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Meet our Speakers

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    Sophie Kim

    CEO

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    Market Kurly

    Republic of Korea

    Sophie Kim majored in politics at Wellesley College from 2003 to 2007. She started her career at Goldman Sachs from 2007 to 2010. Since then, she has served on McKinsey & Company, Temasek Holdings, and Bain & Company. In 2015, she founded Kurly and launched 'Next Morning Delivery' which delivers fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, and seafood to the front of the customer's house at dawn.
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    Chris Lee

    CEO

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    SM Entertainment

    Republic of Korea

    Chris Lee, CEO of SM Entertainment, joined the company’s A&R Division in 2005. He became Head of Producing Division in 2015, CEO of SM USA in 2019, and CEO of SM Entertainment in 2020. He shares future plans with Soo Man Lee(Head Producer/Founder) and has developed the company’s core technology CT(Culture Technology). Especially, he has cultivated the A&R system to globalize and break new grounds for future K-Pop. Chris has initiated and developed new ventures such as EDM record label SCREAM Records.
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    Yeon Hee Kim

    Senior Partner/Managing Director

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    Boston Consulting Group

    Republic of Korea

    Yeon Hee Kim is a Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group Seoul office. She was elected to Partnership in January of 2002, and to Director in January of 2009, making her the first female partner and director in a global consulting firm in South Korea. Ms. Kim has over 29 years of consulting experience in transformation and change management, organization, and leadership design. She has extensive transformation consulting experience in the fields of consumer products, retail, banking, credit cards, and digital. She has led several multi-year large-scale transformation projects. Ms. Kim is a frequently-featured columnist and advisor in the business press and in seminars, on the topics of consumer products, marketing, talent management, and growth strategy. Prior to joining Bain, she worked as a consultant for Anderson Consulting. She holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from the Seoul National University Business School.
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    Sae Ju Jung

    CEO

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    Noom

    Republic of Korea

    Sae Ju Jeong is the CEO and co-founder of Noom, a pioneering behavior change startup disrupting the weight loss and healthcare industries. A serial entrepreneur from the age of 19, Sae Ju has always had an intense desire to help people. He was raised in a family of doctors in South Korea and started Noom with the mission of helping people everywhere live healthier lives. That mission has never changed. Noom is a pioneering behavior change startup disrupting the weight loss and healthcare industries. Noom leverages the latest innovations in science and technology to help people change their habits and live healthier lives. Noom has grown more than 100X within the four years and reported revenue in 2019 of $237M and supporting over 2.5M users in 2019. Noom, Inc. is backed by Sequoia Capital, RRE, Samsung, and Translink Capital.
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    John Ha

    Founder/CEO

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    Bear Robotics

    Republic of Korea

    John Ha is the Founder and CEO of Bear Robotics, Inc. John ran a Korean restaurant in Silicon Valley where he felt the need of innovation in the hospitality industry. From John’s hands-on restaurant experience, Bear Robotics is creating AI robotic products to innovate the way food services are operated. Prior to this role, John was a Technical Lead at Google and Adjunct Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.
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    Betty Vandenbosch

    Chief Content Officer

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    Coursera

    United States of America

    Dr. Betty Vandenbosch is Chief Content Officer at Coursera, where she oversees the company’s content and credential strategy and partner relationships. Before joining Coursera, Betty was chancellor of Purdue University Global, an institution resulting from Purdue University’s 2018 acquisition of Kaplan University. At Purdue, Betty oversaw academics for more than 32,000 students most of whom earned their degrees online. Before that, Betty held a number of leadership positions at Kaplan University and served as associate dean and associate professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Throughout her career, Betty has won several awards in teaching and research. She earned her PhD in Management Information Systems and MBA from Western University in Ontario, Canada.
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    Emmanuel LaLagarrigue

    Chief Innovation Officer

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    Schneider Electric

    France

    Emmanuel Lagarrigue is the Chief Innovation Officer of Schneider Electric and a member of its Global Executive Committee. His mission is to create new profitable growth platforms for the company and to drive a culture of open and collaborative innovation. He has the direct responsibility of Schneider Electric’s Corporate Ventures, Electromobility, Solar Power, and China Energy Transition Hub units. He is also directly involved in the creation of new joint ventures with other large institutions across the world. Emmanuel was previously the Chief Strategy Officer of the company. He also held multiple operational and general management positions within Schneider Electric in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States. Emmanuel graduated from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France.
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    Gary A. Bolles

    Chair for the Future of Work

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    Singularity University

    United States of America

    Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-known lecturer, writer, and consultant on the future of work, learning, and the organization. His focus is on helping individuals, organizations, communities, and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital economy, and to develop actionable strategies to deal with what he calls “The Great Reset.” He is the author of nine video courses on LinkedIn Learning, with more than 330,000 students.
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    Henry Chesbrough

    Professor

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    UC Berkeley

    United States of America

    Henry Chesbrough is best known as “the father of Open Innovation”. He teaches at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. He is also Maire Tecnimont Professor of Open Innovation at Luiss University in Rome. He has written books such as Open Innovation (Harvard Business School Press, 2003), Open Business Models (Harvard Business School Press, 2006), Open Services Innovation (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and Open Innovation Results (Oxford, 2020). He has been recognized as one of the leading business thinkers by Thinkers50. He received an Innovation Luminary award from the European Commission in 2014. He received the Industrial Research Institute Medal of Achievement in 2017, and has two honorary doctorates.
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    Lamia Kamal-Chaoui

    Director

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    OECD

    France

    Lamia Kamal-Chaoui has held several senior positions at the OECD since 1993, most notably leading work on inclusive growth and urban development. From 2012 to 2016, she served as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General. In this role, she oversaw the OECD Inclusive Growth initiative, the Knowledge-Sharing Alliance programme and the implementation of the OECD Strategy on Development. Prior to this, she was Head of the OECD Urban Programme from 2003 to 2012, where she advised national policy makers and city leaders as well as launched the OECD Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers. Earlier in her career at the OECD, she worked in several Directorates (such as Public Governance and Territorial Development; Trade; and Financial and Enterprise Affairs). Lamia Kamal-Chaoui is a French and Moroccan national. She has been a member of several International Committees and Advisory Boards as well as a Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris. She holds a Master’s Degree in Macroeconomics from the University of Paris Dauphine and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and History from the University of Paris Diderot.
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    RJ Pittman

    CEO

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    Matterport

    United States of America

    RJ’s career spans startups, venture capital, and the biggest companies in technology. Now at the helm of Matterport RJ is redefining how we experience, engage and manage property in the real world by leading the evolution of 3D capture technology and data. Before joining Matterport, Pittman spent five years leading product, design, engineering, and brand as Chief Product Officer for eBay. Prior to eBay, he led the global e-commerce platform for Apple’s online stores, and led product innovation for Google’s next-generation consumer search properties.
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    Yo Han Kim

    Executive Director

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    DSC Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Yo Han Kim, Executive Director of DSC Investment, has invested in global/domestic bio ventures since 2013. He is currently in charge of the Bio Investment Team at DSC Investment. His portfolio includes ABLBio, Genome & Co, SCM Life Science, Cell Lead and much more. He is also showing great results in overseas investment. Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Addict Bio are companies that are preparing for an IPO or have already gone public. He has much experience in co-investing with noted venture firms such as Orbimed, Novartis Venture Fund, etc. Yo Han has invested approximately 100 billion won in 45 companies with a double amount of return earnings. Among his portfolio, 10 companies are listed on KOSDAQ and 3 more companies are preparing for an IPO. He is a leading investor in the domestic bio venture sector with many companies seeking his guidance on establishing milestone, assessment of technology and more. He got his BS/BS at Seoul National University College of Pharmacy and started his career at Hanmi Pharmaceutical Medicine Research Team. He started his adventure in bio investment at IMM Investment.
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    Jin Soo Kim

    Director

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    KT Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jin Soo Kim, Director of KT Investment, has over 10 years of experience in new venture(cloud service, energy, healthcare) at Future Strategy/New Venture Development Department of KT. After that, he has invested in 20 companies for 5 years at KT Investment. His investment especially focuses on the AI, self-driving and mobile sector.
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    Chi Weon Kim

