Lee Hong-Koo

Hong-Koo Lee

Former Korean Prime Minister, Seoul; Honorary Asia Pacific group member

Dr. Lee Hong-Koo is Chairman of the board of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs. From 1994 to 1995, he served as prime minister of South Korea. Prior to that, he served twice as the deputy prime minister for unification working to improve relations between the two divided Korean states. Dr. Lee served as ambassador of South Korea to the United States (1998 to 2000), and the United Kingdom (1991 to 1993). Before entering public service, Ambassador Lee had been on the faculty of Seoul National University for 20 years, and now a professor emeritus. Ambassador Lee had been involved with a number of international leadership organizations including the Club de Madrid and the Commission on Global Governance. As the World Cup bidding Committee Chairman, he had successfully brought 2002 World Cup to Korea-Japan. Being educated at Seoul National and Emory Universities, he received a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.