Day-1 Welcome Remarks

Dr. Ossama Hassanein
Chairman & Founder, Silicon Valley Business Forum/Rising Tide Fund

Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Over the last 40 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Executive Vice President of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes including Adaptec; Atmel; Cirrus Logic; Linear Technologies; LSI Logic; PMC-Sierra; and Oracle. Combined market value today exceeds $250 billion.

In the last 25 years, he was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the U.S., UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), HighWave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (VoIP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (acquired by eBay). He served as Director of Bank of the West in San Francisco and of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund in Dubai. He is a charter member of the C100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hassanein is co-founder of SVBF. He was a President Cabinet member at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he also served on the Dean of Applied Sciences Board of Advisors. He is the Chairman of the UBC Silicon Valley advisory board for the Personalized Medicine Initiative.

He has served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine. He served for six years as Chairman of TechWadi, focusing on mentoring, financing and business acceleration of leading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) entrepreneurs. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International, a non-profit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East. He was vice-chairman of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing One Netbook per Child for up to 130,000 Palestinian and Syrian children in need of education.

Dr. Hassanein was the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC (American University in Cairo) School of Business, where he is also member of the Board of Advisors. He is an Advisory Board member on UC Berkeley AMENA mentorship program. He lectured on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He was also guest speaker on entrepreneurship in diverse venues including the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.

Maha Achour
CEO & Founder, Metawave

Board Member, Forbes 50 Vision

Maha is a senior leader with more than 25 years’ experience in both public, defense, and startup companies in semiconductor and wireless RF and optical communication and sensing systems. She was recently recognized in Forbes 50 Vision list for founding Metawave. Maha is also Glass Dyenamics Chairwoman of the board. Her strong technology background combined with leadership, business and marketing skills. Previously, Maha served as co-founder and CTO of Rayspan, Dir of Adv Technology at SDRC (Boeing), and Dir of Adv Technology of Optical access where she pioneered the first broadcast HDTV system over satellite, mm-wave/Free-Space Optical systems for last mile connectivity, and led various DARPA projects in wireless MIMO and Optical devices. She holds a doctorate degree in Physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), authored over 35 publications, and holds more than 75 granted patents and over 150 pending applications.

Young-Kwon Kang
CEO, Edison Motors

2017.09.~ Present Joint CEO of EDISONTECH

(Joint CEO JM Park developed SMART BMS and battery pack.)

2017.01.~ Present CEOs of EDISONMOTORS (EV), iEDISON(automobile import/export, sales & sharing biz), Siberia Resource Development (obtained Baykal lake mineral water permit), SOLAR ENERGY (ESS&CPV solar energy), HankyungTEC (rare earth material)

1998.01.~ Present CEO and majority shareholder ofENERGY SOLUTIONS(ex-CAA, Creative Artist Association)

2003.10.~ 2018. Majority shareholder of EST and ES Cheongwon(new renewable energy, industrial/medical waste treatment)

1996.01.~1998.01. SBS PD/Current Affairs Dept., Deputy Director/Outsourcing & Planning manager, Directed ‘happiness search’, ‘unanswered questions’, etc.

1985.04.~1991.05. KBS PD/Planning & Production Dept. Directed ‘Entertainment Relay’, ‘Viva Youth’, ‘Huddles bigger than huddles’, etc.

MA, Graduate School of Journalism & Mass Communication, YonseiUniv. (1994)

BA, Dept. of Sociology, YonseiUniv. (1985)

Directed the SBS TV program “Unanswered questions” with the idea that ‘the topics in most public interest would attract more audience’, which recorded 2 times’ higher viewer than average

Won SBS best picture award in July, 1994 with “Unanswered questions – Disappeared, missing wife” (Achieved highest viewers at 43.8%. The weekly highest viewer was then around 27% across all 3 broadcasting companies.). Planned on a start-up, being confident that the viewer attracting know-how being connected to a business would bring success

Wrestling btw SBS PD and my own biz, resigned SBS in June, 1997 to establish CAA, dreaming Michael Ovitz type of business, as it was my one and only dream. Managed ES Chengwon (EBITA MARGIN 50% company) which took over industrial waste incineration and landfill biz in 2005 and medical waste treatment biz later.