    CEO

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    Seoul Wise Hospital

    Republic of Korea

    Chiweon Kim is a physician and a healthcare strategist based in South Korea. Chiweon Kim obtained his medical degree at Seoul National University and his MPH at School of Public health at Yonsei Uniersity. He completed his residency in the Department of Internal Medicine at Seoul National University Hospital. After residency, he worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and at Samsung Medical Center as a strategy specialist before starting his own hospital. In addition to running his hospital and taking care of patients, Doctor Kim is interested in digital healthcare and works as a columnist and a speaker. He is a founder and partner of Digital Healthcare Partners, a digital healthcare accelerator. He also advises and works with start-ups in digital healthcare field.
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    Tae Yong Kim

    CEO

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    EO Studio

    Republic of Korea

    Tae Yong Kim runs EO, Korea’s number one media on entrepreneurship and startups. The company started as a one man business and reached 5 million views with an interview on FAANG(a Silicon Valley startup). The Channel usually interviews Korean startup founders but its recent interviews include Silicon Valley based Notion and South East Asian startups. With these movements EO is developing into an Asian based startup media platform.
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    Se Dong Nam

    Founder/CEO

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    VoyagerX

    Republic of Korea

    Se Dong Nam, CEO of VoyagerX, launched the beloved South Korean internet community SayClub while he was working as an Intern Developer at NeoWiz. He led the Planning Team and Development Team at Chutnoon, a search engine which was acquired by Naver. At Naver, he was in charge of the Web Crawler Team. He led the Service Department at Line Co. and made one of the world’s most famous selfie camera applications, B612. He has a deep understanding in development, planning and design. He founded Deep Learning startup VoyagerX in 2017. VoyagerX offers services such as Vrew(AI based Video Editor), vFlat(AI based Mobile Scanner), Ownglyph(AI based Handwriting Font Creator), etc.
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    Ji Yong Um

    Reporter

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    Byline Network

    Republic of Korea

    Ji Yong Um is a reporter for Byline Network, a media platform that specializes in IT. He majored in Global Logistics at Inha University and went on to work at CLO, a media platform that specializes in logistics and supply chain management. At CLO, he covered the logistics ecosystem as Contents Team Leader. Currently at Byline Network, Ji Yong reports stories on how technology solves pain points of the logistics/distribution network. He has advised companies such as LG Electronics, SK Innovation, Korea Post, Korea Labor Institute, Busan Development Institute on logistics and e-commerce issues. He also has lectured at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, Incheon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, Foundation of Korea Logistics Industry Promotion, Korea Integrated Logistics Association, Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation, Donga University, Inha University, Incheon University and many more.
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    Jae Yeol Lee

    Professor

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    Seoul National University

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Yeol Lee, Professor of Seoul National University, is a sociologist who is searching for solutions that will solve current issues of Korean society. He defines the fundamental problem of Korean society as ‘absence of dignity.’ He claims that dignity must be upgraded in order for a brighter future. His works include 『If You Were Born Again, Would You Live in Korea』 and 『Economic Sociology』. He is co-author of 『Connect Power』, 『Social Values and Social Innovation』, 『Beyond a Sick Society』, 『Are you a Middle-Class』, 『Social Economy and Social Value』, 『Asia Understands』, 『Sewol ferry asks and Social Science answers』, 『The Road to becoming a Corporate Citizen』, etc. Jae Yeol sees sociological imagination as the shortcut to a brighter future. He is the director of Korea Social Science Data Archive, an institute that aims to enhance the publicness of Korean society by sharing social science data.
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    Jung Wook Lim

    Managing Partner

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    TBT

    Republic of Korea

    Jung Wook Lim is the managing partner of TBT, venture capital which focuses on early stage startup investment. Prior to joining TBT, he worked as a managing director of Startup Alliance Korea, a non-profit organization founded in 2013 to foster Korean startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs, startups, tech companies, and the government. He also served as a committee member of Presidential Committee on the 4th Industrial Revolution (2018) and board director of SBA(Seoul Business Agency 2016-2018). Jungwook spent time working in Silicon Valley and Boston where he was the head of global business for Daum and the CEO of Lycos Inc. Jungwook holds an MBA degree from the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and earned a B.A. in Business Administration from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
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    Young Jun Jang

    CEO

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    Riiid

    Republic of Korea

    Young Jun Jang is co-founder and CEO of Riiid, a leading AI-driven EdTech start-up based in Korea. He co-founded the firm in 2014 to deliver creative disruption to the education market through cutting-edge AI technology. At Riiid, Jang manages corporate direction and overall strategy, leading investor communications to share the firm’s vision and business strategy. In 2017, Riiid launched Santa, a mobile test prep application for the popular English proficiency exam, TOEIC. Quickly embraced by more than one million students, Santa almost overnight reached No. 1 in sales among education apps in Japan and Korea. Jang graduated from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.
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    Ye Sol Jeong

    Investment Specialist

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    FuturePlay

    Republic of Korea

    Before joining FuturePlay, Ye Sol was the co-founder and CEO of Naksso Inc., developing a mobile application STATYOU that auto-logs and visualizes individual time usage to find behavior patterns to help improve one's productivity. Prior to the founding of Naksso, Ye Sol was the co-founder and head of HAN International, which was a joint venture with Xi'an Jiaotong University and CIIC. As a part of HAN International, she designed and led the HAN International Summer Semester program, the first international semester program in western China. In particular, Ye Sol was responsible for establishing business strategies and recruiting renowned scholars from top global universities such as Yale University, Columbia University, UPenn and more.
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    Sung Jin Choi

    Executive Director

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    Korea Startup Forum

    Republic of Korea

    Sung Jin Choi is the Executive Director of Korea Startup Forum, Korea’s largest startup organization with nearly 1,500 member startups. He previously worked at Daum Communication, Korea Internet Corporations Association, National 4IR Committee, and more. He is taking a role in forming an innovative IT/startup ecosystem.
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    Yoon Sup Choi

    CEO

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    Digital Healthcare Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Yoon Sup Choi is an interdisciplinary life scientist, medical futurist, entrepreneur, investor, and evangelist in digital healthcare. He is the one who introduced digital healthcare sector to South Korea through vigorous researches, writings, and lectures. He majored in both computer science and life science at POSTECH, and earned a Ph.D. in computational biology at POSTECH. He was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and a research professor at Cancer Research Center of Seoul National University College of Medicine. He published over 10 research papers in top scientific journals including 『Science』. He is a co-founder and managing partner of Digital Healthcare Partners, which is the only startup accelerator, dedicated to digital healthcare in South Korea. He has invested in 15+ digital healthcare startups, including VUNO (medical AI), 3billion (genomics), MediHere (telemedicine), Mabo (meditation), Dr.Diary (diabetes). Also, he is an author of best-selling books, 『Healthcare Innovation (2014)』, 『Medical AI (2018)』, 『Digital Healthcare: the Future of Medicine (2020)』.
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    Josh Choi

    Director

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    Korea Startup Forum

    Republic of Korea

    Josh Choi is Director of Business Development at Korea Startup Forum, Korea’s largest startup organization with nearly 1,500 member startups. He previously worked at Daum Communications Marketing Department, United Nations ICT agency (ITU), Iconloop, and more. Through various activities, he is establishing IT-based global networks and partnerships.
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    Sung Jae Hwang

    CEO

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    Lounge Lab

    Republic of Korea

    Sung Jae Hwang(Dr.) is a serial entrepreneur, investor and inventor. He is the founder of LOUNGE LAB, a retail-tech startup that innovates the offline industry by using cutting-edge technologies such as robotics and AI. Prior to this company, he founded several startups. He was a co-founder and partner of Futureplay, a top-tier startup accelerator in South Korea. He served as Chief Product Officer at Fluenty Inc., an AI chatbot startup that was acquired by Samsung Electronics in 2017. He was a co-founder and a main inventor at Pium Labs Inc., a Newyork based IoT startup that is innovating a scent diffuser. He has published more than 30 papers and field more than 300 patents that introduce novel input techniques for future devices. Several of these inventions have been transferred to top global companies, non-practicing entities and startups. At present, more than 30 entities hold his patents and use them in their services and products. He has won numerous awards, including the IP Technology Award (2010), the Creative Invention Award (2011) and the IAM world's leading IP strategists 300 (2016). He is also an angel investor and an adviser to various tech start-ups.
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    Amanda Stanaway

