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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. 

President, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Chair, Boards of Governors, African Development Bank
President, African Development Bank Group
Ministre du Plan et du Développement, Gouverneur de la Banque africaine de développement pour la Côte d’Ivoire
Minister of Economy, Finance and Investment Support, Government of Tunisia, African Development Governor for Tunisia
Minister for Finance, Economic Planning and Trade, African Development Bank Governor of the Seychelles
Assistant Secretary for Multilateral, Development and Trade Affairs, Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery, France , African Development Bank Alternate Governor for France
Minister of Finance, African Development Bank Governor for Algeria
Minister of Finance, Ethiopia, African Development Bank Governor for Ethiopia
State Secretary, International Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Governor of the African Development Bank for Norway
Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation, Senegal, Governor of the African Development Bank for Senegal
Deputy Director-General International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Temporary Governor of the African Development Bank for Japan
Undersecretary of International Financial Relations for Development, Secretariat of Strategic Affairs, Presidency of the Argentine Republic, Governor of the African Development Bank for Argentina
Permanent Secretary - Economic Management and Finance Ministry of Finance, African Development Bank Temporal Governor for Zambia
Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Governor of the African Development Bank for Egypt
Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning / African Development Bank Governor for Nigeria
State Minister of Finance for Economic Cooperation, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Minister of Water, Forest, the Sea and Environment Gabon
Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada
Director General of the World Trade Organisation
President for COP 26
Deputy Secretary-General, Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG)
President of the Assembly and the Chair of the Council, Global Green Growth Institute
Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization
Vice Chairman and Partner at Global Infrastructure Partners.
Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
Executive Director, Green Climate Fund
Founder & CEO, Mobihealth International, Nigeria
CEO, Global Center on Adaptation
Founder and CEO, Kiri EV
Founder & CEO, Sinnot Technologies
CEO, IDB Invest
Director & Co-Founder, MSCAN Uganda
Journalist and Co-Founder, Moderate the Panel
Broadcaster and Entrepreneur, Moderate the Panel