About the Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea

On July 2004, among the thousands of individuals and organizations that have received the Foundation’s help over the years, a group of them formally gathered to establish a non-profit support organization for the Foundation’s program in Korea, the Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (FOTAF). FOTAF is an independent entity of The Asia Foundation and The Asia Foundation Korea.

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 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 an aid recipient to a donor state, expanding its role as a major aid provider around 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 also on the global stage.

Board of Directors

  • Min Sunshik

    • Chairman of Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea
    • Chairman, YBM Holdings

    Min Sunshik is the Chairman of YBM Holdings, a leading education service company in Korea. As Head and 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 a doctor’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard University.

  • Kim Jin-Hyun

    • Chairman of World Peace Forum, Advisor of Park Systems Corp
    • Former Minister of Science and Technology

    Kim Jin-Hyun is Chairman of the World Peace Forum and Adviser, Korea-American Association. He 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. He 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.

  • David Arnold

    • President and CEO, The Asia Foundation

    Asia Foundation President and CEO David D. Arnold is a highly respected international development veteran with years of experience across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Arnold leads all aspects of The Asia Foundation, including its headquarters in San Francisco, an office in Washington D.C., and 18 country offices across Asia. Since assuming the presidency in 2011, David Arnold has undertaken two major strategic planning exercises for the organization and a significant fundraising campaign, Change Starts Here. Early in his tenure he oversaw the re-establishment of an Asia Foundation office in Myanmar and launched new initiatives focused on technology innovations and Asian leadership development.


    From 2003 to 2010, Arnold served as president of the American University in Cairo (AUC) where he oversaw the construction of a new, state-of-the-art $400 million campus, and spearheaded AUC’s $125 million fundraising campaign, the largest in the university’s history. Prior to that he served for six years as executive vice president of the Institute of International Education, the world’s largest educational exchange organization. From 1984 to 1997, he worked for the Ford Foundation, serving as its first program officer in the field of governance and then for seven years as the organization’s representative in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.


    David D. Arnold began his public service career in 1975 in his home state of Michigan as a program budget analyst with the Michigan Department of Labor. At Washington, D.C.’s National Governors Association, he handled intergovernmental relations in the areas of employment, housing, and economic development. He later served as executive director of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, a regional think tank and policy institute.


    Arnold serves on the boards of Give2Asia, a philanthropic intermediary established by The Asia Foundation, and the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He is also a member of World Learning’s Global Advisory Council and the International Advisory Council of the American University of Beirut. He is a frequent public speaker on issues of governance, international relations, and regional development in Asia.


    He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He received an honorary doctorate of humanities from Michigan State University in 2011.

  • Kathleen Stephens

    • President & CEO, Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)
    • Former William J. Perry Fellow, Korea Program, Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
    • Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea

    Kathleen Stephens is the president of the Korea Economic Institute of America. She was formerly William J. Perry Fellow in the Korea Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). Amb. Stephens, a career diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, was Acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in 2012, and U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, 2008-2011.

    During her diplomatic career, she served in numerous posts in Washington, Asia, and Europe. From 2005 to 2007 she was Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP). While Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (EUR) from 2003 to 2005, she focused on post-conflict and stabilization issues in the Balkans. She was Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. Stephens’ overseas postings included service in China, Korea, Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Portugal, and Trinidad & Tobago.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from Prescott College, and holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, along with honorary doctoral degrees from Chungnam National University and the University of Maryland. She was senior State Department Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, 2011-2012. She serves as Vice Chair of the Pacific Century Institute Board of Directors, is on the board of The Korea Society, and is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Ambassador Stephens studied at the University of Hong Kong. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Korea in the 1970s.

  • Kim Eun Mee

    • President, Ewha Womans University
    • Professor, The Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University
    • Director, Ewha Global Health Insitute for Girls
    • Former Dean, The Graduate School of Ewha Womans University
    • Former Dean, The Graduate School of International Studies, Ewha Womans University

    Eun Mee Kim is President of Ewha Womans University. She is also Professor in the Graduate School of International Studies, Director of the Ewha Global Health Institute for Girls and former Dean of the Graduate School and the Graduate School of International Studies 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 Kim

    • Korea Country Representative, The Asia Foundation

    Kwang W. Kim is the country representative of The Asia Foundation’s office in Korea effective October 2018. He is a global expert in innovative business solutions to poverty, including public-private approaches to development and responsible business models. He oversees the Foundation’s office in Korea, covering both South and North Korea. Previously, He 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.

