Ph.D. (Risk Management & Insurance), Georgia State University
MBA (Risk Management & Insurance), The College of Insurance
Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
Faculty Chairperson, The School of Risk Management, St. John's University, New York
The Edwin A.G. Manton Endowed Chair Professor in
IIS Honors Committee, International Insurance Society
International Advisory Board, Singapore College of Insurance
External Consultant (Insurance), OECD
Fulbright Senior Specialist (Insurance)
Advisory Board, the Center for Insurance Culture Studies, SungKyunKwan University, Korea
Research Fellow, Insurance Institute of Waseda University, Japan
Senior Fellow, Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University
Academic Advisor, International Insurance Foundation
Editorial Board, The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance
Editorial Board, Journal of Insurance Studies (Korea)
Editorial Board, Korean Insurance Journal by the Korea Insurance Academic Society
Editorial Board, The Journal of Risk Management and Insurance (India)
External Examiner – Ph.D. Program, selected universities
Past President, Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA)
Organization Committee, World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress 2005 & 2010
Professor Kwon studied risk management and insurance at The College of Insurance (now the School of Risk Management of St. John’s University) (MBA) and Georgia State University (Ph.D.). He is also a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and is listed in the Fulbright Senior Specialist Pool. Prior to joining the School of Risk Management in 2002, he gained experience as an educator with Georgia State University and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), as an insurance regulator with Monetary Authority of Singapore and as an industry specialist with the American Institute for CPCU/IIA. In summer, he visits overseas universities, including, in the recent past, National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan) and Hitotsubashi University, Waseda University and Meiji University (all three in Tokyo, Japan). He currently represents the faculty of the School of Risk Management.
He helped to establish Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) in 1997. He played a key role in the creation of the World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress (WRIEC), a once-in-five year academic forum jointly organized by APRIA, ARIA, EGRIE and The Geneva Association. Professor Kwon organized its inaugural 2005 Salt Lake City meeting and the second 2010 Singapore meeting.
He has authored several books. The book co-authored with Harold D. Skipper, Risk Management and Insurance: Perspectives in a Global Economy (Wiley/Blackwell, Boston & London) won the 2009 Kulp-Wright Book Award and is being used by professors in about 15 countries. He also wrote “Risk Management and Insurance in Singapore” and monographs covering 17 Asian countries. He continues to publish papers in academic and professional journals, present research findings at various conferences, and offer services to several academic journals, including his editor service for the Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance. He offers consulting services and special lectures for institutions in the public and private sectors in the U.S. and abroad. He specializes in insurance market and country analysis, insurer financial and operation analysis, and insurance regulation.
Economic Rationale for Insurance Regulation, Chapter 2 in Patrick Liedtke and Jan Monkiewicz (eds.) The Fundamentals of Future Insurance Regulation and Supervision. A Global Perspective, April 2011: Palgrave MacMillan.
Risk Management, Insurance, and Retirement Planning, Singapore: Singapore College of Insurance (edited).
WTO and Insurance in Greater China: PR China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, Washington, D.C.: International Insurance Foundation, 2002.
The Insurance Markets of South Asia, Washington, D.C.: International Insurance Foundation, 2002.
Toward Free Trade in Services: the ASEAN Insurance Market, Washington, D.C.: International Insurance Foundation, 2001.
Risk Management and Insurance in Singapore, Singapore: Singapore College of Insurance, 2000.
Financial Planning Fundamentals, Singapore: Singapore College of Insurance, 2000.
Acquisition of New Life and Health Insurance Business, Singapore: Singapore College of Insurance, 1999.
Journal and Other Publication (Selected)
“An Analysis of Cost Efficiency and the Impact of Corporate Governance on Takaful Insurance Operations,” International Review of Financial Analysis (forthcoming, 2014).
“Human Capital Risk and Talent Management Issues in the Insurance Market: Public Policy, Industry and Collegiate Education Perspectives.” The Geneva Paper-Issues and Practice (forthcoming, June 2013 and January 2014).
“The Significance of Regulatory Orientation, Political Stability and Culture on Consumption and Price Adequacy in Insurance Markets,” Journal of Risk Finance (forthcoming, 2013).
“An Experimental Study on Adverse Selection and Moral Hazard,” Hitotsubashi Journal of Commerce and Management (2012).
“A Stocktaking and Comparative Assessment of Insurance Statistics in Selected Asian Countries,” an OECD Working Paper (forthcoming).
“Repositioning US Insurer Operations and Regulation in the Global Market: A Timeline-based Examination,” Networks Financial Institute at Washington, D.C. (to be available in March).
“History of Insurance, Market Development and Regulation in Seven Least Developed Countries in Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Nepal,” Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Journal, 5(1), 2011.
“An Analysis of Organizational, Market and Socio-cultural Factors Affecting the Supply of Insurance and Other Financial Services by Microfinance Institutions in Developing Economies,” The Geneva Paper-Issues and Practice, January 2010.
“Islamic Principles and Takaful Insurance: Re-evaluation,” Journal of Insurance Regulation, 26 (Fall 2007), 53-82.
“Uniformity and Efficiency in Insurance Regulation: Consolidation and Outsourcing of Regulatory Activities at the State Level” Fourth Annual Insurance Summit by Networks Financial Institute at Washington, D.C., (March 7, 2007).
“A Multi-line Insurance Fraud Recognition System: A Government-led Approach in Korea,” Risk Management & Insurance Review, (Fall 2006).
“Can Insurance Firms Easily Exit from the Market? A Global Comparative Analysis of Regulatory Structures,” The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice, (April 2005).
“An Integrated Master Insurance Program for Global Firms,” CPCU e-Journal, January 2004, pp. 1-18.
“Prerequisites for a Sound Insurance Market in India,” Insurance Chronicle, (December 2002).
“Free Trade in Services: Emerging Insurance Markets in Asia,” The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance – Issues and Practice, 27 (October 2002), pp. 638-668.
Services to Government and the Industry (Selected)
“The Train is Coming: How Will International Regulation Preempt U.S. Authority?” National Conference of Insurance Legislators’ (NCOIL) Annual Conference, November 17-20, 2011, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
“Measure of Risks and Insurance Data Issues,” OECD-Asia Regional Seminar: Enhancing Transparency and Monitoring of Insurance Markets, September 23-24, 2010, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Regulatory Development in Counter-cyclical Regulation and Systemic Risk,” Seventh Swiss Re Asia Forum, St. Regis, Singapore, July 22-23, 2010.
“Microinsurance: Operation and Regulation Issues,” 12th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, July 2008, Sydney, Australia.
“KORUS-FTA: Its Meaning and Implications,” International Insurance Foundation Annual Symposium, Washington, DC, October 12, 2007.
“Financial Integration and Regulation in a Global Economy,” Taiwan Financial Services Roundtable, Taipei, Taiwan, July 26, 2007.
“Insurer Efficiency and Its Link to Policyholders’ Surplus: A Case of Large U.S. Property-Liability Insurance Firms,” 10th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, July 2006, Tokyo, Japan.
“Choice of Exit Forms and Firm Characteristics: Evidence from the U.S. Property-Liability Insurance Market,” World Risk and Insurance Economics Congress, August 2005, Salt Lake City, US.
“Non-financial Factors Affecting Regulator Compliance in Asia,” International Insurance Solvency Standards and Financial Stability, a forum by the International Insurance Foundation and the Geneva Association, Washington, D.C., November 18, 2004.
“A Comparative Study of Market Exit Forms and Regulation in the Insurance Market,” 8th Conference of Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, July 2004, Seoul, Korea w 2004 Annual Meeting of American Risk and Insurance Association, August 2004, Chicago, USA.
“Integrated Master Program: A Matrix of Price-Service Effective Insurance Programs for Globally Operating Firms,” International Insurance Society Meeting, New York City, July 13~16, 2003 w 7th Conference of Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, Bangkok, Thailand, July 20-23, 2003.
“Free Trade in Services: Emerging Insurance Markets in Asia,” 6th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, Shanghai, China, July 21~24, 2002 w International Insurance Society Meeting, Singapore, July 14~17, 2002.
“Deregulation and Liberalization of the Insurance Market in Southeast Asia,” 5th Annual Conference of the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association, Bangalore, India, July 2001.