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Soon-Young Yoon

Soon-Young Yoon is the UN representative for the International Alliance of Women and member of the Gender Advisory group of the President of the 76th UN General Assembly. As a visiting Fulbright Professor at Ewha Womans University, she helped establish Asia's first women's studies program. Yoon helped organize the NGO Forum at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women that brought together more than 35,000 participants. She previously served as a social development officer for UNICEF in the Southeast Asia office and a social scientist at WHO South-East Asia Regional Office in New Delhi.

A former columnist for The Earth Times newspaper, Yoon co-edited the WHO monograph, "Gender, Women, and the Tobacco Epidemic" with Dr. Jonathan Samet. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French literature with honors and PhD in anthropology from the University of Michigan. She is married to Richard M. Smith, former editor-in-chief and president of Newsweek and current president of the Pinkerton Foundation. She splits her time between Michigan and New Jersey.