    Principal

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    Woods Bagot

    Australia

    Amanda Stanaway sits at the forefront of workplace design and has been instrumental in creating some of the most cutting edge workplaces in Australia and globally – workplaces that have delivered real business advantage and positive change for the organization. Her role as a principal at international firm Woods Bagot encompasses strategy and interior design across the commercial, lifestyle and public sectors and her diversity of knowledge and skills provides a unique, comprehensive and innovative approach to projects for her clients. Amanda also contributes to the industry through her role as a public speaker, writer and lecturer, and remains focused on promoting and evolving workplace design.
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    Christian Glessner

    CEO

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    Hololux

    Germany

    Christian Glessner is the founder and CEO of Hololux. In an emerging digital world, Christian helps his clients to become more successful by using the latest technologies like Serverless Computing, Mixed Reality, and AI. His parents were entrepreneurs, and he grew up between IT technology and economics. As a kid, he was deeply inspired by amber, sparkling screen, and it's blinking and promising cursor of an AS/400 in his parent's office - "ready." The Tabula Rasa, or in other words, the chance of creating something entirely new from scratch is still driving his passion for information technologies. This year he was honored for the 11th time in a row for receiving the 'Microsoft MVP Award,' an Oscar-like accolade conferred by Microsoft.
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    Cong-Thang Huynh

    CEO/Co-Founder

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    Innolab Asia

    Viet Nam

    Cong-Thang Huynh is an entrepreneur from Vietnam who has influence startup, innovation in ASEAN especially Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia and Chile. He is the Co-Founder & CEO at InnoLab Asia (the implementation partner of Open Innovation Vietnam initiative from the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology for Open Innovation and Innovation in Vietnam and South East Asia). Over 10 years experienced, Thang is engaging and consulting actors in several industries, including start-up mentoring. With high communication and leadership skills, he is also leading young Vietnamese communities from various backgrounds: Education, IT, Innovation, Business & Marketing.
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    Craig Lawrence

    Managing Partner

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    Energy Transition Ventures

    United States of America

    Craig Lawrence is Managing Partner of Energy Transition Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in startups leading the energy transition. Prior to ETV, Craig served in executive, product, and marketing roles at leading solar companies SolarBridge Technologies (acquired by NASDAQ:SPWR), and SunEdison. Craig led cleantech investing at Accel Partners, a top-tier silicon-valley VC. And for a decade, Craig served as a Practice Lead at IDEO, a global design firm helping clients across multiple industries launch innovative products and services. Craig holds a B.S. in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University.
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    Danit Peleg

    3D Fashion Designer

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    danitpeleg.com

    Israel

    Danit Peleg is a Fashion Designer known for her 3D printed fashion work. In 2015, Danit’s 3D printed graduate collection made waves in the fashion and tech industries globally. Danit’s seminal collection includes 5 looks which were entirely 3D printed using desktop printers that can be used from home. In the summer of 2016, Danit was invited to design a 3D printed dress for the headline dancer at one of the most moving segments of the Opening Ceremony of the Paralympics Games. Danit believes that advancements in 3D printing technology could revolutionize fashion design and manufacturing processes. Among her many accolades, Danit is a TED speaker and has been featured in world-renowned publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily and in 2018, she was recognized as one of Europe’s Top Women in Tech by Forbes. 2019 Danit was on the list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world of BBC. Danit is a graduate of Shenkar College of Engineering and Design and is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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    Eli A. Goldstein

    CEO

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    SkyCool Systems

    United States of America

    Eli received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Eli has a passion for energy systems and thermal science. He has led teams of engineers in both industrial and academic settings and previously worked with two cleantech startups. He also led thermal modeling/testing for an entry into the Gates Foundation’s Reinventing the Toilet Grand Challenge.
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    Robbie Cape

    CEO/Co-Founder

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    98point6

    United States of America

    Robbie Cape passionately believes in the critical importance of primary care and its role in improving the quality of life for individuals, communities and the world. With that in mind, he co-founded 98point6 in 2015 to provide consumers with on-demand access to affordable, high-quality care. The evolution of digital health is paving the way for doctors to engage with patients in a new and dramatically more accessible manner. 98point6 is leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning to extend the reach of physicians, allowing them more time to focus on patients while changing the economics of delivering care. Robbie’s 25-year career has centered around building consumer technology businesses and products, including Cozi Inc., which he co-founded and where he served as CEO from its inception until it was acquired by Time Inc. in 2014. Under Robbie’s leadership, Cozi became the number one brand in the family technology category, with more than 14 million family members in 150 countries. Career highlights also include 12 years at Microsoft, where he led projects such as Microsoft Money, a program that he ushered to profitability. Robbie holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Princeton University.
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    Kil Soo Kang

    CEO

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    Deargen

    Republic of Korea

    Kilsoo Kang is the co-founder and CEO of DEARGEN. By taking charge of the management of DEARGEN, Kilsoo promotes cooperation between DEARGEN and many other experts in pharmaceutical and biology fields so that the biomedical data and AI technology can lead to the discovery of the fundamental treatment of diseases. Also, he is an expert in big data and a software architect who has 15 years’ experience in the IT field. Before establishing DEARGEN, he worked as a leader of big data platform development in NAVER.
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    Daniel Kyeong

    CEO/Founder

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    AID Korea

    Republic of Korea

    Daniel Kyeong is the CEO/Co-Founder of AID Korea which offers AI-based livestock healthcare solution, Farmsplan. After graduating from KAIST College of Business, he is currently doing his PhD at Seoul National University Bioinformatics Interdisclipnary Program. For many years, Daniel has acquired much big data experience in the finance, social, digital healthcare sector. His previous job experience includes Allianz Investment where he was in charge of designing investment products and bond funds sales. At Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute(ETRI), he conducted research on social data-based search engines. He went on to found Coolio, a company that developed/analyzed machine learning-based contents curation. In 2017, Daniel founded AID Korea in order to build a health livestock ecosystem and lead the domestic animal-tech industry. Currently, he was appointed as Civilian Member of Presidential Council on Intellectual Property, and the first President of Korea Animal Tech Association.
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    O Kwon

    Partner

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    FuturePlay

    Republic of Korea

    O Kwon is a partner at FuturePlay leading the investment group. FuturePlay is a company builder based in Seoul, Korea helping and investing in cutting edge technology startups (serving more than 100 startups globally). Before joining FuturePlay, he ran sales and operations at Finomial, a Boston based fintech startup, served hundreds of fund managers and financial institutions. He started his career at Deloitte Boston and Vietnam. O is a certified public accountant and holds a business administration degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
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    Ki Hwan Kim

    CEO

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    MEDIHERE

    Republic of Korea

    Ki Hwan Kim is a Co-founder and CEO of MEDIHERE, a digital healthcare startup that provides medical concierge & telehealth membership service in the United States and South Korea. MEDIHERE was founded with a mission to connect doctors and patients effectively using IT technology to resolve the imbalance in medical information and innovate the medical industry. MEDIHERE is the first telemedicine platform in South Korea and is moving a step forward its services around New York state in the U.S. Prior to his start-up, he worked in strategic marketing, technical marketing, and brand marketing in the Global Sales & Marketing of SK Hynix. He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics from Hanyang University.
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    John Kim

    CEO

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    Sendbird

    Republic of Korea

    John S. Kim is the Co-founder and CEO of SendBird, the world's no.1 chat API. The platform currently serves over 110M monthly chat users across the world's leading companies such as Reddit, Delivery Hero, Yahoo!, Rakuten, Paytm, Gojek, Careem, and Hinge. John is a serial entrepreneur, engineer at heart, and an expert in the API economy and messaging space. Little known fact about John is that he was Korea's no.1 pro-gamer for Unreal Tournament.
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    Byung Soo Kim

    CEO

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    Motion2AI

    Republic of Korea

    Byung Soo Kim is the CEO and a founder of Motion2AI, headquartered in Mountain View, CA. Before founding Motion2AI, he had worked for Zippy (acquired by GM Cruise), autonomous last-mile delivery robot company, and also had worked for DAQRI, AR headset company for industrial space. He covered broad topics in computer vision perception and SLAM. He earned his PhD/M.S. in computer vision from University of Michigan in 2013, and B.S. from KAIST in 2008. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford in 2013, and interned at Microsoft Research in 2013.
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    Simon Kim

