Kim Kihwan

Kihwan Kim

Emeritus Chair, The Seoul Financial Forum, Seoul; Honorary Asia Pacific group member

Kihwan Kim is currently the emeritus chair of the Seoul Financial Forum. From 2002 to 2017 he served as the full chair of the Forum. From 2012 to 2016 he held a distinguished visiting scholarship at the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and published Korea’s Economic Miracle: Past 50 Years and Next 50 Years in 2013. From 2008 to 2010 he also served as vice chair of the National Economic Policy Council chaired by Korea’s President. Prior to that he served as an advisor to Goldman Sachs. During the 1997- 98 Asian financial crisis, Kim was Korea’s ambassador-at-large for economic affairs, playing a key role in the early resolution of the crisis for Korea. After returning to Korea in 1976, Kim served successively as a  senior advisor  to Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Planning, a member of the Monetary Board, president of KDI, vice minister of Trade and Industry, international economic policy coordinator and  trade negotiator with the rank of ambassador and chief delegate to the North-South Inter-Korea Economic Talks. Subsequently he was a consultant at the World Bank and the OECD. He was also a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo in 1989. Kim taught for some thirteen years at a number of US universities including the Universities of California, Berkeley and Davis. Kihwan Kim holds a B.A. in history from Grinnell College, an M.A. also in history from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley.