Soonman Kwon

Soonman Kwon

Organisation: Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Role: Chief of Health Sector Group


Professor Soonman Kwon is the Chief of Health Sector Group (Technical Advisor on Health) of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He is in charge of overall health sector operational support and knowledge work in ADB. Until recently, he was the Dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University, South Korea and held visiting positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, London School of Economics, the University of Toronto, and Peking University.

He is currently the Associate Editor of Health Policy (Elsevier). He was the editor of the Korean Journal of Public Health in 2007-09 and Korean Journal of Health Economics in 2014-15. He was the president of the Korean Association of Schools of Public Health in 2013-14 and the Korean Gerontological Society in 2015-16. He has been a member of advisory committees of WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, GAVI, WHO Kobe Centre, and Swiss National Research Council. As a short-term consultant of WHO, World Bank, GIZ, and ADB, he worked on the health system and financing in Algeria, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Uganda, and Vietnam.

He holds BA in business economics and MPH from Seoul National University and PhD in health economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.