Dr. Seong-il Kim is a leading scholar in ecotourism and nature conservation in Korea. He has played an important role in introducing sustainable tourism concepts to Korea through writing, public speaking, government committees, and NGO involvement. He has garnered significant media attention for issues relating to North Korea reforestation and conservation activities, as well as intracontinental environmental partnerships within Asia. He established a community education center in a small rural area to teach rural tourism and leadership skills, serving as voluntary dean for 15 years. He has been the president of the Korea Ecotourism Society since its establishment in 2010. At the international level, he was an appointed Councillor of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as a regional vice-chair of the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) between 2009-2012. In 2012, Dr. Kim served as a regional adviser for the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS). He as also been a commissioner of the Presidential Committee on Green Growth specializing climate change issues and sustainable development.