    CEO/Managing Partner

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    Hashed

    Republic of Korea

    Simon Kim is CEO & Partner at Hashed. He is one of the leading blockchain evangelists in Korea. Prior to Hashed, Simon was a serial entrepreneur co-founding and successfully exiting numerous companies. Most recently, Simon served as Chief Product Officer of an ed-tech startup called Knowre, named one of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Education by Fast Company. Simon is also a Venture Partner at Softbank Ventures Asia and serves as Blockchain Advisor to the South Korean Parliament. Simon studied Computer Science from Pohang Science University.
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    Jae Woo Kim

    CEO

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    3SECONDZ

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Woo Kim is the CEO/Co-Founder of 3SECONDZ. He went on to acquire a PHD in mechanical engineering and data science at KAIST. He served as Jr. Data Scientist at UN agency, Pulse Lab. While he was a Car Racer winning many championship trophies, he witnessed the potential for innovative improvement in the motorsports industry. Historically, the automobile industry has evolved around motorsports. 3SECONDZ not only seeks innovation in the motorsports sector but also the automobile industry. With diverse experience in both the field and research, Jae Woo is developing a new norm in automatic driving using motorsports data.
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    Jae Hyun Kim

    CEO

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    Onul-Hoi

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Hyun Kim is the CEO/Founder of fresh food delivery platform, Onul-Hoi. Onul-hoi co-works with citizens to establish a co-delivery system and solves issues with fresh food delivery. The company is especially expanding its business by handling extreme fresh food such as sashimi and marine products. Jae Hyun previously worked in the online commerce marketing industry with companies such as Wemakeprice, Coocha, Market Kurly, etc. She grew the company by making customer experience as a priority along with marketing.
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    Jong Cheol Kim

    CEO

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    MEKICS

    Republic of Korea

    Jong Cheol Kim, CEO of MEKICS, majored in BioMedical Engineering at Ajou University Graduate School. He went on to serve as Manufacturing Technology Team Leader at Madison. After that, he was in charge of development as Technical Director/Director of Research at Viosys. For his contribution to national industry development, Jong Cheol received the President's Commendation in 2002 and Prime Minister’s Commendation in 2013.
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    Jin Yong Kim

    Physician

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    Incheon Medical Center

    Republic of Korea

    Jin Yong Kim, Physician at Incheon Medical Center, obtained his medical license at Chosun University College of Medicine. He did his residency at Gachon University Gil Medical Center(GMC) Division of Infectious Disease. He worked as a clinical instructor for 5 years at GIMS. Since 2012, he has been working at Incheon Medical Center Division of Infectious Disease. He was the first doctor in South Korea to treat a suspected MERS patient in 2013, and suspected Ebolavirus patient in 2014. Ever since then, he has been involved in various areas of research to detect new diseases. In 2020, he was the first physician to treat a COVID-19 patient as well as the first person to design the COVID-19 drive-through clinic.
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    Hanna KIm

    CEO

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    Grip

    Republic of Korea

    Hanna Kim is currently CEO of Korea's first live commerce platform Grip. Before founding Grip, she as marketing director at Naver Snow, focused on growth and impact. She is highly accomplished with reaching 200 million users in aggressive, fast-paced and competitive global environment. Also driven Jam Live, the no.1 streaming quiz show with approaching to 230,000 connect concurrent users. Prior to joining Naver, she was an executive of global marketing and business development at Bluebird, no.1 rugged mobile in Korea.
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    Kieran Park

    CEO/Founder

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    GymT

    Republic of Korea

    Kieran Park, CEO of GymT, was in charge of investment and business development at Nexon London Center before founding GymT. He discovered and invested in early stage developers while collaborating with other Nexon firms to achieve global publishing. Before Nexon, he lead the ‘Football Day’(web based soccer simulation game) Service Team at NHN. The game was a hit and the service eventually went overseas. Kieran also co-founded Sunnyloft, Social Network based application development startup, and exited the company in 2013 to Kakao. After graduating from Seoul National University with a Business Management degree, he was selected as a global management trainee at AB inBev. He worked as brand manager in Belgium, South Korea, and more while building his career in marketing strategy. His passion in sports and IT led him to gain a masters degree in Sports Management at Birkbeck College.
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    Jong Hoon Park

    CEO

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    Neuromeka

    Republic of Korea

    Jong Hoon Park, an active expert in robot control area in industry, research, as well as academy during two decades, developed a series of industrial collaborative robots (cobots) named ‘Indy’ based on innovative robot control algorithms and software since he founded Neuromeka in 2013. In particular, Neuromeka contributed to productivity improvement in domestic SMEs with technologies necessary for economic and effective cobot-based automation for SMEs subject to ‘variable-volume, high-mix production’ mode required for 4th industrial Revolution era. Recently, he has been preparing for service industries in the coming New Normal age since COVID-19, as Neuromeka developed and applied a new concept of cobot-based cooking-automation systems.
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    Jun Hyuk Park

    CEO

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    mAy-I

    Republic of Korea

    Jun Hyuk Park is the CEO/Co-Founder of AI image processing startup, mAy-I. mAy-I provides imaged-based solutions that analyze offline visitors and is growing fast by collaborating with Eland Retail, LG Electronics, Hyundai Motors and more. Before founding mAy-I, Jun Hyuk was CEO/Co-Founder of social venture Virus where he planned and operated events for young entrepreneurs. He majored in Integrated Technology at Yonsei University. During his college years, he did research at his Alma Mater’s Multimedia Computing and Machine Learning research institute.
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    Ho Young Ban

    CEO

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    Neofect

    Republic of Korea

    Ho Young Ban is the co-founder/CEO of rehabilitation solution startup, Neofect. He has earned BS in aerospace engineering at KAIST and completed his MBA at the University of Virginia. Ho Young started his career at Samsung Electronics and founded media service startup Koguryo TV Entertainment in the U.S. After graduating from the University of Virginia, he established Neofect with his KAIST alumnus.
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    Da Eun Bhin

    COO/Co-Founder

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    NEWNEEK

    Republic of Korea

    Da Eun studied Ethics Education and Business Management at Seoul National University. She interned for social venture firm HGI and media startup PUBLY. She co-founded NEWNEEK in July, 2018.
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    Ki Jun Seo

    CEO

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    Planetarium

    Republic of Korea

    Ki Jun Seo is the CEO and co-founder of Planetarium, a startup pioneering the next generation of open-source, serverless MMO games on blockchain technology. As an engineer and a project lead specializing in early stage products, Kijun worked at Nexon and Dropbox crafting mobile games with millions of downloads and reimagining real-time collaboration tools. He is a graduate of California Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science.
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    Brandon Suh

    CEO

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    Lunit

    Republic of Korea

    Brandon studied medicine at Seoul National University and is a board-certified physician in Family Medicine, trained at Seoul National University Hospital. Prior to medical school, he studied biological sciences in KAIST and also received master’s degrees in both Public Health (MPH) and Business Administration (MBA). Brandon has much experience in both basic and clinical research, having published 30+ research articles in renowned scientific journals.
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    Jung Min Seo

    CEO

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    Brandi

    Republic of Korea

    Jung Min Seo, CEO of Brandi, started online design platform, Vaimicom in 2007. He sold the company in 2013 to ISE Commerce, an online fashion retail business which manages overseas purchasing agency ‘WISWID’ and ‘W Concept.’ As Overseas President of ISE, he was in charge of market strategy. He went on to found fashion e-commerce platform Brandi in 2014. He also launched women shopping application ‘Brandi’ in 2016, shopping mall startup assistance service ‘Helpi’ in 2018, and men shopping application ‘Hiver’ in 2018. Brandi partnered with ‘Shandong Hands Good People E-Business Company’(fashion company within TaoBao) to start its Chinese business in 2018. Brandi went on to open pop-up store ‘Shibuya 109’ in Tokyo. In 2020, Brandi was the first in the fashion industry to establish a fulfillment center(Dongdaemun FulFillment Center) of 7,200 square meters. It also was the first company to launch overnight shipping(delivered within 12 hours) by using a big data-based demand forecasting algorithm. Jung Min has been leading the fashion e-commerce sector with online B2B2C and has completed a Dongdaemun-based fashion supply chain.
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    Yeo Hyun Ahn

