International Maritime Organization
Kitack Lim is the current South Korean secretary general of the International Maritime Organization. Lim was born in Masan, Gyeongsangnam-do, a major port city in South Korea. He majored in nautical science at the Korea Maritime and Ocean University, Busan, graduating in 1977. He worked on ships as a Republic of Korea Navy officer and for Sanko Shipping Co. He joined the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985, while continuing with further studies at the Graduate School of Administration, Yonsei University, obtaining a master's degree in 1990. He then studied maritime administration with a major in navigation at the World Maritime University, graduating with a master's degree. From 1995 he attended a doctoral programme for international law at KMOU, completing course work in 1998.