmental and social sustainability, inclusive green economies, sustainable consumption and production, mainstreaming of climate change and environmental sustainability in the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) as well as global sustainable development governance and Rio+20, including follow-up in the Sustainable Development Goals and Post-2015 contexts. 

Prior to joining UNDP, Anne Marie served as a diplomat of her native country, Denmark, for more than 20 years, holding different positions dealing with a number of substantive issues: Deputy Head of the Department of Environment (2001-2008); Minister Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative of Denmark to the UN in Geneva (1997-2001); Head of the World Bank Section (1996-1997); Deputy Head of the Secretariat of the Minister for Nordic Affairs (1993-1996); First Secretary of the Embassy of Denmark in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania (1990-1993); Desk Officer, Organization and Budgeting (1988-1990); and Desk Officer, East Africa (1986-1988).

Anne Marie holds a Candidata Administrationis Politicae (Political Science and Public Administration) degree from the University of Copenhagen and has also studied at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, France, and at Washington State University in Pullman, USA.

Our Policy Specialist 

Artemy Izmestiev is our Policy Specialist. He works on research, policy dialogue and sharing Korea’s development experience with developing countries to help their own efforts to eradicate poverty and ensure sustainable human development through UNDP's networks. Artemy has worked for UNDP for over eight years, supporting the coordination and management of development assistance in a number of countries in Africa, Eastern Europe and CIS and the Arab States. His previous posting was with UNDP in Tajikistan, where he served as aid coordination specialist. He has also worked with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Ghana on preparations for the Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra in 2008. His work has focused on the development of aid policies, joint development assistance programmes and in promoting knowledge exchange for development results between developing countries. Artemy has MA in Economics from Moscow State University and MA in European Studies from the Institute of European Studies “Alcide de Gasperi” in Rome, Italy. 

Our Programme and Policy Officer

Ahjung Lee works on all aspects of the center’s programme with a focus on the Development Solutions Partnerships. Before joining the Centre, she worked for UNDP for several years overseas, as South-East Asia Regional Project Coordinator for the United Nations Indigenous People's Partnership at UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Thailand, and as Acting Programme Manager for Access to Justice for UNDP Country Office in Indonesia. Prior to her UNDP experiences, she worked as Development Researcher and Policy Analyst in Korean government institutions, as Project Manager in a human rights NGO, and as Research and Policy Consultant for an international research institute at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She has edited and authored a number of publications and UNDP reports. She holds a Master's Degree from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Toronto in Canada.

Our Operations Team

Heejung Kim, our operations associate, is responsible for leading and managing the overall administrative work in terms of finance, budget, contract and HR for the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. She holds a B.A. in French and worked for the U.S. Embassy Seoul and multi-national companies as an Administrative Officer for 14 years with expertise in finance and contract management.