    Deputy Medical Director

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    Busan Nam-gu Public Healthcare Center

    Republic of Korea

    Yeo Hyun Ahn graduated from Inje University College of Medicine and became a anesthesiologist at Paik Hospital Department of Anesthesiology. As a anesthesiologist , she was in charge of surgery anaesthetic and operating room infection control. Currently, YeoHyun leads infectious disease control at Busan Nam-gu Public Healthcare Center. She is also on the K-quarantine International Standard Committee.
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    Sang Hwan Yang

    Leader

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    Naver

    Republic of Korea

    Sang Hwan is currently supporting technology startups grow as Naver's D2 Startup Factory leader. In the early 2000s, he led the mobile content business team at mobile startup Mbiznetworks (now, Celltrion Pharm). After joining NHN, he led the core game publishing team at Hangame and experienced the whole process of finding, nurturing and commercializing game IPs. Before D2SF, he led ecosystem projects for corporate sustainability at Naver.
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    Jung Taek Oh

    CEO

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    E2E Health

    Republic of Korea

    Jung Taek Oh, Founder/CEO of E2E Health, has shown remarkable results by adding coaching service to the digital healthcare sector. He was Project Manager at Samsung Electronics where he focused on developing wearable IT devices and medical imaging devices using new technology. He led many multinational clinical tests with domestic/foreign hospitals and launched a healthcare platform. With its patient management platform, E2E Health has branched to the US and launched chronic condition management service, urCare. E2E is also leading the domestic market by merging healthcare with welfare and releasing a community care service platform.
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    Will Ryu

    Founder/CEO

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    OXOpolitics

    Republic of Korea

    Will Ryu is a software engineer, an author, an open-source project owner, a working father, and an entrepreneur. Hohyon worked at Twitter for three years, where he published open-korean-text, an open-source Korean text processor. He also worked at Airbnb for four years designing and building Airbnb's payout system. Having closely investigated the culture of Silicon Valley companies, he created the concept of 'Role-driven Organization' and 'Rank-driven Organization.' He authored two books about Silicon Valley culture: Silicon Valley Illustrated (2018) and Self-motivated Professionals make the Best Company (2019). Based on his understanding of Silicon Valley companies' organizational decision-making process, he came up with a social data platform for collecting diverse opinions for social/political issues and founded a startup named OXOpolitics.
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    Won Soo Yun

    CEO

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    T&R Biofab

    Republic of Korea

    Won Soo Yun, CEO of T&R Biofab, has been studying 3D bioprinting technology since he was a professor at Korea Polytechnic University(KPU). To commercialize this technology, he founded T&R Biofab with Professor Dong Woo Cho of Postech and Professor Jing Hyung Sim of KPU in 2013. Won Soo Yun has used his experience as university professor and venture company CEO to lead his company to IPO in November, 2018.
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    Channy Yun

    Principal Tech Evangelist

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    Amazon Web Services Korea

    Republic of Korea

    Channy Yun, a Principal Tech Evangelist at Amazon Web Services (AWS), is helping developers to enable cloud technology to build modern applications. He has over 20 years of experience in developing and operating online music services, e-payment and e-commerce, and large-scale API platforms. He started his career as a web developer and has played various roles such as Startup CTO, a community leader of open source software, and well-known blogger. Prior to joining AWS, he was a leader of open API platform and developer relations in Daum Communications.
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    Tae Hwan Yoon

    CEO/Founder

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    Root Energy

    Republic of Korea

    Tae Hwan Yoon is founder and CEO of Root Energy Inc.(RE), the first online crowd-funding and management platform for renewable energy in Korea. He has rich and various experiences on renewable energy industry. He serves as adviser of Korea New Deal Committee (Green New Deal Department), the Presidential Committee on Green Growth. He also believes that 100% renewable energy future is possible by people for people. He majored in wind energy engineering at Technical University of Denmark.
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    Dong Hun Lee

    CEO

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    Coronamap

    Republic of Korea

    Dong Hun Lee, CEO of Coronamap, was the first person to launch a service which displayed confirmed cases of COVID-19 just 10 days after the disease hit South Korea. Currently, Coronamap shows simultaneous access of 26,000 people with approximately 4.4 million views and 1.4 million users. It is running COVID-19 related services such as Coronamap, Maskmap, Coroname while collecting data on COVID-19. Dong Hun co-founded Modoc in 2019 while working as CTO. He is running offline meeting management service ‘Qring’ since 2020.
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    Jack Lee

    CEO

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    Sky Labs

    Republic of Korea

    Jack Lee is the founder and CEO of Sky Labs. He is focusing on data-driven preventive healthcare which makes many people's lives to the full. To achieve this, Jack is responsible for making cardio tracker CART to diagnose and monitor chronic diseases in daily life. He takes advantage of his 15 years of experience developing signal processing systems to create one of the best healthcare platform and services. Prior to founding Sky Labs, he was a senior R&D engineer at Samsung Electronics R&D headquarter. He led the development of the 5G cellular communication technology and developed it for the first time over the world. He and Sky Labs were chosen as a technology pioneer by the World Economic Forum(WEF) in 2019.
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    Andrew Lee

    CEO

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    Neubility

    Republic of Korea

    Andrew Lee, CEO of Neubility, majored in Astronomy at Yonsei University. He has conducted research on developing micro satellites and payload imaging instruments. He won a grand prize at NASA aerospace innovation contest by re-designing space toilets. With this experience, Andrew transferred the patent. In addition, he took second place in NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest and third place in NASA Centennial Challenge. With his 6 years of experience as developer, he currently serves as CEO of Neubility, a company that develops autonomous software for last mile Robotics.
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    Steve Lee

    CEO/Co-Founder

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    AmazeVR

    Republic of Korea

    Steve co-founded AmazeVR, a virtual reality concert platform for the highest quality VR content creation and mass distribution in 2015 with founding members of Kakao. After the COVID-19, when music concerts are canceled in the foreseeable future, AmazeVR is providing an end-to-end solution for a radical new way to experience immersive music content with our proprietary technologies—from ultra-high-resolution custom cameras to cloud-based creation tools, to intuitive social interactions with friends as avatars. AmazeVR raised a $9.5M Series A investment round in 2019 from several strategic investors including LG Technology Ventures (Telco.), CJ Timewise Investment (Media/Content), Smilegate Investment (Gaming), and YG Investment (Entertainment/K-pop). Prior to AmazeVR, Steve worked as Head of Strategy and Head of New Business at Kakao. He led corporate-level projects including the M&A with Daum. He also worked as a management consultant at Bain & Company and Kearney.
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    Yoon Soo Lee

    CEO

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    Codeit

    Republic of Korea

    Yoon Soo Lee is the co-founder & CEO at Codeit, an EdTech company that provides an interactive platform to teach people how to code. While studying Business Administration at Yonsei University, he founded the company and held responsibilities in product management, marketing, and finance. Yoonsoo led Codeit’s launch by successfully crowdfunding the product a total of $200k. Codeit is now a $4 million VC-funded company, leading the software education market in South Korea. In 2021, Codeit plans to broaden its influence to the United States and Southeast Asia.
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    Yoon Haeng Lee

    CEO

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    AIDIN ROBOTICS

    Republic of Korea

    Dr. Yoon Haeng Lee is the CEO/Co-Founder of AIDIN ROBOTICS, specialized in sensing/control technology in Human-Robot Interaction(HRI). Increasing demand and awareness in HRI, he founded the company with Professor Hyouk Ryeol Choi of Sungkyunkwan University. The primary targeting market of AIDIN ROBOTICS is the sensors for the robotic applications, from force/torque sensors for the delicate and sensitive operation to proximity/contact sensors for collision avoidance. The company is also commercializing the AiDIN series, autonomous quadruped robots. Quadruped robots are a fast-growing industry robot platform, applicable for various missions such as shipping, observation, surveillance.
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    Eun Se Lee

