Kim Bum-il


Master of Public Administration, 1984
Mayor of Daegu, Republic of Korea

Kim Bum-il is the 31st mayor of Daegu Metropolitan City, the 3rd largest city in the Republic of Korea, with a population of 2.5 million people.

Following his service as chief of forest cervices with the central government of Korea, Bum-il gave up his lifetime career as a public official to become a politician. He became vice mayor of Daegu in May, 2003. On July 1, 2006, he went onto win his first election, and became the mayor of Daegu Metropolitan City.

As mayor, Kim Bum-il has worked on revitalizing the city’s economy through policies, such as the Business Friendly Daegu project and the Knowledge-based Industry Daegu project. Among several other accomplishments during his first year as mayor, Bum-il won his city a bid for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. Through this sporting event he hopes to put the name of Daegu on the global map, and promote the city’s economy with enhanced international recognition.

In his youth, Kim was able to attend one of the most prestigious high schools in Daegu, Gyeongbuk High School; he later attended Seoul National University, widely considered to be the best university in Korea. It was his enthusiasm and tireless effort that led him from a remote village in a small town to attend the best schools in the nation, and further to the United States, where he attended the University of Southern California.

Kim Bum-il passed the 12th High Civil Service Examination in 1972 to become a senior public official. He started his public service career at the Ministry of Government Administration & Home Affairs (MOGAHA) as a deputy director. While working for the central government for 30 years, he held various positions such as secretary to the President and assistant minister in charge of the Planning & Management Bureau of MOGAHA.

In 1984 he earned a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California. After receiving his degree, Bum-il worked for the 1988 Seoul Olympic Organizing Committee for four years as the marketing director. He showed his passion and commitment in his roll by succeeding in attracting official sponsorships from prominent enterprises such as Coca Cola, Kodak, and 3M.

For his outstanding service to the nation, the Republic of Korea has awarded Mayor Kim twice with high national decorations, the Order of Sport Merit – Baegma Medal in 1989, and the Order of Service Merit – Yellow Stripes Medal in 2004.