Dr. JUN Kwang-woo

  • Chairman, Institute for Global Economics
  • Fmr. Chairman, Financial Services Commission
  • Fmr. Chairman & CEO, National Pension Service
  • Fmr. Ambassador for International Finance, Korea
  • jun.kwangwoo@gmail.com

Dr. Jun served in 2009-2013 as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Pension Service (NPS) of orea, the 7,000 member public organization with US$600 billion fund, one of the world’s largest in terms of total assets under management, and led the NPS to become a global force during his tenure. After serving as Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of Economics, he is currently Chairman, Institute for Global Economics(IGE).

In 2008-2009, Dr. Jun served as founding Chairman of the Financial Services Commission(FSC), the cabinet post in charge of financial policy and supervision, and played a leading role in successfully coping with the global financial crisis erupted in 2008. He was also elected Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Regional Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the first time for a Korean top regulator.

His previous positions include: Korea’s Ambassador for International Finance; Chairman of the Board of POSCO, a global steel group; Chairman of Deloitte Korea; Group Vice Chairman of Woori Financial Holdings; President of the Korea Center for International Finance. After serving as a finance professor at Michigan State University, he worked for the World Bank for more than 14 years in various capacities. At the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998, he returned home as Special Advisor to Deputy Prime Minister.

Dr. Jun is an author of numerous articles and several books, including Beyond the Crisis(2010). He has been featured in interviews or columns appearing in The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, among others, and has been a frequent invited speaker at international conferences such as Davos Forum.

He received his BA in economics from Seoul National University, and MA in economics and MBA and Ph.D in finance from Indiana University. He has completed the Executive Program at Harvard Business School and the AMP from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania. Among the recent honors and awards received, he is the inaugural recipient of Indiana University’s Distinguished International Alumni Award (2013).