Director, Jeong Shim Lee | Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality

Jeong Shim Lee, Director, Centre of Excellency for Gender Equality. Photo: Courtesy of Jeong Shim Lee
Jeong Shim Lee, Director, Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality. Photo: Courtesy of Jeong Shim Lee

Ms. Jeongshim Lee was appointed Director of the UN Women Centre of Excellence for Gender Equality in Seoul, the Republic of Korea in September 2022. Ms. Lee brings to the role over three decades of experience in developing innovative gender equality policies that empower women and girls. She has worked for ministerial-level national machineries as well as the Office of the President (2008-2010) on policies related to women, youth, and family in the Republic of Korea, most recently as the Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. Ms. Lee also served as Senior Advisor for intergovernmental support and focal point for women and girls with disabilities at UN Women headquarters from 2012 to 2015.

Her areas of work included the promotion of women's economic empowerment, the elimination of violence against women and girls, and the promotion of work-life balance, among others. Ms. Lee holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, a Master of Public Policy from Kyung Hee University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Sungkyunkwan University in the Republic of Korea.