Dr. Soonman KWON
President, Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI)
Prof Kwon is a health economist and has worked over 30 years on UHC, health finance and systems, and health industry. Before leading the KHIDI, which is a government agency allocating R&D funds to the health sector, he was Professor and Former Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University (SNU). He has held visiting positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, London School of Economics, University of Toronto, University of Tokyo, and Peking University. He was the Chief of the Health Sector Group in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in 2016-2017. He was the founding director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health System and Financing at SNU. He received the Excellence in Education award of Seoul National University in 2020.
He is the president of the Korean Society of Health Policy and Management and has served as president of the Korean Health Economic Association, the Korean Association of Schools of Public Health, and the Korean Gerontological Society. He holds PhD from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1993) and taught at the University of Southern California School of Public Policy until 1996. He has been a member of board or advisory committees of Health Systems Global (HSG), WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization), and WHO Centre for Health and Development. He has been a short-term consultant of WHO, World Bank, and GIZ for health system and financing in more than 30 countries.