About Us


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 Communication Consultant

Hyo Jin Ahn works on communications, including website management, social media and sharing UNDP’s knowledge and experiences in development in Korea. She has worked in Africa, Central Asia and Europe for a number of development projects.  She holds her M.A. degrees in International Development from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea and in Responsible Management and Sustainable Economic Development from University for Peace, Costa Rica.


Our Operations Team

Su Kyung Son is our operations associate. She is responsible for leading and managing the overall administrative work in terms of finance, budget, contract and HR for UNDP Seoul Policy Centre. She is also in charge of logistics of the office and ensures effective and efficient functioning of the office.  She holds a B.A. in accounting and worked for the U.S. Embassy in Seoul for 13 years. She served as Administrative Officer with expertise in finance and contract management. 



Joong Chul Cho is Administration Assistant. Joong Chul has worked for UNDP for over 22 years, both for the former UNDP country office and for the Seoul Policy Centre since its establishment in January 2011. He has also worked for the Malaysian and Brazilian embassies. In 1996 Joong Chul was awarded a plaque from the Minster of Science and Technology in recognition of his support for UNDP and the Government of the Republic of Korea.