Former Minister for Trade of Korea, Professor at the GSIS of Seoul National University
Taeho Bark is Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of Seoul National University and the Ambassador-at-Large for International Economy and Trade. During December 2011 – March 2013, Professor Bark had taken a leave of absence to serve Minister for Trade of the Korean government. Recently, Dr. Bark was in the race for the Director-General position of the WTO as the Korean candidate. He also served as the Chairman of the Korea International Trade Commission. Prior to coming to Seoul National University, Professor Bark taught at Georgetown University, worked as a senior research fellow of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) and served as the Vice President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He also worked on the international commerce issues as a senior economist in the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea. During 2000-2002, Dr. Bark served as Chair of the Investment Expert Group (IEG) of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). He taught at the Jackson School of International Studies at University of Washington and at the Asia- Pacific Research Center (APARC) of Stanford University as a visiting professor. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the IMF and consulted for the World Bank. He has written a few books and many articles on international trade, foreign direct investment and the Korean economy. Professor Bark received his BA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.