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Korea's UNESCO man

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By Kim Ji-myung

On July 26, 2001, my conference organizing company ConvEx Korea was selected as the planner-organizer for the "ICOM Seoul 2004" conference by the organizing committee of the event. I attended the bidding urged by my high school friend Dr. Lee, who was a director of a college museum in Seoul then. She is an expert in Roman glass from the Silla period.

I knew little about ICOM, nor about the background of the triennial conference. Was it a blessing or a curse that my staff and I were made to take on the responsibility of setting up this complicated event?

Founded in 1946, ICOM (the International Council of Museums) is a non-governmental organization with around 17,000 members in 140 countries. Until the 2004 Seoul Congress, not many Koreans knew about ICOM and its activities to promote and develop museums. ICOM also works to develop museum professionals at an international level, many of whom work at World Heritage sites with museums.

In 2001, I was a novice CEO of a newly established professional conference organizer. I launched the company at the active encouragement and half-demand (for the national........

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