Taeho BARK serves as the President of the Global Commerce Institute of Lee & Ko, a leading global law firm based in South Korea. He is also the Professor Emeritus (former professor and Dean) of the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Seoul National University.

Prior to these roles, he served as Minister for Trade of the Korean government (from December 2011 until March 2013). In Spring 2013, Dr. Bark was in the race for the Director-General position of the WTO as the Korean candidate. He also served as Chairman of the International Trade Commission of the Korean Government.

His previous academic posts include Sciences Po, Stanford University, and the University of Washington as a visiting professor. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the IMF and consulted for the World Bank and the ADB. He has authored several books and articles on international trade, foreign direct investment, and the Korean economy. He was also awarded “The Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes” by the Korean government.

Dr. Bark received his BA from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.