‘Wanted to contribute to struggling Korean economy with an EV company that exceeds Tesla’ and decided to take over the electric vehicle manufacturer, which was previously run by H company and sold to a Chinese firm, being affected by Tony Seba’s “Energy Revolution 2030” and a Korean futurologist Yoon Sik Choi’s “Bold future 2030”.

Developed the 3rd generation Smart BMS and battery pack, 130kW 160kW MSO Coil MOTOR jointly with KITECH, world best class low-floor electric bus, electric truck, etc. to enhance Edison’s competitiveness, based on PD experience and capability

Patented future-oriented sedan and SUV design that will lead autonomous vehicle era

Awarded ‘2020 top Korean brand’, ‘Korean future leader’, ‘2019 good workplace’, ‘2018 Korean top leaders‘, ‘Korean industry prize’, ‘Korean EV industry prize’, ‘2017 Innovative Korean & power Korea’, ‘1996 SBS best film’ (SBS anniversary special 4-episode ‘Korean and Japanese’), etc.

Eugene Yun
President, EOS

Eugene Yun (윤여진) is CEO and Managing Partner of Eos Investment Partners, an investment firm based in Seoul, Korea, which he founded in 2008. Eugene has over 25 years of experience in international finance. His workplace is global. An extensive network of friends, colleagues and partners in key business centers around the world allows his company Eos to undertake complex and intricate cross-border financial deals and investment projects.

Eugene began his professional career as an assistant professor of economics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In 1990, he relocated to Korea to serve as the senior economist and editorial writer for Maeil Kyungje Shinmoon, the nation’s premier financial journal. In 1994, Eugene began work in international finance first as Asia regional economist and Korea research head for Schroder Securities. Subsequently, he took up the post of CEO and country head of Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, the investment banking arm of Deutsche Bank group.

Upon the outbreak of the Asian financial crisis of 1997/8 Eugene formed a joint venture with George Soros to focus on private equity opportunities. Except for a period between 2001 to 2007, (when he returned to academia to teach at Ewha University) Eugene has been working in the private equity space as investor, project developer, entrepreneur, consultant and advisor.

Eugene has a special interest in impact investment. He believes investments should try to do more than simply produce financial returns. In this spirit in 2013, Eos formed the Korea GCC Economic Cooperation Fund, a program designed to create synergies by taking capital, business knowhow, technology and product from Korea and connecting these elements with economic growth, industrialization, local capital and market knowledge in the Gulf region.

Eugene received his elementary education in Nigeria (Emotan School) and Ethiopia (Good Shepherd School) and secondary education in England (Haberdashers’ Aske’s School). He studied undergraduate economics at Yonsei University in Korea. His PhD in economics is from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Ali Izadi
APAC Research Head , BloombergNEF

Based in Seoul, Ali Izadi manages BloombergNEF’s research teams across Asia Pacific (Beijing, Hong Kong, New Delhi, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo), focusing on the transition of the region’s economies to a cleaner more competitive future. The teams’ reports and tools help clients identify opportunities and risks associated with this transition. Prior to his current role, Ali managed BloombergNEF’s Intelligent Mobility team as well as Japan and Korea Research team. Prior to joining BloombergNEF in 2010, Ali had worked at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, as well as fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems.

