이주호 교수는 2010-2013년 한국 교육과학기술부 장관으로 있었다. 2009년 교육과학기술부 제1차관직을 맡기 전 그는 대통령실 교유과학학문화수석비서관으로 있었다. 2004-2008년 국회의원으로 있었을 당시 그는 교육개혁을 위한 노력과 활발한 입법활동으로 각광받았다. 그의 정책 기업가 정신은 KDI 연구위원 및 KDI 국제정책대학원 교수로 있었을 당시부터 시작되었다. 그는 서울대학교에서 학사학위와 석사학위를 취득하였으며, 코넬대학교 대학원에서 경제학 박사학위를 수여 받았다. 고위 공무원직 경험을 활용하여 그는 인적자원과 개발정책에 대한 연구를 재개하였다.
Professor Ju-Ho Lee served as Minister of Education, Science, and Technology of the Republic of South Korea (2010-2013). Before joining the ministry as Vice Minister in 2009, he was Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science, and Culture. He has been noted for his education reform endeavors and active lawmaking as a member of the National Assembly (2004-2008). His policy entrepreneurship began when he worked as a research fellow in Korea Development Institute (KDI) and as a professor of KDI Public Policy and Management. He had written many articles and several books including “Private Tutoring and Demand for Education in South Korea” (2010) and Positive Changes: The Education, Science & Technology Policies of Korea (2012). He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1990. After his 9-year service in the Korean parliament and government, he returned to academia in 2013 as a professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. Utilizing his experience as a high-rank public servant, he actively resumed his research on human capital and innovation policies. He is also working for the international community as a Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunities. His recent research has covered a wide range of issues, such as the measurement of 21st century skills, changes in pedagogies, opening-up strategies in education reforms, and innovation ecosystems.