Taeho Bark is currently President of the Global Commerce Institute of Lee&Ko, a leading global law firm in Korea and Professor Emeritus (former professor and Dean) of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Seoul National University. Professor Bark was appointed Minister for Trade of the Korean government in December 2011 and served until March 2013. In spring 2013, Dr Bark was in the race for the Director-General position of the WTO as the Korean candidate. He also served as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Economy and the Chairman of the International Trade Commission of Korea.
Prior to coming to Seoul National University, Professor Bark taught as an assistant professor at Georgetown University, worked as a senior research fellow of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and served as the Vice President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). During 2000-2002, Dr Bark served Chair of the Investment Expert Group (IEG) of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He taught at Sciences Po, Stanford University and the University of Washington as a visiting professor. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the IMF and consulted for the World Bank and the ADB.
He has authored books and articles on topics like international trade, foreign direct investment and the Korean economy. He was awarded “the Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes” (second highest grade) by the Korean government. Professor Bark received his BA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.