Ali has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Materials Science from Meijo University

Dan (WC) Choi
Professor, Kookmin University

Woongchul Choi is a Professor of Automotive Engineering at Kookmin University. He received his Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering) from Seoul National University in 1987 and earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. degree both from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio in 1989 and 1995 respectively. He started his professional career as a founding member of a small high tech venture company specializing in the development of stereoscopic image based flow field measurement system and successfully carried out many research projects with major automotive OEMs. His research interest includes vision based 3-D velocimetry, modeling of advanced vehicles for energy analysis, system integration of advanced vehicles for proof-of-concept, thermal management of energy storage systems, bidirectional interaction between vehicles and electric power grid, strategic placement and operation of charging infra-structure and eco-friendly smart city energy analysis. He has been heavily involved in the development of undergraduate and graduate curricula (BK21+, CK II) through government projects as a department chair. Also, he has carried out various government sponsored and private sector (Samsung Electronics, Samsung Electro-Mechanics, Hyundai Motors, SK) sponsored projects including the development of battery swappable electric bus as a public transportation system, battery pack thermal management system, strategy development of charging infrastructure and more.

Recently, he is actively monitoring the charging behavior of electric vehicle owners in Jeju island, Korea to establish the strategy for smart placement of heavily loaded charging infrastructure called EV Charging Theme Park. Last but not least, a preliminary research for Lidar sensor to utilize ~1.5 micrometer wave length laser source is on its way.

Seo(SK) Kim
Business Development Professional-Smart City Business, LG CNS

  • A member of Evaluation Committee for Smart City Project, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Korea)
  • A member of Advisory for Smart Factory, Korea Management Association Consultants Inc (Korea)
  • A member of Planning Committee, International Electric Vehicle Expo (Korea)
  • (Ex) CEO, House of Rainmakers
  • (Ex) Senior Officer of Innovation Centre of Denmark in Korea, Embassy of Denmark (Korea)
  • (Ex) Regional Head for ICT Sector in Korea & Japan, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark)
  • (Ex) Advisor for EUREKA EurostarsProgrammeon Danish side, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Denmark)
  • (Ex) Advisor for Business Development, UNIwise(Denmark)
  • (Ex) External Director for Business Development in Asia, Audiowise(Denmark)

– Host & Co-producer for series about Global Smart City, Arirang Prime, Arirang TV (Korea)

– A member of Jury for Born Global Programme, Ministry of SMEs and Startups (Korea)

– Mentor for ‘Global Start-up Accelerating Programmeto Denmark & UK, Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development (Korea)

– Special Judge for Final Round, Hi Tech Startup 2017, National IT Industry Promotion Agency (Korea)

– Mentor, Start-up Bootcamp, Rainmaking Loft (Denmark)

Day-2 Welcome Remarks

Dr. Ossama Hassanein
Chairman & Founder, Silicon Valley Business Forum/Rising Tide Fund

Ossama Hassanein is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Over the last 40 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds in diverse leadership roles including Executive Vice President of Berkeley International in San Francisco, Chairman of Technocom Ventures in Paris, President of Newbridge Networks Holding in Canada, Senior Managing Director of Newbury Ventures, and Chairman of the Rising Tide Fund in Silicon Valley. In the eighties, he led the mezzanine financing of 80+ Silicon Valley based IT companies that became spectacular successes including Adaptec; Atmel; Cirrus Logic; Linear Technologies; LSI Logic; PMC-Sierra; and Oracle. Combined market value today exceeds $250 billion.

In the last 25 years, he was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the U.S., UK, France and Switzerland including ACC in Santa Barbara (routers, acquired by Ericsson), Algety in Lannion (soliton transmission, acquired by Corvis), HighDeal in Caen (rating engines, acquired by SAP), HighWave in Bretagne (fiber optic amplifiers, Listed on Euronext), NetCentrex in Paris (VoIP, acquired by Comverse), nCipher in Cambridge (encryption, listed on LSE), and Zong in Menlo Park (acquired by eBay). He served as Director of Bank of the West in San Francisco and of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund in Dubai. He is a charter member of the C100, a Silicon-Valley based association dedicated to mentoring and angel financing Canadian entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hassanein is co-founder of SVBF. He was a President Cabinet member at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he also served on the Dean of Applied Sciences Board of Advisors. He is the Chairman of the UBC Silicon Valley advisory board for the Personalized Medicine Initiative.

