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 New York City in 2002, he was an educator with Georgia State University (US) and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), insurance regulator with Monetary Authority of Singapore and industry specialist with the American Institute for CPCU/IIA (now, The Institutes).
Besides his full-time commitment as Endowed Chair Professor at St. John’s University, he assists the International Insurance Society (as Board Member and Research Director), the University’s Center for the Study of Insurance Regulation (Director) and Asia-Pacific Journal of Risk and Insurance (Editor-in-Chief). He visits overseas universities, including Hitotsubashi University, Waseda University and Meiji University (all three in Tokyo), National Chengchi University (Taipei) and Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu). He speaks frequently at meetings for intergovernmental agencies and industry leaders.
He has authored several books. Particularly, his co-authored (with Harold D. Skipper, Jr.), Kulp-Wright Award winning book – Risk Management and Insurance: Perspectives in a Global Economy by Wiley/Blackwell (New York, Boston & London) – has been used in 40 institutions in 15 countries. He actively publishes papers in academic and professional journals and presents key research findings at various conferences). He has received three times the Research Excellence Award of the International Insurance Society and The Geneva Association, a record for a single author.
He helped to establish the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association (APRIA) in 1997 and create 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 is working with the International Insurance Society for the establishment of Research Network, a new platform for research and resource collaboration among 30 research centers around the world.
He offers consulting and research services as well as custom-made symposia for C-suite and board members for institutions in the public and private sectors in the U.S. and abroad (including the OECD, the U.S. Congress, Singapore College of Insurance, the International Insurance Society and Networks Financial Institute).
He specializes in insurance market and country analysis, insurer financial and operation analysis, and insurance regulation.