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 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 on Disaster Risk Reduction and Water, is the founding chair of the UN High-Level Experts Panel on Water and Disaster and is the co-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 Seoul Semiconductor Inc, and Doosan Infracore Co Ltd, and is a director on the Yonsei University Foundation Board of Trustees.
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 one being Beyond the Shadow of 9/11; A Year at the United Nations General Assembly (SAIS, Washington, DC, 2007).