He has served on the Board of Advisors of Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies and of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine. He served for six years as Chairman of TechWadi, focusing on mentoring, financing and business acceleration of leading Middle East and North Africa (MENA) entrepreneurs. He also served on the Board of Directors of Relief International, a non-profit, focusing his efforts on social entrepreneurship and women development in the Middle East. He was vice-chairman of the Board of PSD, an NGO focused on providing One Netbook per Child for up to 130,000 Palestinian and Syrian children in need of education.

Dr. Hassanein was the Willard Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at AUC (American University in Cairo) School of Business, where he is also member of the Board of Advisors. He is an Advisory Board member on UC Berkeley AMENA mentorship program. He lectured on Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University and the University of San Diego, and on international business at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Clara University. He was also guest speaker on entrepreneurship in diverse venues including the White House, the State Department, the Commonwealth Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Qatar Computer Research Institute.

Jung Hwa Han
Chairman, The Asan Nanum Foundation

Dr. Jung-wha Han is chairman of Asan Nanum Foundation, established by Hyundai Group for promotion of entrepreneurship, startups, and social innovation in Korean society. Also, he also serves as chairman of KCERN, research and consulting institute of innovation policy. From March 2013 to January 2016, he worked as administrator of Small and Medium Business Administration of Korean government (now Ministry of SMEs and Startups) and implemented a number of policies for development of SMEs and promotion of startups in Korea. He worked as professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the school of business of the Hanyang University Korea for the past 30 years and now in position of emeritus professor of the same school.

Saeed Amidi
CEO & Founder, PLUG AND PLAY

A serial entrepreneur and a seasoned executive with over 28 years of experience in founding, operating, and growing successful companies. He has successfully started and grown businesses both nationally, as well as internationally, in countries like: Spain, Germany, France, and Austria.

Saeed also holds the position of General Partner in Amidzad. The fund has been investing in technology companies for over 15 years and holds successful investments in over 1,000 technology companies, some of which are: PayPal, Powerset, Danger, Bix, Powerset, DropBox, Lending Club, Zoosk, etc.

Saeed’s current passion is inspiring and helping entrepreneurs and startups out of universities. His objective is to identify great entrepreneurs with a passion to execute on their ideas.

Saeed is an active member of the technology community and a frequent contributor to numerous charitable foundations. He is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a world-class network of Fortune 500 CEOs, accomplished serial entrepreneurs, and veteran financial executives.

JOJO Flores
Co-Founder, PLUG AND PLAY

Jojo is Co-Founder at Plug and Play Tech Center, a Silicon Valley based technology startup accelerator, which he started in January 2006.  Plug and Play accelerates over 2,000 tech startups yearly from all around the world in 35 global offices, which access a network of over angel investors, venture capital firms, and over 520 large corporations.  Since inception, Plug and Play startups have been able to raise in excess of $9 billion in funding.  Plug and Play Ventures have over 1000 companies in its portfolio, with 18 unicorns including PayPal, Dropbox, Lending Club, N26, Soundhound, Honey, Guardant Health, among others.

In the Philippines, Jojo is Co-Founder of Launchgarage, which started operations in March 2016.  Patterned after Plug and Play, Launchgarage is an accelerator and investor in tech startups in the Philippines and the ASEAN region.  Jojo currently advises startups in the country, including PearlPay, Tangere, Taxumo, Magpie, Mober, Galileo, among others.

In addition, Jojo serves as a Board Member and Vice-President in the Science and Technology Advisory Council to the Philippine government and leading universities, helping them bridge technology entrepreneurs to Silicon Valley.  He is also a Board of Trustee at De La Salle Lipa.  As well, a board member at Animo Labs-ICAST of De La Salle University.