    Managing Director

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    Techstars

    Republic of Korea

    Eun Se Lee is the Managing Director at Techstars Korea - the first-ever Techstars’ program for Korea, and represents Techstars in Korea. At Techstars Korea, Eun Se heads all the facets of its operations including sourcing its pipelines, making investments, running the acceleration program and actively supporting its portfolio companies. Prior to Techstars, Eun Se founded and served as a Managing Partner at ELEVEN:ZULU CAPITAL - a Los Angeles-based VC firm with a Pan-Asia investment strategy in the spaces of enterprise solutions, human-device interfaces and frontier technologies. He was also a founder and president at a boutique strategy consulting firm for Tier 1 clients in IT, FMCG and service industries. Eun Se served as an adjunct professor as well at Yonsei University and taught strategy and entrepreneurship to its Global MBA candidates and undergraduate students.
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    Won Jae Lee

    CEO

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    LAB2050

    Republic of Korea

    Won Jae is CEO of independent think tank 'LAB2050' where he researches and proposes policy alternatives to enhance social innovation and technology innovation together. He currently serves as a member of the Presidential Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy in the Korean government. Formerly, he served as a director in planning at independent policy think tank Yeosijae(Future Consensus Institute). He also was the president of the Hope Institute, an independent think tank for social innovation and founded Hankyoreh Economic Research Institute. Prior to this, he worked as a researcher at Samsung Economic Research Institute and as an economic journalist at Hankyoreh Newspaper. Wonjae regularly writes columns to comment on social and economic affairs. He earned a BA in Economics at Yonsei University and an MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management.
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    Jun Seung Lee

    Managing Director

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    Shopl & Company

    Republic of Korea

    Jun Seung Lee, CEO of Shopl & Company, was in charge of overseas business at Pengtai(member of Cheil Worldwide network) for 11 years. After joining the company in 2004, he took full charge of establishing regional headquarters in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. He was in charge of all overseas business such as branching out to Southeast Asia. In this process, he was responsible for managing a Samsung Electronics retail store management and noticed that work was mainly managed by excel WhatsApp or even papers without any specialized software. To solve this problem, he searched for various software but was able to find nothing appropriate. Jun Seung used this experience to found Shopl & Company, a business which provides Digital Transformation solutions for offline duties. Shopl & Company launched employee performance management software Shop in 2017 and has been supporting many domestic/overseas global companies. In order to tackle COVID-19 issues such as preventive measures of the workplace, the company has launched an offline PoW(proof of work) solution HADA in 2020 also.
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    Chang Su Lee

    Founder/CEO

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    Allganize

    Republic of Korea

    Chang Su Lee is Founder and CEO at Allganize, which helps businesses automate answering questions from myriads of text documents by AI. His first start up was 5Rocks, founded in 2010 in South Korea, and was acquired by Tapjoy in 2014. Along with the acquisition, he relocated to the Bay Area.
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    Daniel Lim

    CEO

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    Crocus

    United States of America

    Daniel Lim is the CEO of Crocus, an Energy AI Platform startup. He started Crocus with a mission to deliver cutting edge AI technology in key areas of the energy sector which bridge the gap between current problems and AI technology based solutions. Crocus is currently providing its 'ACELO' applications to Fortune 500 firms and major cities in California. Prior to Crocus, Daniel spent his formative years at Utilidata and Samsung. He holds a BS in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in Engineering from Brown University.
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    Seo Jung Chang

    CEO

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    Jaranda

    Republic of Korea

    Seo Jung Chang graduated college with a degree in Visual Communication Design and went on to work at Motorola Korea and Cheil. She was in charge of UX design at Motorola and and took lead in mobile advertisement business development at Cheil.. Using this background, she started to design a service that could solve the problems she encountered. She launched a visiting tutor matching service ‘Jaranda’ to help children learn or play while their parents were at work. The service uses age, tendency, interest data to provide children(from age 4 to 13) with private tutors that teach art, english, math, and more. Unlike the past when tutors had to be introduced privately, Seo Jung applies big data to verify tutors and match them with children in need.
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    Sue Hyun Jung

    CEO

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    NSPACE

    Republic of Korea

    Sue Hyun Jung, the CEO & the Founder of NSPACE, provides unused space at a reasonable price to design an affordable city. SpaceCloud is an online marketplace that offers various retail spaces such as party rooms, photo studios, dance studios, and co-working spaces. The service has connected over 20 thousand spaces with 800 thousand Millennial users. The company also makes the future of small buildings by &Stable which provides shared housing for single households and shared facilities. With Naver’s investment, NSPACE creates services that help small business owners make better use of spaces. NSPACE collaborates with various companies, asset management companies, housing corporations, and local governments to innovate the city and to facilitate the usage of public facilities.
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    Tae Young Jeong

    CEO

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    PLAIF

    Republic of Korea

    Tae Young Jeong, CEO of PLAIF, was a member of KEBA Korea(of KEBA Group). He started his career as an application engineer and went on to positions such as team leader, PM within his 8 years of field experience. He has much understanding in robots and mass production. Approximately 10 years ago, he started a study group(with his current colleagues) to study AI and enter in many robot contests. Tae Young started an industrial and cooperating AI/robot startup in April 2020.
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    Hyun Joo Je

    CEO/Managing Partner

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    Yellowdog

    Republic of Korea

    Hyun Joo Je is CEO and managing partner of Yellowdog, a leading impact venture capital in Korea. Established in 2016,Yellowdog invests in startups, at Pre- series A to series B, which have innovative potentials in four key impact domains - (1) climate actions and environmental solutions, (2) wellness and healthcare, (3) education, and (4) workstyle solutions. Yellowdog has invested approximately $55 million in 26 companies in Korea, Vietnam and US, and is currently managing over $100 million assets. Hyunjoo, prior to Yellowdog, used to work at Carlyle Asia Buyout Fund, Credit Suisse and McKinsey & Company.
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    Sung Moon Cho

    CEO

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    Chartmetric

    Republic of Korea

    Sung Moon Cho is Founder and CEO of Chartmetric, a data analytics company dedicated to serve the music industry, by solving the complex problem by tracking a large amount of data and meeting the industry needs around playlist marketing. Prior to starting Chartmetric, he worked as Principal Product Manager at Oracle Corporation. Prior to that, he was first employee/engineer at Gamevil (KQ:063080), where he initiated mobile game development and eventually positioned the company as a leading mobile game developer. Sung graduated with a bachelor’s degree of electrical engineering and computer science from Seoul National University, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
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    Young Tak Cho

    CEO

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    Hunet

    Republic of Korea

    Young Tak Cho, CEO of Hunet, graduated from Seoul National University with a Business Management major in 1989. After graduating college, he went on to work at Gumho. At Gumho, Young Tak experienced various positions such as Procurement, Accounting, Sales, Business Planning, Executive Assistant for more than 10 years. While working at Gumho, he earned his masters in Business Strategy at Seoul National University and also became a Certified Public Accountant. In 1999, Young Tak founded lifelong learning platform Hunet. Hunet is gaining attention due to its reputation as an expert in non-contact education. Young Tak started an email newsletter service in 2003 and currently has 2.2 million subscribers. He also writes columns and does lectures on CEO leadership.
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    Dave Cho

    CEO/Founder

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    Classting

    Republic of Korea

    Dave Cho founded Classting in 2013 based on his experience as a public school teacher. It was the first online class platform in Korea. Classting combines the strengths of social media and LMS (learning management system) to help teachers teach multiple students more effectively. More than 6.5 million teachers, students, and parents are using the service as of 2020. The company is developing individualized EdTech services using continuously accumulated big data from elementary education to lifelong education. Dave received a master’s degree in computer education from Seoul National University of Education, and was selected as a “2020 Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum for the first in the education sector in the country.
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    Sang Hyun Ju

    CEO

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    Yam Table

    Republic of Korea

    Sang Hyun Ju, CEO of Yam Table, grew up in Tongyeong, a city rich in fishery products. Being born in a family that was involved in the fishing industry, he went on to spend his 20s in offline retail of fishery products. He started his own wholesale business while earning a Suhyub broker certification to sell fishery products wholesale. As online commerce was on a rapid rise in the late 2000s, he took his business online. He pivoted to online commerce in 2013 by taking pictures of his products, studying Photoshop, making product descriptions and registering on Naver Smart Farm. As fishery products posted more than five billion won in online sales, Sang Hyun found a future in online commerce. He launched Yam Table after merging with an online company. Yam Table raised investment in pre-Series A and sales increased to 10 billion won in 2018. In 2019, Yam Table raised investment in Series A and sales tripled to 3.2 billion won. Yam Table is now the top business in online commerce of fishery products.
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    Doo Ah Choi

