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Project Officer, Operations Asia-Pacific

Youngchan Kim is a Project Officer in the Asia-Pacific Unit at DCAF. He is involved in the design, management and implementation of various security sector governance and security sector reform (SSG/SSR) activities in the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on DCAF’s contributions to the  EU-funded and FIIAPP-implemented project on the “Support to Reform of the Myanmar Police Force”.

Since 2017 he has been involved in presentations on SSG/R for visiting delegations from Myanmar, organized by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and an annual course on “International Relations, Democratisation and Human Security” for young professionals from Myanmar at GCSP/DCAF in Geneva. He was involved in the organization of the 2017 Inter-Parliamentary Forum on Security Sector Governance in Southeast Asia, held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Previously, he served as a Research Assistant in DCAF’s Research Division, where he assisted the Ombuds Institutions Programme.

Prior to joining DCAF, Youngchan worked at the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research (SIAW), the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) and the Institute for Health and Unification Studies (IHUS). Youngchan Kim holds a dual MA in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and in International Affairs and Governance (MIA) from the University of St. Gallen. His Master’s thesis addressed “The Role of the Security Sector in Transition to Democracy: Republic of Korea (South Korea) and Republic of China (Taiwan)”.