Dr. Kwon is a Professor and former dean of the School of Public Health, Seoul National University (SNU) in Korea, and holds visiting positions at the Harvard School of Public Health, London School of Economics, University of Toronto, Peking University, and University of Bremen. He is the founding director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Health System and Financing and was the Chief of the Health Sector Group in the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has been a member of advisory committees of WHO Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, GAVI, and WHO Centre for Health and Development. He is currently the president of the Korean Health Economic Association and has served the Korean Association of Schools of Public Health and the Korean Gerontological Society as a president. . He holds PhD in health economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1993) and taught at the University of Southern California School of Public Policy.