His research interests draw on his nine-year experience as a high-level public servant in the Korean government and National Assembly, including researching human capital and innovation policies, such as changes in the education workforce; innovation in education; innovation ecosystems; and government reforms. He currently serves as a commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunities and as chair of the Education Workforce Initiative.
Professor Lee served as Minister of Education, Science and Technology in South Korea (2010-2013). He also worked as Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science and Culture. As a member of the National Assembly (2004-2008), he was noted for his education reform endeavors and active lawmaking.
His publications include Human Capital and Development: Lessons and Insights from Korea’s Transformation (2018) and Positive Changes: the Education, Science & Technology Policies of Korea (2012).
Professor Lee holds BA and MA degrees from Seoul National University and a PhD in Economics from Cornell University.