Dr. Yoo, Young Sook is the Chairperson of the Climate Change Center and Honorary Research Scientist of the Korea Institute of Science & Technology(KIST). She also took the role of the Minister of the Environment for the Republic of Korea and the Vice President of KIST. As a representative female leader of Environment and Science in South Korea, she has been presenting a balanced view with broad knowledge and experience in three spheres, as a former government official, bio-scientist, and representative of civil society, which contributes to promoting a livable and sustainable country by building the trust of the population towards the environment and influencing the willingness of policymakers to act on scientific advice to response climate change.
Dr. Yoo earned a B.S. and a M.S. degree in Chemistry field from Ewha Womans University, Korea. She acquired a Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry & Biophysics Department from Oregon State University, and trained as a post-doctoral fellow at medical school of Stanford University, USA.
In recognition of her expertise and leadership, she was granted an award for Outstanding Woman to bring Honor from Gangwon Province, AMOREPACIFIC Award for Outstanding Women in the Sciences from Korea Federation of Women’s Science & Technology Associations and L'Oréal Korea-UNESCO Award
for Women in Science from Women’s Bioscience Forum.