Jong-Wha Lee

Head of Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI) and Acting Chief Economist. at Asian Development Bank

Jong-Wha Lee is the Head of the Asian Development Bank’s Office of Regional Economic Integration (OREI). He is also the Acting Chief Economist. Mr. Lee has over 20 years of professional experience as an economist and an academic. He worked as Economist at the International Monetary Fund and taught at Harvard University as a Visiting Professor. He had served as a Consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Inter-American Development, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations Development Programme, and the World Bank. He also served as a member of the National Economic Advisory Council in the Republic of Korea. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Lee was the Director of the International Center for Korean Studies and a Professor of Economics at Korea University. He has published numerous books and reviewed journal articles in English and Korean, especially on topics relating to human capital, growth, financial crisis, and economic integration. Mr. Lee, a national of the Republic of Korea, obtained his Ph.D. and Master’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, and his Master’s and Bachelor degrees in Economics from Korea University in Seoul.