Jojo completed his BS Business Administration studies in 1989 at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Dariush Zahedi
Founding Director, UC Berkeley AMENA

Dr. Dariush Zahedi is the Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Development in AMENA at the University of California, Berkeley. The center is devoted to the promotion of upskilling, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

Since 2001, Dr. Zahedi has taught a diverse array of courses at UC Berkeley’s Departments of Political Science, Political Economy, and Peace and Conflict Studies as well as the Law and Business Schools at UC Berkeley. Dr. Zahedi has also taught for Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science’s Discovery Courses Program. Teaching in the program is by invitation only, with invitations issued solely to instructors whose teaching record is stellar.

Dr. Zahedi has published three books on political economy, and his articles have appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, and Middle East Policy, among others. He is the co-editor of four book series for Palgrave Macmillan, including Institution Building in West Asia and North Africa, the Political Economy of Islam, Natural Resources Management in West Asia and North Africa, and Financial Institutions, Reforms, and Policies in West Asia and North Africa. He is also the co-editor of three book series on Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth, and Development at Peter Lang Publishing.

His knowledge of the political economy is not purely academic. He has worked for a Middle Eastern investment bank and Iran’s largest private mining corporation. In his capacity as an analyst for the investment bank. Dr. Zahedi has also worked as a Visiting Professor in Turkey.

Young Ha Go
CEO & Founder, Go Venture Forum

Go Young Ha is a Lead angel investor of Korean start-up industry. He founded Selen TV and Exited by M&A. He is running ‘Go Venture Forum’ which is one of the biggest forum for Korean Start-up, also he is currently Chairman of KBAA

Current

Chairman of KBAA (Korean Business Angel Association)

Chairman of Go Venture angel Club

Chairman of Go Venture Forum

Past Experience

2002-2004 Selen TV Founder / CEO

2004-2008 Hanaro TV Founder / CEO

2008-2009 SK Broadband Chairman

Education

Yonsei University Major : Medical

Drop the school at 1974 (sophomore).

He ran the protest against dictatorship in Korea. During the protest, he got arrested and detained in a jail for one year and 2 months. As a result, he got suspended from the school

In year 2020, he graduated with honors in recognition of his contributions to the national/social or Yonsei University’s development.

Yahya Tabesh
Senior Fellow, UC Berkeley

Dr. Yahya Tabesh is a Senior Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Visiting Professor and a Senior Research Fellow in mathematics education at Stanford University, and has served as a Distinguished Faculty in Mathematics and Computer Science at the Sharif University of Technology, where he also served as the Chairman of the Department of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Computing Center.

His current research is on AI based cognitive learning, conceived as an online interactive learning platform. The platform is under development at Polyup, which he co-founded as an edtech startup in Silicon Valley.

Dr. Tabesh is also an advisor to a number of startup companies in Silicon Valley. He won the Erdős international award in 2010 for his sustained and distinguished contribution to the enrichment of math and computer education.

Yoo Taek Lee
Dean Woosong University

Professor Yoo-Taek Lee has many years of experience in teaching, scholarly research, and global consulting.  Recently, he was appointed by Woosong University as an Executive Dean of International Schools and Dean of Endicott College & the Inaugural Dean of JWKIM College of Future Studies.  Prior to joining Woosong University, Dr. Lee taught at Babson College as an Assistant Professor, Emmanuel College as an Associate Professor, and Boston University as a Master Lecturer in USA.

Professor Lee has served International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs Boston branch office as a Chair by supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for their global expansion strategy and Advisory Board Member of Korea Management Association Consultants (KMAC).

He taught various courses for executive, graduate and undergraduate programs.  His innovative courses include Entrepreneurship for Execution that focuses on exploring entrepreneurial approaches in operating new/existing business and Asia Field Seminar that brings MBA students together to visit best practiced companies in Asia such as Toyota, Denso, Fuji-Xerox, MK Taxi, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, POSCO, Samsung Tesco, and selected competitive SMEs. He also teaches Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Global Supply Chain, and Operations Management courses.

