San Francisco, May 9, 2007 — The Asia Foundation, the premier non-profit organization devoted to Asia’s development since 1954, announced today that Dr. Sung-Jun Kang has joined the Foundation as a visiting researcher through the Korean Government’s Overseas Research Fellowship Program. As a senior government official, Dr. Kang will be based at the Foundation’s San Francisco headquarters for 18 months to explore possible Foundation cooperation with the Government of Korea in the latter’s development assistance efforts and to conduct comparative research on public finance and fiscal cooperation in the Asia region.
Dr. Kang has served in the Korean government for 15 years and worked at the Ministry of Planning and Budget (MPB) since 1999. He is Director of Organizational Performance and Management and was formerly Senior Deputy Director of Government Reform at MPB. Additionally, he served as Director of International Cooperation and Education at the Ministry, responsible for research on budgeting and fiscal reform in OECD member countries, and as Director of Policy Management for the Korean Presidential Committee on Balanced National Development, where he was in charge of formulating policies and developing improvement measures for local financial management.
Dr. Kang received his B.A. and M.A. from Seoul National University and earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His thesis on inflation forecasting with profit and regression models was published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics.