A senior Korean economist, Dr. Soogil Young has been serving as Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Green Growth which he co-chairs with the Prime Minister since July 2010. He is also the founding Chairman of the Green Investment Korea Forum (GFIK). Dr. Young worked at four major governmental think tank on economic policies during 1978~1998, including at the Korea Development Institute (KDI) as a senior fellow, and at the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) as President at each. During 1998-2000, he served as Korea’s Ambassador to the OECD, concurrently serving as Chairman of the Advisory Council on the Development Centre. After working at Kim & Chang, Korea’s law firm, as a senior advisor for three years subsequently, Dr. Young worked at the National Strategy Institute (NSI), an independent think tank on economic reforms, as President till April 2011.
Since the early 1980s, he served on numerous governmental advisory committees, including on four Presidential commissions/committees. In 1994, he was awarded the National Decoration of Tongbaik Order for having coordinated the covert operation to prepare the Presidential Emergency Decree for Real-Name Financial Transactions, an epochal financial reform introduced in August 1993. During 2006~2009, he served as Chairman of the Korea National Committee on Pacific Economic Cooperation (KOPEC). He has written extensively on Korea’s development and international challenges.
Dr. Young graduated from Seoul National University in Korea with a B.Sc. in chemical engineering and the Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. with a Ph.D. in economics.