Dr Han Seung-Soo, KBE

Independent Non-Executive Director | Joined January 2010


Dr Han joined the Board in January 2010.


Dr Han is a distinguished economist and has a strong geopolitical background, with valuable knowledge of Asia and its economies.


Dr Han is a former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. He 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 from 2008 to 2009. He also served as Korean ambassador to the US, chief of staff to the president, president of the 56th Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, special envoy of the UN Secretary-General on Climate Change and chairman of the 2009 Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Ministerial Council Meeting.

External appointments

Dr Han sits on a number of advisory boards and is currently the UN Secretary General’s special envoy 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 and co-chair of the International Finance Forum of China. Dr Han is non-executive director at Doosan Infracore Co Ltd and Senior Advisor with the Kim & Chang law firm in Korea.

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