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First Lady Kim Yoon-ok was born in 1947 and graduated from Ewha Womans University with a degree in Health Education and Management.
As the wife of President Lee Myung-bak, 17th president of the Republic of Korea, she engages in various activities in and out of Cheongwadae.
She regularly participates in raising awareness for various causes, including caring for underprivileged children, supporting charity institutions and promoting quality education for all.
She is also a passionate advocate for children’s health and development. In 2008 she was named honorary president of Korean Support Committee for the International Vaccine Institute (IVI), an international organization under the United Nations devoted to introducing new-generation vaccines for developing countries.
Since becoming First Lady, she has been at the forefront of strengthening Korea’s national brand and enhancing its image abroad. One of the latest tasks she has taken to heart is the promotion of Korean cuisines around the world. Known as an accomplished cook among her family and friends, she has recently published a Korean cookbook for English speakers (Hansik: Stories of Korean Food). She has also been engaged in preserving Korean cultural heritages and promoting Korea as a top tourism destination across the globe. She is currently serving as the honorary chair of the Friends of National Museum of Korea and Visit Korea Year 2010-2012 Committee.
First Lady and President Lee have three daughters and one son. She is also the proud grandmother of six fabulous grandchildren.