Soonman Kwon, PhD

School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

Soonman Kwon is Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University (SNU) in the Republic of Korea, and has held visiting positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, London School of Economics, University of Toronto, University of Bremen, Peking University, and Beijing Normal University. He was the Chief of the Health Sector Group in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is the founding director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health System and Financing. He is the president of the Korean Health Economic Association and was presidents of the Korean Association of Schools of Public Health and of the Korean Gerontological Society. He is the Associate Editor of Health Policy (Elsevier), and was the editor of the Korean Journal of Public Health and the Korean Journal of Health Economics.

He has been a member of board or advisory committees of Health Systems Global (HSG), WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, GAVI, and WHO Centre for Health and Development. He has occasionally been a short-term consultant of WHO, World Bank, and GIZ for health system and financing in Armenia, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. He holds PhD in health economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1993) and taught at the University of Southern California School of Public Policy.

Terms of Appointment: July 2019 - June 2021