Dr Han Seung-soo, KBE
Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Han Seung-soo, KBE, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea, was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Standard Chartered PLC in January 2010.
Dr. Han has a distinguished political, diplomatic and administrative career serving as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Foreign Affairs, and Industry and Trade before serving as Prime Minister in 2008 and 2009. He also served as Korean Ambassador to the United States, Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic of Korea, President of the 56th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change and Chairman of the 2009 OECD Ministerial Council Meeting in Paris. He is currently Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, special advisor to the High Level Panel on Water co-convened by the UN and World Bank, chair of the High-Level Experts/Leaders Panel on Water and Disaster, chair of the Water Advisory Group at the Asian Development Bank. He is also co-chair of the International Finance Forum (China). Dr Han is a Non-Executive Director at Doosan Infracore Co Ltd and senior advisor with the Kim & Chang law firm in Korea.
Educated at Yonsei University (BA), Seoul National University (MPA) and the University of York, England (Ph.D.1968/D.Univ.1997), and before his election to the National Assembly in 1988, he had a distinguished academic career as professor of economics at Seoul National University (1970-88), and taught and/or did research on economics at the Universities of York (1965-68), Cambridge (Emmanuel; 1968-70), Harvard (1985-86) and Tokyo (1986-87). He has many publications both in Korean and English, the most recent ones being Here for Global Good: Collected Speeches of Han Seung-soo (YBM, Seoul, 2015), and Beyond the Shadow of 9/11; A Year at the United Nations General Assembly (SAIS, Washington, DC, 2007).
Dr. Han received, among many foreign and domestic prizes and decorations, the 6th European Communities Prize (1971) for his doctoral thesis on European integration, the Nobel Peace Prize (2001) on behalf of the United Nations and an Honorary Knighthood (KBE) by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 2004.