    CEO

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    Huray Positive

    Republic of Korea

    Doo Ah Choi is the founder and CEO of Huray Positive, a digital healthcare startup focused on developing PHR(Personal Health Record) service platform and diverse digital healthcare software. Since founding the most disruptive company in 2010, he has been pioneering a new healthcare area with digital innovation for 10 years. Prior to founding Huray Positive, Doo Ah was a team leader at Naver, one of the biggest search companies in South Korea. He was responsible for product management, go-to-market strategies in various search products from 2007 to 2010. Prior to joining Naver, Doo Ah founded two startups with providing a solution for communication software and acquired by large software companies (vendors of major carriers such as SKT, KTF) from 2000 to 2006. Doo Ah is also serving as a member of the government healthcare committee including the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Ministry of Science, and ICT. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Yonsei University in Korea. (2000).
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    Jay Choi

    Co-Founder/CEO

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    Nearthlab

    Republic of Korea

    Jay is the co-founder and CEO of Nearthlab, which develops autonomous drone solutions for inspection and analysis of blade defects. Nearthlab is currently the largest drone inspection provider in Korea with experiences in the U.S. and Japan as well. Prior to founding Nearthlab in 2015, he worked as a plant engineer at Doosan Heavy Industries, where he realized the potential of drones as a tool that allows more efficient and safe maintenance of facilities. Jay holds B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, one of South Korea’s top research universities.
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    Jay Choi

    CEO

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    Button Soup

    Republic of Korea

    Jay Choi is the founder and CEO of Button Soup, Inc. Button Soup is operating Ghost Kitchen, which is a cloud kitchen service providing built-in kitchens to small business owners who open take-out or delivery only restaurants. 98 kitchens in 5 sites around Seoul are operating, and 4-5 more locations will open in 2020. Before founding Ghost Kitchen, he had worked for Baedal-Minjok as a Head of IR, led two funding rounds from Goldman Sachs (raised $36mm), and Hillhouse Capital Group (raised $50mm). He was also responsible for M&A and investment in startups to accelerate Baedal-Minjok's growth as a market leader in online food e-commerce. After graduating from graduate school with a Master's degree in Electrical engineering, he had founded or joined five IT (Information Technology) startups for 21 years. With the understanding of the food-delivery market learned while he was in Baedal-Minjok and the information technology learned from other startups, he finally founded Ghost Kitchen.
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    Joon Nyung Heo

    Medical Officer

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    The Armed Forces Medical Command

    Republic of Korea

    Joon Nyung Heo is currently enrolled in the Armed Forces Medical Command as a medical officer, and is a neurologist. He is the founder and the CEO of a NGO, Doctors on the Cloud (DOCL). DOCL aims to save lives using ICT, and currently focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic. DOCL cooperated with the KCDC to deliver an AI solution that can guide in patient selection for efficient medical resource allocation. The solution is expected to save COVID-19 lives worldwide He previously was a CEO of a startup Pinnote and also was a co-founder of Freemed, a social enterprise. Also, he developed an app for time management that placed 2nd most popular in Korean app store in 2012.
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    Chang Hee Hwang

    Representative Director

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    OPENUB

    Republic of Korea

    Chang Hee Hwang founded social commerce Bestplace and successfully exited. Through this experience, he discovered that the development of social commerce/online commerce would lead to the development of retail service. This led him to founding Rocketlogistics, a social commerce-exclusive 3PL retail service. Chang Hee was eager to add IT to offline retail and pioneer a new market full of added value. After being discharged from the army, he went on to earn his master’s in MIS at Seoul National University. While studying, he thought about ways to enhance the lives of individuals through big data and AI. Chang Hee gathered others with the same goal and founded OPENUB in 2019.
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    Byeolteo Park

    CEO

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    Seadronix

    Republic of Korea

    Byeolteo Park, CEO of Seadronix, is pioneering a new market by entering the Smart Harbor industry using technology and marketing skills. His service was recognized by being awarded the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Commendation and Ulsan Mayor Commendation. He has also served in the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries 4IR Committee and Ministry of Science and ICT Future Talents Special Committee. Before founding Seadronix, Byeolteo majored in Robotics at KAIST graduate school.

Meet our Investors

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    Akul Penugonda

    Associate

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    Acceleprise

    Republic of Korea

    Akul is an East Coast native who joined Acceleprise from Yext, a large SaaS company in New York. He joined Yext after college and stayed through IPO. He has spent time in various positions in both Software Engineering and Product Management, and spends time volunteering in his free time. Akul graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
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    Albert Shyy

    Managing Director

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    Burda Principal Investment

    Singapore

    Albert is a Managing Director and leads Burda Principal Investments' Singapore office, where he focuses on looking for Series B stage investments in Southeast Asia. He currently sits on the board of Zilingo, Carsome, Hmlet, Priceza, and Coc Coc. Previously he was at GREE Ventures from 2014 to 2017, where he eventually led the fund's investment team in Southeast Asia and India. Prior to this, he served as a Director at Lazada Group, helping build the company’s Marketplace business across the region. Other professional experience includes co-founding an online menswear company in the US and spending 5 years as a management consultant at Monitor Group. He completed his MBA at the University of California, Berkeley and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Andrew Du

    Associate

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    Sequoia Capital

    China

    Andrew Du is an investor at Sequoia Capital covering both China and South Korea, focusing on internet/entertainment/ecommerce/education etc. Prior Sequoia Capital , he worked for Tencent. Andrew graduated from Peking University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
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    Ben Yu

    Managing Director

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    Sierra Ventures

    United States of America

    Ben Yu is a Managing Partner at Sierra Ventures, a 38 year old Silicon Valley based early-stage venture firm investing globally with a focus on Next Generation Enterprise and Emerging Technologies. Ben has been with the firm since 2000. Ben is an engineer and inventor by background. He is passionate about emerging sectors and breakthrough ideas. His investment philosophy is finding early-stage companies with great technologies that can truly make a difference and helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into market leaders. His current portfolio and selected past companies can be found on the Sierra Ventures website.
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    Bryan Chang

    Principal

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    Collaborative Fund

    United States of America

    Bryan Chang is a San Francisco-based principal at Collaborative Fund. Collaborative Fund is an early-stage investment firm in NYC, backing the entrepreneurs pushing the world forward. Its notable investments include Lyft, Beyond Meat, Kickstarter, Impossible Foods, Reddit, Blue Bottle Coffee, and more. Prior to Collaborative Fund, Bryan was on the investment team at Social Capital and founding team at Mattermark, having raised over $17m+ total and later acquired by Fullcontact. He started his career at UBS Investment Bank in San Francisco.
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    Chandra Tjan

    Founder/Managing Partner

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    Alpha JWC Ventures

    Indonesia

    Mr. Chandra Tjan started his tech investment career over a decade ago, making him the first venture capitalist in Indonesia. Before co-founding Alpha JWC Ventures in 2015, Mr. Tjan founded the country’s first VC East Ventures in 2009. Since then, he has invested in more than 60 early-stage startups — including two unicorns: online marketplace Tokopedia and all-in-one travel booking platform Traveloka — and was also the first board member of both unicorns in their early days. He currently sits on the board of some of the regional leading tech companies, including FundingSocieties, Carro, GudangAda, Bobobox and OnlinePajak. Mr. Tjan graduated from University of Sydney, and is currently taking a three-year residential Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. Mr. Tjan is also a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).
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    Chris Douvos

    Managing Director

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    Ahoy Capital

    United States of America

    Chris Douvos founded Ahoy Capital in 2018 to build an intentionally right-sized firm that could pursue investment excellence while prizing a spirit of partnership with all of its constituencies. A pioneering investor in the micro-VC movement, Chris has been a fixture in venture capital for nearly two decades. Prior to Ahoy Capital, Chris spearheaded investment efforts at Venture Investment Associates, and The Investment Fund for Foundations. He learned the craft of illiquid investing at Princeton University’s endowment. Chris earned his B.A. with Distinction from Yale College in 1994 and an M.B.A. from Yale School of Management in 2001.
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    Chris Yeo

