Founder & Honorary Chairman

Chung Mong Joon

Dr. M.J. Chung

Dr. M.J. CHUNG is the founder and honorary chairman of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.


He is also the chairman of the board of trustees of the Asan Foundation, the largest philanthropic organization in Korea, and the honorary chairman of Ulsan University. In 2011, he launched the Asan Nanum (˝sharing˝) Foundation which seeks to foster entrepreneurship among young Koreans.


Dr. Chung served seven terms in the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea. He was chairman of the Grand National Party (Ruling Party) from 2009-2010, and was a presidential candidate in 2002. He served as vice president of FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association), and as co-chairman of the Korean Organizing Committee for the 2002 Korea-Japan FIFA World Cup.


Dr. Chung received his B.A. in economics from Seoul National University, an M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and a Ph.D. in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University.



Hahm Chaibong

Dr. Hahm Chaibong

Dr. HAHM Chaibong is the president of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies.


Previously, he was a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, professor in the School of International Relations and the Department of Political Science as well as the director of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California, Director (D-1) of the Division of Social Sciences Research & Policy at UNESCO in Paris, and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Yonsei University.


Dr. Hahm is the author of numerous books and articles, including “China’s Future is South Korea’s Present,” Foreign Affairs, (Sep/Oct 2018), Hanguk Saram Mandeulgi (Becoming Korean), Vols. I, II, (Asan Academy, 2017), “Keeping Northeast Asia ‘Abnormal’: Origins of the Liberal International Order in Northeast Asia and the New Cold War,” Asan Forum (Sep., 2017), “South Korea’s Miraculous Democracy,” Journal of Democracy (Jul., 2008), “The Two South Koreas: A House Divided,” The Washington Quarterly (Jun., 2005), and Confucianism for the Modern World (co-edited with Daniel A. Bell, Cambridge University Press, 2003).


Board of Trustees

Bark Taeho

Professor, Seoul National University

Han Sung-Joo

Professor Emeritus, Korea University; Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Kim Dong-Sung

Professor Emeritus, Chung-Ang University

Kim Hyung-kook

Professor Emeritus, Seoul National University

Kim Sung-han

Professor, Korea University; Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Kim Yong Min

Professor, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Lee Chulwoo

Professor, Yonsei University

Lee Hong-Koo

Chairman, Seoul Forum for International Affairs; Former Prime Minister

Park Cheol-Hee

Professor, Seoul National University

Park Hyungji

Dean, Underwood International College; Professor, Yonsei University

Park Nohyoung

Professor, Korea University

Shin Myungsoon

Professor Emeritus, Yonsei University

Yon Kang-heum (Auditor)

Professor, Yonsei University

International Advisory Board

Edwin J. Feulner

Heritage Foundation

George Packard

United States-Japan Foundation

Guy Sorman


John Chipman

International Institute for Strategic Studies

Karl Kaiser

Harvard University

Michael Armacost

Asia Foundation

Michael J. Sandel

Harvard University

Paul Wolfowitz

U.S.-Taiwan Business Council; American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research

Victoria Curzon-Price

University of Geneva

Wang Jisi

Peking University

Yoriko Kawaguchi

General Assembly of Liberal Democratic Party Members in the House of Councillors