Dr. Won-Dong Cho, former Senior Economic Secretary to the President of South Korea, addressed AUPP students and faculty last week. The topic of his discussion was “The Rise and Fall of Korean Corporations”.

Dr. Cho began by comparing and contrasting the development of the Korean economy to that of Taiwan. He went on to discuss various theories explaining the rapid economic growth in Korea and the factors that led to the rise and fall of some of the nation’s largest corporations. Having played a significant role in the development of Korean economic policy, Dr. Cho was able to provide valuable insight into the government’s strategy throughout this process.

Dr. Cho served as a career diplomat for most of his professional life. His appointments include Senior Economic Secretary to President Park Geun-hye, Secretary General to the Prime Minister, and numerous positions in the Ministry of Finance and Economy.

In addition to his work in the public sector, Dr. Cho has also worked for the International Monetary Fund and the Korea Institute of Public Finance.

Dr. Cho completed his undergraduate studies at the Seoul National University and received a Ph.D. in Economics from Oxford University. He is currently a professor at Chung-Ang University.

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