Among the thousands of individuals and organizations that have been helped by the Foundation over the years, in July 2004, a group of them formally joined together to establish a non-profit support organization for the Foundation’s program in Korea, creating the Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (FOTAF).
The Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has maintained a presence in the Republic of Korea since 1954. Drawing on 60 years of experience in Asia, the Foundation collaborates with public and private partners to support institutional development, educational exchanges, and research and training in support of good governance and development. The Foundation has carried out these programs in support of Korea’s own rapid political and economic development. Today, the Foundation’s program increasingly focuses on working with Korean organizations as partners in developing Asia. This reflects Korea’s transformation from aid recipient to donor state and expanding role as a major aid provider throughout the world.
FOTAF offers The Asia Foundation’s Korea office financial and advisory support, particularly focusing on Korea’s international relations, its role in development in the Asian region, and programs that will support constructive engagement with North Korea for the ultimate goal of a peaceful Korean unification. FOTAF intends to provide active support for the Foundation’s development programs, targeting the least developed countries in the region. The goal is to ensure that Korea is a key player not only in Asia, but on the global stage as well.
Moon Kook-Hyun is the former Chief Executive Officer of Yuhan-Kimberly, Limited, which is a 70:30 joint venture company between Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Yuhan Corporation in Korea, and the former Group President and Chairman of the Board, KC North Asia.
He received a bachelor’s degree in English and Business Administration from HanKook University of Foreign Studies and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Seoul National University.
Mr. Moon has been an environmental leader for 30+ years. He initiated “Keep Korea Green”, the first company-sponsored environmental campaign in Korea in 1984, which created mountain paths, “Forest for Life”, “Forest for Schools”, “Forest for Peace”, “Northeast Asia Forest Forum”, UNEPLC, and numerous activities for youth, newly-weds and opinion leaders in the country.
His efforts on environmental protection and education have been recognized by the United Nations Environmental Program with its prestigious award, named “Global 500 Roll of Honor” in 1997. He also received the Asian Environmental Award from Korea/Japan Daily Consortium in 1998.
Mr. Moon also served as Chairman of the People-Centered New Competitiveness Presidential Committee (2004~2005). He is the Founding Chair of Peter Drucker Society of Korea (2005).
David D. Arnold is the sixth president of The Asia Foundation. He is a highly respected international development veteran with years of experience across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.
Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Arnold served as president of the American University in Cairo. Previously, Mr. Arnold served as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education, the world’s largest educational exchange organization, and he worked for the Ford Foundation (1984-1997), serving as its first program officer in the field of governance and then for six years as the organization’s representative in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
Kathleen Stephens is the William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). She also serves as the acting director of the Korea Program at APARC for the 2015-16 academic year. She has four decades of experience in Korean affairs, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Korea in the 1970s, and in ensuing decades as a diplomat and as U.S. Ambassador in Seoul. Stephens’ diplomatic career included serving as Charge d’Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in India during the first seven months of the new administration led by Narendra Modi in 2014, acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in 2012; U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2011; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2005 to 2007; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian affairs from 2003 to 2005.
Kim Jin-Hyun is Chairman of the World Peace Forum and Adviser, Korea-American Association. Dr. Kim started his career as a journalist, working for Dong-A Ilbo in various key positions and shaping opinion while serving chief editorial board. He later went on to become Minister of Science and Technology and also Chairman and Publisher of Munhwa Ilbo, Chairman of Research Advisory Committee, Korea International Trade Asso. He is now Chairman, National Strategy Forum that promotes policies for advancing Korean society. Dr. Kim received his B.A. in Sociology from Seoul National University and received an honorary doctorate degree in Economics from Korea University. He is also a Nieman Fellow, a prestigious fellowship for journalists at Harvard University.
Min Sun-shik is the Chairman and CEO of YBM Holdings, a leading education service company in Korea. As Chairman of Korea International School, Co-Chair of the Education Committee of American Chamber of Commerce Korea, and Member of Harvard Global Advisory Council, he has been an active member of Korea’s international cooperation and education sector, especially in promoting Korean Studies overseas. Mr. Min, who graduated from Seoul National University, received his master’s degree from MIT Sloan School of Management, and doctor’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.
Park Jin is currently the President of Korean-American Association and Asia Future Institute. He is also working as Chair Professor at the Graduate School of International and Area Studies of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. Previously, he was a Grand National Party lawmaker representing Jongno District in Seoul and the chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification. After passing his Foreign Service exam, he served as a naval officer. Dr. Park graduated from Seoul National University with a BA in law. He later studied at Harvard University’s Kennedy School in the U.S. and Oxford University in the United Kingdom before serving as a staff member of the Blue House during 1993-98. He is also a global fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.
Professor Eun Mee Kim is Dean of The Graduate School, Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies, Director of the Institute for Development and Human Security and Director of the Ewha Global Health Institute for Girls at Ewha Womans University. She served as President of the Korea Association of International Development and Cooperation (2011, 2012). She has served as a member on the Committee for International Development Cooperation under the Prime Minister’s Office, the Policy Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Policy Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family. In 2012, she received the Service Merit Medal from the Republic of Korea for her contributions to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan. In 2013, she received the first research grant to a university in South Korea from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on her research project entitled, “Advocacy for Korean Engagement in Global Health and Development.” In 2016, she received a second grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a project entitled, “Korea Global Health Strategy.” In December 2016 she was appointed by the UN as one of 15 scientists in the world to work on the Global Sustainable Development Report 2019.
Kwang W. Kim is the country representative of The Asia Foundation’s office in Korea effective October 2018. Kim is a global expert in private sector approaches to development, including sustainable business models and public-private partnerships. Kim was the regional lead for International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) in its Sustainable Business Advisory Services in Latin America & the Caribbean, as well as other partners, in de-risking investments, impact investment, and mainstreaming Environmental Social Governance in the investment process through advisory services. Kim served in advisory roles to the governments of Panama and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on economic diversification strategies. In South Asia, he advised the public and private sectors on strengthening the competitiveness of the mining, tourism, and agribusiness sectors in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Kim currently serves on the board of Conservatorio Urban Innovation, the strategy arm of a global investment fund focusing in urban revitalization. He has adjunct faculty appointments with Georgetown University’s Landagger Program in International Business Diplomacy, and with Hanyang University School of Business.
Lee Hong-Koo is Chairman of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs and a Professor Emeritus at Seoul National University in Korea. He has had a long and distinguished career in academia, government, and politics.
After graduating from Oxford College in 1957 and Emory College in 1959, Dr. Lee received a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and went on to hold professorships at Emory, Case Western Reserve University, and Seoul National University. His early government service included appointments as Minister of National Unification (1988) and Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1991). From 1994-96, he served as Prime Minister of Korea in President Kim Young Sam’s government. In 1998, at the height of the Asian financial crisis, he was posted to Washington as Ambassador to the United States.
Professor Han Sung-Joo is Chairman of the International Policy Studies Institute of Korea. He is also a Professor Emeritus at Korea University. Prof. Han previously served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-94), UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Cyprus (1996-97), a member of the UN Inquiry Commission on the 1994 Rwanda Genocide (1999), Chairman of the East Asia Vision Group (2000-2001), Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States (2003-2005), and Acting President of Korea University(2002, 2006-2007).
Prof. Han is a graduate of Seoul National University (1962) and received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (1970). Previously, he taught at City University of New York (1970-78) and was a visiting Professor at Columbia University (1986-87) and Stanford University (1992, 1995). He was also a Distinguished Fellow at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (1986-87).