Permanent Representative to ICAO and Consul General of the Republic of Korea was born on the 1st February 1953 in Seoul, Korea. In 1977 he graduated from Seoul National University, where he majored in Sociology, he graduated from SNU Graduate School for Public Administration in 1979. In 1977 he passed the High Civil Servant Examination and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was Lieutenant in First Grade, ROK Navy 1979-82. From 1983-86, he served as Consul, at the Consulate General in Chicago, and was First Secretary, at the Embassy in Fiji in 1988.
The following two years were spent as Director, Inter-Korean Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while in 1997-98, he was Secretary to the President, for Policy Planning, Office of the President. In 1998-99 Mr. RHEE was Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence and in 1999-2002 he served as Minister, at the Korean Embassy in the Netherlands. In 2002-2003 he was Director-General for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation, at the Office of Policy Planning and International Organization, MOFAT and later that year presented his credentials, and was appointed Ambassador, Permanent Representative to to ICAO and Consul General of the Republic of Korea.