David Lee


David S. Lee is Associate Professor at Hong Kong University (HKU) Business School and an award-winning instructor, author, and corporate advisor in the areas of fintech, the intersection of geopolitics and business, technology risk, ethics, law, and corporate governance. Mr. Lee teaches in several programs for executive education, MBA, and other postgraduate degrees, including the IMBA with Fudan University, China, and the Executive MBA-Global Asia at Columbia Business School and London Business School. He develops business case studies and teaching materials in corporate governance, geopolitical risk, decision-making, ethics, fintech, and leadership. 

Mr. Lee is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Network of Korean-American Leaders Fellow, an Asian Institute of International Financial Law Fellow at the University of Hong Kong, a former POSCO Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center, and a former Young Leader and James A. Kelly Fellow at the Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), where he is currently an Adjunct Fellow. A recipient of multiple teaching excellence and innovation awards, he is the first business academic to receive a University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award, the highest university teaching honor in Hong Kong. Mr. Lee has been published or featured in Harvard Business Review, Handelsblatt, Nikkei Asia, The Korea Times, South China Morning Post, Arirang TV, TRT World, and NK News.

Mr. Lee regularly advises and trains companies, including Fortune 500, 100, and 5 companies, government bodies, board members, and corporate executives on leadership challenges. He works with entrepreneurs, particularly in fintech, advising on strategic and transactional matters from receiving seed funding as a new start-up to exiting via acquisition or public listing. Prior to joining HKU, Mr. Lee worked in investment management. He started his career at Goldman Sachs and also has experience as a lawyer and in management consulting.

Mr. Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in international politics and Asian studies from Brigham Young University, a master of arts degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard University, a master’s of science degree (with merit) in organizational and social psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a JD from UCLA School of Law, and a postgraduate certificate in philosophy from Cambridge University, UK. He is a lawyer and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He can be reached at dslee@hku.hk.