Tae Kyun Kwon

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Tae-Kyun Kwon started his public career at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Korea, spending most of his career working in the areas of international finance, trade promotion and foreign investment inducement. After serving as the Deputy Minister for Free Economic Zone Planning in the Ministry of Finance & Economy, he became the Deputy Minister for Trade and Investment at the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Trade in 2008. Subsequently, he became the Chief Administrator of the Public Procurement Service that is responsible for all contracts and procurements undertaken on behalf of the government and public agencies. As the Chief Administrator, he initiated the development of foreign public markets including the UN and US markets for domestic public market players. In 2010, he was appointed as the Korean Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a post that he held for three years. As ambassador he greatly enhancing Korea’s relationship with the UAE promoting cooperation between the countries in the areas of energy, military and healthcare. As a result of his service, he was awarded the UAE Independence Order, First Class by the UAE government and the Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes, by the Korean Government. After retirement from the Government in 2013, he worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP).He was a Visiting Professor at the Sogang University as well as at the Korea Human Resource Development Institute for Health and Welfare. Currently, he serves as the Chairman of the Board at the Professional Infrastructure Developers Association.


  • 2007 Chung-Ang University, Korea, International Finance, Ph. D.

  • 1988 Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia, U.S.A, MBA

  • 1983 Seoul National University, M.A.

  • 1978 Seoul National University, B.A.


  • 2015-present Senior Advisor, Yulchon LLC

  • 2015-present Chairman of the Board, Professional Infrastructure Developers Association

  • 2015-present Senior Advisor(UAE, Laos, Bulgaria, Serbia), Knowledge Sharing Program

  • 2015-2020 Outside Director, Samsung Electro-Mechanics

  • 2013-2014 Visiting Research Fellow, KIEP

  • 2010-2013 Ambassador of Korea to the United Arab Emirates

  • 2009-2010 Chief Administrator, Public Procurement Service

  • 2008-2009 Deputy Minister for Trade and Investment, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Trade

  • 2007-2008 Deputy Minister for Free Economic Zone Planning, MOFE

  • 2006-2007 Commissioner, Korea Financial Intelligence Unit, MOFE

  • 2005-2006 Director-General, International Finance Bureau, MOFE

  • 1992-1996 Country Officer, Asian Development Bank