7th International Conference on Geological Repositories - Empowering Progress in Development of Deep Geological Repositories


Sok Chul Kim

Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), Korea



Dr. Sok Chul Kim currently serves as the President of the Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety (KINS), a position he has held since 2021, following his tenure as President of the Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control starting in 2018. A KAIST graduate with a degree in Nuclear and Quantum Engineering, Dr. Kim has established a distinguished career in the fields of nuclear safety, emergency response, and security. In 2006, Dr. Kim rejoined KINS to lead the Radiological Security Department after spending a year at the Ministry of National Defense, where he directed the Nuclear Verification Task Force. Earlier, he represented the IAEA at the Generation IV International Forum’s initiatives on Proliferation Resistance and Physical Protection after 9/11, making substantial contributions to IAEA safety and security publications and participating in over 30 agency missions. His career began in 1984 at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute's Nuclear Safety Center, specializing in nuclear reactor safety assessments. By 1990, he had shifted to performing regulatory reviews at KINS, focusing on probabilistic safety assessments of external events and the radiological impacts of nuclear accidents. Dr. Kim is also a published author, contributing to "Japan in Crisis" (2012) and authoring "The Society of Recurring Disaster" (2015).