Dr. Hongnam Kim is the former Director General of the National Museums of Korea from 2006 to 2008, where she oversaw twelve national museums. Previously she was the director of the National Folk Museum of Korea, professor of art history and museum director at Ewha Womans University, and curator of the Rockefeller Collection at Asia Society. She began her career in Asian art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Throughout her career, she has been the curator of numerous significant exhibitions and has published widely on Chinese and Korean art. She helped develop new museums in Korea as Chief Advisor to Samsung Cultural Foundation and while serving on the City Planning Committee of Seoul. A president and trustee of the National Trust of Korea, she has passionately promoted heritage preservation. She served on the board of the Executive Council of ICOM (International Council of Museums), and currently sits on the Asian Art Council of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the International Council of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Global Council of Asia Society, New York. She received the French Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur for her contribution to French–Korean cultural exchange. Dr. Kim received her PhD in Asian art history from Yale University in 1985.