Joo-Myung (Joe) Kang, Ph.D., is President of the International Gas Union taking over the Presidency in June 2018 for its 2018-2021 triennium as Korea prepares to host the 2021 World Gas Conference in the Republic of Korea. Under the leadership of Dr. Kang IGU’s mission during this triennium is to advocate for the environmental and economic role of natural gas as an integral part of a sustainable global energy system, and to elevate the IGU Credibility by promoting the political, technical and economic progress of the gas industry.
Dr. Kang had served as a Co-chairman for the Reorganizing Committee on Overseas Resources Development National Companies in 2016 and for the Restructuring Committee on the National Energy and Resources Development Companies in 2017. Dr. Kang has held numerous high profiled positions such as a Civil Member of National Energy Council presided by the President of the Republic of Korea and from 2005 to 2009 and as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for KOGAS from 2007 to 2010.
Dr. Kang has over 30 years of academic and energy industry related experience and has been one of the key opinion leaders and first movers in energy-related debates in Korea since 1986. Dr. Kang started his professional career as a development engineer at Schlumberger in Houston right after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Ph.D. in Petroleum Engineering in 1981. He became an assistant professor at the University of Tulsa in May 1983 and has been holding a professorship at Seoul National University since 1986.