    He 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. He was also a management consultant for Monitor Group in Cambridge, MA and São Paulo, Brazil. He currently serves on the board of Conservatorio Urban Innovation, the strategy arm of a regional 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.

  • Sung Rae Eun

    • President and CEO, Youngone Holdings Co., Ltd.
    • President, Youngone Corporation

    Rae Eun Sung is the President and CEO of Youngone Holdings Co., Ltd., a holdings company with subsidiaries mainly engaged in the manufacturing (OEM of global retail brands), distribution, and retail of outdoor wear, sportswear, and equipment. Aside from her executive roles in Youngone, Rae Eun Sung is a Board Member of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Korea Office, a Vice President of The Korean Society of Clothing and Textiles, a Vice President of Korean National Ballet Society. She is an

    active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), which is a global leadership community of chief executives. In 2021, she was awarded the Nation’s Honorable Recognition Medal from Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy for her devoted contribution to the textile and fashion industry. Rae Eun Sung is a proud alumni of Choate Rosemary Hall, and she holds a B.A. in Sociology from Stanford University.

  • Hong Jeongdo

    • Vice Chairman & CEO of JoongAng Holdings
    • CDXO of JoongAng Ilbo & JTBC

    Jeongdo Hong is the Vice Chairman and CEO of JoongAng Group, the largest media and entertainment group in Korea. He is concurrently CDXO of JTBC, the fastest growing general programming channel in Korea since he founded it in December 2011. He also leads the digital transformation of JoongAng Ilbo, a major national newspaper.


    Since Mr. Hong joined the JoongAng Group in 2005, he has developed overall corporate strategies for the group. In 2009, he led the paper’s groundbreaking project to switch to the Berliner printing format, the first such innovative change in Asia. Under his leadership, JTBC has emerged as the most influential channel in Korea by offering news, documentaries, dramas and a variety of entertainment programs on five channels: JTBC, JTBC2, JTBC Fox Sports, JTBC4 and JTBC Golf.


    Mr. Hong expanded the group’s business fields to the entertainment and resort industry by merging and acquiring movie theater franchise, Megabox in 2011, and Phoenix Hotels and Resorts in 2016.


    Mr. Hong served as a member of the WAN-IFRA(World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers) Asia Pacific Committee and was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2010. Mr. Hong studied at Yonsei University in Seoul before earning his BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and his MBA from Stanford University.

Board of Directors Emeriti

  • Lee Hong-Koo

    • Former Chairman of Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (2004 - 2013)
    • Chairman of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs
    • Former Prime Minister
    • Former Ambassador to the United States

    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.

  • Han Sung-Joo

    • Former Chairman of Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (2013 - 2019)
    • Chairman of The Asan Institute for Policy Studies
    • Professor Emeritus at Korea University
    • Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
    • Former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States

    Han Sung-Joo is 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).
    His English publications include Korean Diplomacy in an Era of Globalization (1995), Korea in a Changing World (1995), Changing Values in Asia (1999), and ON THE BRINK (A Korean Diplomat’s Journey for Peace) (2018). He has many publications in Korean, including Nam Gwa Puk, kurigo Sekye (The Two Koreas and the World) (2000).

  • Moon Kook-Hyun

    • Former Chairman of Friends of The Asia Foundation Korea (2013 - 2022)
    • CEO of New Paradigm Institute & CEO of Hansoll Textile Ltd.
    • Former National Assembly Member

    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.


    He 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.
    He 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).

Financial Reports of FOTAF

The financial reports of FOTAF (an independent entity of The Asia Foundation Korea) can be downloaded below.

Link to the website of Anti-Corruption&Civil Rights Commission

Past County Representatives

Representatives’ Names
Philip Rowe
1954 – 1955
Mary Walker
1955 – 1956
Lawrence G. Thompson
1957 – 1958
John E. James
1958 – 1960
William E. Eilers
1960 – 1963
David I. Steinberg
1963 – 1968
John A. Bannigan
1968 – 1971
Frank E. Dines
1971 – 1973
Lindley S. Sloan
1973 – 1976
Benjamin Kremenak
1976 – 1981
Christopher J. Sigur
1981 – 1984
Benjamin Kremenak
1984 – 1991
Tam B. Ormiston
1991 – 1994
David I. Steinberg
1994 – 1998
C. Kenneth Quinones
1998 – 1999
Scott Snyder
2000 – 2004
Edward Reed
2004 – 2011
Peter Beck
2012 – 2014
Dylan Davis
2015 – 2018
Kwang W. Kim
2018 – Present
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