With a calm demeanor and a steady hand, Dr. Sangkee Min weathered the worst
storms of the late 1990s, guiding Korea into financial stability during the 1997-1998 crisis
and the 2008 global recession – achievements which garnered him the Award for Lifetime
Service in the Financial Industry from Maekyung Financial Daily in 2011, as well as the
highest honor that the Korean government can bestow upon a citizen: the Order of Civil
Merit in 2016.
A man of both remarkable foresight and decisive action, Dr. Min’s work in both the
practical and academic fields helped Korea in its turnaround from financial meltdown. As a
member of the Public Funds Oversight Committee beginning 1997, and as a chairman from
2009-2011, Dr. Min’s watchful eye and prudent hand brought Korea back to safe waters
through the committee’s power of providing funds to financial institutions, the relief of
toxic assets, and the privatization of previously nationalized firms. The public funds
entrusted to the Committee amounted to US$ 150 Billion during the 1997 – 1998 financial
crisis and US$60 Billion during the 2008 global financial meltdown.
Dr Min’s research into international financial issues and their impact on Korea
continues even today. As Professor Emeritus at Seoul National University, Korea’s most
illustrious academic institution, Dr. Min not only looks at the larger scale of things, but also
conducts research into practicable programs of finance, enterprise development and
He is currently Chairman of the Seoul Investment Banking Forum and Chairman of
Seoul Financial Forum. As the National Chairman of All Cooperative Associations of Korea,
Dr. Min looks after the productivity, inclusive growth and welfare of all types of
cooperatives and their constituents, such as livestock farmer coops, vegetable farmers
coops, and credit cooperatives. He is not only adept at the corporate and macro finance
side, but likewise adept in the micro levels of development and entrepreneurship.
With all that he has done, and will continue to do, Dr. Sangkee Min can be said to
truly be a steward of his people.