Archived Brown Bag Lunch

10.Korea Office BBL - KPFIS Response to COVID-19: Learning From dBrain Resilience

"Using dBrain, the government’s Financial Management Information Systems (FMIS) platform, to ensure the continuity of public financial management operations and the delivery of public services during COVID-19 crisis"

BBL Date - June 16, 2020

Korea has received international recognition for its well-managed response to COVID-19, in particular with regards to the use of innovative and technology-enabled solutions. In this session, the Korea Public Finance Information Services (KPFIS) will present how it using dBrain, the government’s Financial Management Information Systems (FMIS) platform, to ensure the continuity of public financial management operations and the delivery of public services during COVID-19 crisis. 

This session is part of the WBG Korea Office’s Innovation and Technology webinar series and is jointly organized with Governance Global Practice and KPFIS. It is also part of the IFMIS Capacity Building Program (funded through the KDI School TF) initiated in 2019 with the participation of ten countries (Albania, Bhutan, Haiti, Hungary, Government of Assam, India, Kazakhstan, Lao PDR, North Macedonia, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe).

The session will address the following:

  • Which specific actions were taken by the KPFIS to ensure the effective use of dBrain while responding to the pandemic?
  • What are the lessons learned and what we can learn from other country experiences?

About the Presenters

JaeHoon Kim


Korea Public Finance Information Service (KPFIS)

Mr. JaeHoon Kim served as the Director of the Budget Office in the Ministry of Economy and Finance for two years since 2005. He was responsible for budget formation for the Ministry of Labor, the Ministry of Gender Equality and the Ministry of Patriots’ and Veterans’ Affairs, contributed to paving the way for the current childcare budget system. Appointed as a policy planning officer of the Ministry of Employment and Labor for two years from 2012, he was in charge of budget execution of the Ministry and accumulated his experience in the entire process of budget request and execution. In 2014, he worked as an advisor of the Special Committee on budget and account in the National Assembly for one year and analyzed the budget formation and execution performance of all ministries. He has been the President of the Korea Public Finance Information Service since 2018.

UkChae Jeong


Korea Public Finance Information Service (KPFIS)

Mr. UkChae Jeong has been working as an associate of the Korea Public Finance Information Service since 2018. He is in charge of the international cooperation of the KPFIS.

Cem Dener

Lead Governance Specialist and Chair of Digital Gov CoP

World Bank Group

Cem Dener is currently the Chair of Financial Management Information Systems Community of Practice (FMIS CoP) in the Governance Global Practice (GGP) of the World Bank. Dr. Dener made significant, original contributions to Public Financial Management (PFM) and e-Government reform programs in more than 40 countries over the past two decades by providing strategic advisory and hands-on support for building effective and transparent digital solutions. He led the establishment of the FMIS CoP in 2010 to exchange knowledge and experiences and disseminate good practices, and develop leading-edge knowledge products based on new datasets. He has extensive system design and application development experience gained in private and public sector projects, as well as in academic studies, prior to the World Bank. Dr. Dener was the Global Lead for Integrated Digital Solutions, serving as the focal point on digital governance within GGP (2015-2017). He represents the World Bank in regional and international events and forums to share experiences and trends in the transition to integrated FMIS platforms, and open source solutions in the public sector with key government officials and practitioners. He is the lead author of two World Bank Studies: “FMIS: 25 Years of World Bank Experience on What Works and What Doesn’t” (April 2011) and “FMIS and Open Budget Data: Do Governments Report on Where the Money Goes?” (Sep 2013). He received BSME from METU, Ankara, Turkey, MSc from Cranfield Institute of Technology, Bedford, U.K., and Ph.D. from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.

Hoon Sahib Soh

Special Representative/Country Manager

World Bank Group Korea office

Mr. Hoon Sahib Soh’s priorities are to oversee the expansion of the Korea office and strengthen the partnership between WBG and Korean public and private stakeholders, to leverage and disseminate Korea’s development experience. The office expansion has resulted in a work program covering energy, environment, urban development, fragile and conflict states, financial sector, and knowledge management. Prior to the Korea office, Mr. Soh was at the World Bank’s Beijing office, as the Program Leader responsible for supervising the economic policy-related work on China and Mongolia. He covered the World Bank’s programs in macroeconomic policies, private sector development, innovation and technology policies, financial sector, governance and institutions, and poverty reduction. His responsibilities included providing technical and operational support to World Bank teams and conducting major economic policy dialogue with the authorities. He led two major reports, the China Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD), which analyzed China’s challenges in attaining sustainable growth and shared prosperity; and Innovative China: New Drivers of Growth flagship report, a joint report with the government focused on identifying the key drivers of China’s transition to productivity and innovation-led growth. The flagship report is expected to be published by the end of 2018. Before moving to the Beijing office, Mr. Soh was based in the Washington DC headquarters of the World Bank.  He worked in Latin America, Africa, and East Asia and the Pacific regional departments and also the corporate policy department of the World Bank. In the regional departments, he worked as the country economist of several countries, and lastly as the adviser to the Vice President of East Asia and Pacific.  In the corporate policy department, he was responsible for policy issues concerning development policy loans and country strategies. Mr. Soh joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional after receiving a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University in 1996.

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