Professor Lee’s research interests include corporate entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, capability upgrading, and smart factory in the era of digital transformation. His recent research project includes the relationship between corporate entrepreneurship and innovation, development strategies of small and medium-sized suppliers in a global supply chain, and the capability upgrading at the firm level that focuses on how small and medium-sized enterprises sustain their competitiveness in global supply chains.

His research has been published in such scholarly journals as Journal of Supply Chain Management, the International Journal of Information System and Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Data Analysis and Information System.

Professor Lee published his second book, Platform of the New Growth: Corporate Social Responsibility written in Korean (May 2012).  The book proposes a systematic approach for developing a socially responsible supply chain that improves the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility activities.  Most recently, Prof. Lee published Lean Six Sigma Toolkits published by GOAL/QPC in 2017 (https://goalqpc.com/product/lean-six-sigma-toolkits/). This practical Lean Six Sigma Tools helps academic and corporate training in the field of quality management.

Author of

  • Lean Six Sigma Toolkits published by GOAL/QPC (2017)
  • CSR as a Growth Platform(2012)
  • The Best among the Best (2002)

Professor Yoo-Taek Lee has many years of experience in teaching, scholarly research, and global consulting.  Recently, he was appointed by Woosong University as an Executive Dean of International Schools and Dean of Endicott College & the Inaugural Dean of JWKIM College of Future Studies.  Prior to joining Woosong University, Dr. Lee taught at Babson College as an Assistant Professor, Emmanuel College as an Associate Professor, and Boston University as a Master Lecturer in USA.

 

Professor Lee has served International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs Boston branch office as a Chair by supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for their global expansion strategy and Advisory Board Member of Korea Management Association Consultants (KMAC).

 

He taught various courses for executive, graduate and undergraduate programs.  His innovative courses include Entrepreneurship for Execution that focuses on exploring entrepreneurial approaches in operating new/existing business and Asia Field Seminar that brings MBA students together to visit best practiced companies in Asia such as Toyota, Denso, Fuji-Xerox, MK Taxi, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, POSCO, Samsung Tesco, and selected competitive SMEs. He also teaches Lean Six Sigma, Project Management, Global Supply Chain, and Operations Management courses.

 

Professor Lee’s research interests include corporate entrepreneurship, global supply chain management, corporate social responsibility, capability upgrading, and smart factory in the era of digital transformation. His recent research project includes the relationship between corporate entrepreneurship and innovation, development strategies of small and medium-sized suppliers in a global supply chain, and the capability upgrading at the firm level that focuses on how small and medium-sized enterprises sustain their competitiveness in global supply chains.

 

His research has been published in such scholarly journals as Journal of Supply Chain Management, the International Journal of Information System and Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Data Analysis and Information System.

Professor Lee published his second book, Platform of the New Growth: Corporate Social Responsibility written in Korean (May 2012).  The book proposes a systematic approach for developing a socially responsible supply chain that improves the effectiveness of corporate social responsibility activities.  Most recently, Prof. Lee published Lean Six Sigma Toolkits published by GOAL/QPC in 2017 (https://goalqpc.com/product/lean-six-sigma-toolkits/). This practical Lean Six Sigma Tools helps academic and corporate training in the field of quality management.

 

Author of

  • Lean Six Sigma Toolkits published by GOAL/QPC (2017)
  • CSR as a Growth Platform(2012)
  • The Best among the Best (2002)

Jong Lok Yoon
Former Vice-Minister of MSIP (Ministry of Science ICT and Future Planning, Korea)

Mr. Jong Lok Yoon is a professor of Gachun University in Korea. He is teaching Management of Innovations and contributes special advisor to the president of the University. He was the President of National IT Industry Promotion Agency of Korea (NIPA) since 2015. NIPA is an IT industry promotion organization operated by the Government of South Korea.  Prior to this position, he served as the Vice Minister of Korean government at the Ministry of Science ICT and Future Planning (MSIP). During this period, he played a leading role in Government’s key initiative – Creative Economy, which focuses on boosting the economy through nurturing the startups and small/medium sized business in Korea.  His strong partnerships with startup communities in Israel’s innovation hub continue to help his drive and thought leadership in fostering the innovation culture in Korea even after his ministry role.

