Board Members and Officers
Mr. Dong-Bin Shin, Chairman
Dong-Bin Shin is the Chairman of LOTTE Group. Prior to Joining Lotte Group in 1988, Mr. Shin spent six years as Executive Director at Nomura International LTD in London where he served in the institutional Research and Sales department. With his insight and interest in the Asian economy, he serves as Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Korean Industries, Vice-Chairman of the Korea-Japan Economic Association, Board Member of the Asia Business Council, and Co-Chairman of the Korea-Indonesia Partnership Council.
He also participates as a Global Trustee of Asia Society, and a member of the Board of Overseas Columbia University Business School.
Mr. Shin has also co-authored a Korean-language volume "Learning Retail Leads You to be CEO" introducing the innovation strategy of convenience stores.
His expertise and contribution to society were well recognized; he has been honored with the Order of Civil Merit of Moran Medal by the President of the Republic of Korea in 2005, Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland in 2006, Officier de la Légion d’Honneur by the President of France in 2007, the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen of the United Kingdom in 2014, the Order of Friendship by the President of Russia in 2015, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Isabel La Catolica in 2016.
He earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1981 after graduating from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan with a B.A. in economics.
Read more about Chairman Shin and LOTTE Corporation here.
Dr. Hong-Koo Lee, Honorary Chairman
Dr. Hong-Koo Lee, former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States, has a distinguished career in academia, government, and politics. From 1994 to 1995, he served as Prime Minister of Korea under President Kim Young Sam’s government. Until his posting in Washington in 1998, he served as Chairman of the then-ruling New Korea Party and a member of the Korean National Assembly. Prior to 1994, his government service included appointments as Minister of National Unification in 1988 and Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1911 to 1993.
Dr. Lee is a graduate of Emory University and received his Doctorate in Political Science from Yale University. He also studied at Seoul National University’s College of Law.
Before entering government service, Dr. Lee had a distinguished career in academia, as Professor of Political Science at Emory University in 1963, Case Western Reserve University from 1964 to 1967, Seoul National University from 1968 to 1988. He also served as President of the Korean Political Science Association from 1986 to 1988.
Dr. Lee was a member of the Commission on Global Governance which proposed a reform of the United Nations system in 1995. He was also Chairman of the World Cup Bidding Committee which successfully won the right to host the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea.
Dr. Lee is the Honorary Chairman of the Asia Society Korea in Seoul and Chairman of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs.
Read more about Chairman Lee and the Seoul Forum here.
Mr. Young Joon Kim, Board Member
Mr. Young Joon (Y.J.) Kim retired as a partner of the international law firm of Milbank LLP, where he spent his entire professional career, having served in the firm's offices in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul, with a particular focus on the energy, infrastructure, semiconductor, telecom and aviation sectors. A graduate of Yale College, B.A. (political science & economics), and Harvard Law School, J.D., Mr. Kim is a member of the New York State Bar, and was a 2019 Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow.
He is currently serving as: President, Harvard Club of Korea; President, Harvard Law School Association of Korea; Member, Board of Governors of Yale Alumni Association (YAA); Board Member, Human Rights Foundation of the Korean Bar Association; Board Member, GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation; and Board Member, Onyul Public Interest Law Foundation.
Ambassador Joon Oh, Board Member
Ambassador Oh Joon is a professor of United Nations studies at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. He is also the chair of Save the Children Korea and President of the Korea Council of Children's Organizations. Previously he was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations in New York from 2013 to 2016. During that time, he also served as the 71st president of the Economic and Social Council and as president of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2015 and 2016.
Before that, he was the Korean ambassador to Singapore (2010–13) and deputy minister for multilateral and global affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul (2008–10). The Korean government twice awarded him the Order of Service Merit, in 1996 and 2006. In 2018, Oh received a Global Korea Award from Michigan State University. Rehabilitation International gave him a Global Presidential Award in 2016 in acknowledgment of his achievements as president of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He also received the 2014 Youngsan Diplomat of the Year award for his work on North Korean human rights issues.
He published his first book in Korean, For Mica, Who Contemplates Life, in 2015. He received a master’s degree in international policy studies from Stanford University in 1991.
Mr. Mark Tetto, Board Member
Mr. Mark Tetto is Co-CEO of TCK, in charge of investor relations and investment strategies review. Mark brings 14 years of finance experience spanning investment banking, corporate M&A, private equity, and venture capital investing. Prior to TCK, Mark was at Samsung Electronics’ corporate M&A team, where he spent four years successfully acquiring companies and building the firm’s M&A practice. Previously, Mark was with Morgan Stanley, working in New York and London on M&A and corporate finance, raising funding for clients in excess of $1Bn.
Mark holds a BA in Chemistry from Princeton University, and an MBA from The Wharton School, with a concentration in Finance.
His previous experience includes four years working in Moscow as an Education Consultant and seven years as a Professor at Hanyang University. Matthew has a deep knowledge of the Korean education system and worked with the Korea Ministry of Education, Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation (KICE), and the National Institute for International Education (NIIED).