Lee Eui-kyung

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Lee Eui-kyung
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Minister of Food and Drug Safety
Assumed office
9 March 2019
PresidentMoon Jae-in
Prime MinisterLee Nak-yeon
Preceded byRyu Young-jin
Personal details
Born (1962-12-14) 14 December 1962 (age 57)
Seoul, South Korea
Political partyindependent
Alma materSeoul National University
University of Iowa

Lee Eui-kyung (Korean: 이의경; Hanja: 李儀卿; born 14 December 1962) is a former pharmacy professor currently serving as the Minister of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea since her appointment by President Moon Jae-in in March 2019. She is the fifth person and second woman to lead the Ministry.

Lee is widely regarded as the first generation social pharmacology expert of South Korea. She developed career in pharmacy at universities and government-funded research institutions.[1] From 1999 she has served as a member of Central Advisory Committee on Pharmaceutical Affairs. After working as a research director at Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs for over fifteen years, Lee taught at Graduate School of Clinical Pharmacy at Sookmyung Women's University from 2006 to 2012 during which she served as a vice-chair of Korean Association of Health Technology Assessment, president and Korean Academy of Social and Managed Care Pharmacy. From 2010 she is leading Korea Regional Chapter of International Society For Pharmacoeconomics Outcomes Research. She continued teaching at School of Pharmacy at Sungkyunkwan University as an associate professor from 2012 and professor from 2015. In 2013 she was elected as the third president of Korean Association of Health Technology Assessment.

In an interview, Lee revealed that she had never met President Moon in person and has no knowledge of who recommended her appointment.[2]

Lee holds three degrees in pharmacy: Bachelor and Master's from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from University of Iowa.[3]


  1. ^ "Prof. Eui-Kyung LEE appointed as the new minister of Ministry of Food and Drug Safety".
  2. ^ "신임 식약처장 "술·골프 못해 걱정···文대통령 본적도 없어"" [Newly appointed Minister Lee...never met Pres Moon before] (in Korean).
  3. ^ "Former Ministers".