Hwa-Jin Kim (Chair)

Hwa-Jin Kim, Forum’s founding chair, is a professor of law at Seoul National University School of Law. He is an L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law at Michigan Law School and taught at NYU Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Stanford Law School. He is published in the Journal of Corporation Law, Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Columbia Business Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, and elsewhere.

Professor Kim advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He was a public director of the Korean Financial Investment Association, a member of the Korea National Pension Service Proxy Advisory Committee, and the outside director of Hyundai Robotics Company.

Professor Kim is the outside director and chair of the ESG committee of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, the world's largest shipbuilder, an outside director of Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund Corporation, the largest mutual fund in Korea, and chair of the Korea Corporate Governance Service Proxy Advisory Committee. He has also advised and spoken before the CEOs and board of directors of Samsung Group, Hyundai Motor Group, and SK Group companies.

Professor Kim received his BS in math from SNU; Dr Jur, magna cum laude, from the University of Munich, where he was an Adenauer Scholar; and his LLM from Harvard Law School. He won the Book Prize from the Korean National Academy of Sciences in 2005, 2010, and 2015. His recent books in Korean include Mergers and Acquisitions: History and Strategy (2019), Corporate Governance of Large Family Firms (2020), and The ESG-Oriented Board of Directors (2021).