Before he joined the government, he was invited to become a professor of Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, which is one top ranked universities in Korea, at the school of convergence technology.  Prior to that, he was senior executive consultant to the President of Bell Labs in New Jersey, U.S., which is one of the most prestigious telecommunications laboratories.  His role as an executive consultant focused on the new strategies for the converged industries using ICT technology as a convergence enabler such as new concept of healthcare, automobile, education for the coming decade.  He consulted on these issues to the president of Bell Labs with the collaboration of CTO of Alcatel-Lucent group.

He was a board of director and senior executive vice president of KT and has been leading the Growing Business Group until 2009. Prior to that, he served as head of R&D Group, New Business Planning Group, Marketing Group, and e-Biz Group.  He also served as the President of KT America Inc.  During these years, Mr. Yoon led transformation of KT from a traditional telephone company to a total solution provider and was credited to with formulating “Telco 2.0”, which was Telco’s new role and business model in the IP world for increasing customer value.

Mr. Yoon is Chairman of Telecommunication Technology Association of Korea, Korea Internet Telephony Forum, and Korea Institute of Information & Telecommunication Facilities Engineering. He is a distinguished member of Future Trend Forum (FTF) sponsored by Spanish bank Bankinter.

He received B.S. in Air Telecommunication Engineering at Korea Aerospace University and M.S. in Electronics and Engineering at Yonsei University in Korea. He also received Diploma in Telecommunications Police Analysis from Michigan State University.

He gives lectures and speeches in global fora and global and governmental institutes, and published best seller books in Korea specializing in the new industry revolution, startups and ICT.  He is often featured in many newspaper articles and TV programmes as thought leader.

Kwang Kim
Country Representative, Korea, The Asia Foundation

Kwang W. Kim is the country representative of The Asia Foundation’s office in Korea, effective October 2018. Kim is a global expert in sustainable business models and public-private initiatives with multilateral finance organizations, the private sector, and academia. He has advised cabinet ministers and C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies on global competitiveness, growth strategies, sustainability solutions, and global value chains in Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Kim brings a global perspective on development practice and trends, including innovative approaches to complex development issues and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He oversees the Foundation’s office in Seoul and its programs focusing on strengthening partnerships with South Korean government agencies, the private sector, academia, and civil society; promoting international exchanges with North Korea; and facilitating regional cooperation in Northeast Asia.

Previously, Kim was the regional lead for International Finance Corporation (the private sector arm of the World Bank Group) in its Sustainable Business Advisory Services in Latin America & the Caribbean, as well as other partners, in de-risking investments, impact investment, and mainstreaming Environmental Social Governance in the investment process through advisory services.

Kim served in advisory roles to the governments of Panama and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on economic diversification strategies. In South Asia, he advised the public and private sectors on strengthening the competitiveness of the mining, tourism, and agribusiness sectors in the tribal areas of Pakistan. He co-edited and authored chapters in the 2008 State of Pakistan Competitiveness Report along with several reference guides on competitiveness and public-private initiatives for World Bank Group project staff.

Kim previously worked as a management consultant, including with Monitor Group in Cambridge (USA) and in São Paulo (Brazil), where he authored a case study in the Brazilian airline industry. With Monitor colleagues (later known as OTF Group), he authored a chapter in the book, In the River They Swim: Enterprise Solutions to Poverty (2009), which included contributions by his excellencies Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan and Paul Kagame of Rwanda on translating enterprise approaches into national development strategies.

Kim currently serves on the board of Conservatorio Urban Innovation, the strategy arm of a global investment fund focusing in urban revitalization. He has adjunct faculty appointments with Georgetown University’s Landagger Program in International Business Diplomacy, and with Hanyang University School of Business.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Loyola Marymount University and a master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.