    Head

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    Grab Ventures

    Indonesia

    Chris is Managing Director, Head of Grab Ventures (GV), whose mandate is to develop the next generation tech leaders in SEA. Grab Ventures does this through Venture Building and Venture Investments. For Venture Building, internal startups that Chris has launched include: GrabFresh (online groceries), GrabWheels (eScooter sharing), GrabKitchen (Cloud Kitchen) and GrabHealth (online healthcare). For Venture Investments, GV focuses on Series A+ strategic investments in sectors related to Grab’s O2O businesses and across all geographies. This also includes Grab Ventures Velocity (GVV), a scale up program for post-seed stage startups, which already has 15 startups in its portfolio across 2 batches.
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    Denny Kim

    Founder/Principal

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    7911 Partners

    United States of America

    Denny Kim is the Principal & Founder of 7911 Partners, a private investment and advisory firm focused on the FinTech sector. Denny also serves as an Advisor to Gemspring Capital, a lower middle market private equity firm with $1.1 billion in assets under management. Prior to 7911 Partners, Denny spent eleven years as a private equity investor focused solely on investing in financial services companies, having worked at WL Ross & Co. as well as J.C. Flowers & Co. Denny began his career as an Investment Banking Analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. Denny received a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
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    Eddie Lee

    Principal

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    White Star Capital

    United States of America

    A Principal at White Star Capital based in New York, Eddie invests in and works alongside entrepreneurs in both New York and Seoul. Eddie was previously an Associate at the Asset Management division of J.P.Morgan in New York, where he led internal strategy for the Big Data and Business Intelligence Group. He started his career there as an Analyst of the Private Equity Group.
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    Eric Hendrickus

    Investment Associate

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    Central Capital Ventura

    Indonesia

    Eric joined Central Capital Ventura (CCV) as an Investment Analyst after graduating from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship. Now an Investment Associate, Eric is responsible for leading the investment process at CCV as well as managing the firm’s portfolio companies. To date, he has been involved in 18 investments across different fintech verticals such as payments, lending, robo-advisory, and others. Outside of CCV, Eric likes to contribute back to the startup ecosystem through mentoring. He is currently a mentor at Gerakan Nasional 1000 Startup Digital (1000 Startup Digital Movement), an initiative from the Indonesian government to grow and groom the local startup ecosystem.
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    Hernán Fernández

    Managing Partner

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    Angel Ventures

    Mexico

    Hernán is the Founder and Co-Managing Partner at Angel Ventures, where he manages deal-flow, investor relations and share duties in creating value for the investment portfolio. He is also the founder of the largest angel investment network in Latin America. He currently serves as a Board Member at the Mexican Association of PE & VC Funds (AMEXCAP). Prior to Angel Ventures, Hernán started his professional career as a corporate lawyer in PwC's Mexico City and Paris branch offices, as a consultant for the Sustainable Business initiative of the United Nations Development Program in the U.S. and Paraguay and later as a management consultant for Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company) in Mexico City. He has been named one of CNN/Expansion 30 Mexico's Promises and the Most Influential Angel Investor in Mexico according to TechCrunch. Hernán holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a law degree from ITAM in Mexico. AV has put together a strong and flexible team, bestinclass, in-house developed processes and attracted a multidisciplinary group of advisors, mentors and allies that not only provide capital, but most importantly, talent, relationships, and brain power. The managing team has extensive experience in company development and growth, private equity transactions, management and operation of venture capital funds, mergers, and acquisitions launching startups and new business units, as well as strategic consulting and operational administration of multinational conglomerates.
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    Jai Choi

    Managing Partner

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    Tekton Ventures

    United States of America

    Jai Choi is a founder of Tekton Ventures, a global seed stage venture firm he started in 2010. In addition, Jai has been a partner with Partner Partners since 2007, a global venture firm that invests across all stages in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Jai has spent over 18 years in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and early stage investor. Jai has invested in over 100+ early stage companies internationally including Coupang, Toss, Outdoorsy, Frontier Car Group, Signifyd, MyRealTrip, and Kyash. Jai was a partner with Ignite Ventures, a venture fund and advisory group with limited partners from major Asia-based technology conglomerates. Jai was an early employee at OnePage Software, a content personalization platform acquired by Sybase in 2001. Jai previously co-founded On-Air Networks in 1997, an online radio company acquired by Loudeye (Nokia). Jai started his career in management consulting at PA Consulting Group, working for major telecom and energy companies.
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    Jamaludin Bujang

    Managing Director

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    Gobi Partners

    Malaysia

    Jamal joined the firm in 2019 and is overseeing operations and investment activities at Gobi’s Kuala Lumpur office. He has 15 years of experience in equity research, investment evaluation, corporate finance, and M&A and an additional 14 years of experience in venture capital. Prior to Gobi, he was the CEO of MAVCAP, Malaysia’s largest venture capital firm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ministry Of Finance Inc, which has directly and indirectly invested in over 1,100 startups since 2001. While at MAVCAP, he created, managed, and participated as LP in 9 funds with a combined size of over $500m. At Gobi, he successfully launched a $20m venture fund in Pakistan, in collaboration with the Fatima Group, one of the country’s largest conglomerates. He is active in the Malaysian startup scene; and has served as the Chairman of the Malaysian Venture Capital Association, a member of the Malaysian Venture Capital Development Council, a founding member and Treasurer of the Global Entrepreneurship Movement and as member of investment committees in several VC funds and government grants.
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    Jay Park

    Co-Founder/Managing Partner

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    Prysm Capital

    United States of America

    Jay Park is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Prysm Capital where he provides growth capital to disruptive management teams across the technology, consumer, and healthcare markets in the US and Asia. Prior to Prysm, Jay spent 18 years with BlackRock helping lead private equity investing activities across the US and Asia. Prior, Jay was a principal investment officer with Merrill Lynch Global Private Equity focused on investing in the emerging markets, after starting his career in Merrill Lynch M&A. Jay earned a BS degree in applied mathematics and economics from Brown University, and an MBA degree, with honors, from Columbia University.
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    Jay Zhao

    Partner

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    T Fund

    United States of America

    As an entrepreneur-turned-VC, Jay is a Partner at T Fund (aka TCL Ventures), a global CVC arm by TCL Corp, one of the largest consumer electronics companies in the world. Jay is also responsible for helping define TCL’s strategic roadmap as well as corporate's M&A and partnerships. Previously, Jay was a Senior Director / Partner at Walden Venture Capital, one of the pioneer venture capital firms in Silicon Valley, with a global presence in Asia and Israel. Prior to Walden, Jay was a Principal at Granite Ventures (ex- H&Q venture group), a premier San Francisco based VC firm that manages over $1 billion AUM.
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    Jeffrey Chi

    Vice Chairman

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    Vickers Venture Partners

    Singapore

    Dr. Jeffrey Chi is a veteran in the venture capital industry. Dr. Chi co-founded Vickers Venture Partners in 2005. He is also former Chairman and currently Ambassador of the Singapore Venture Capital Association. Dr. Chi also sits on board of SEEDS Capital (Investment arm of Enterprise Singapore) and on the advisory panels of the MAS, A*Star and the National University of Singapore Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management. Dr. Chi is a CFA Charter holder and graduated from Cambridge University in Engineering. He earned his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in organizational knowledge and information technology.
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    Jenhao Han

    CEO

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    KCA Capital Partners

    Singapore

    Mr. Jenhao Han is the CEO of KCA Capital Partners (“KCA”), a growth equity investment firm focusing on value creation through cross border market expansion. KCA is sponsored by China International Capital Corporation (“CICC”) which has extensive business and government relationships to facilitate market expansion in China and South East Asia. Prior to founding KCA, Mr. Han led the Asia business for ARDIAN (formerly known as AXA Private Equity) as Head of Asia for 10 years based in Singapore. During his tenure at ARDIAN, Mr. Han was responsible for investment to over $1.3bn in Asia. He advised various financial institutions on investment strategy in alternative assets and companies on strategic cross-border initiatives in Asia. Mr. Han holds an MBA degree from INSEAD and undergraduate from Cornell University. He has extensive professional and personal experience in Asia, and is fluent in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
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    Julian Cheng

    Managing Director

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    Gen 1 Capital

    United States of America

    Julian Cheng focuses on deep technology investments in areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, space, AR, connected car, healthtech, fintech, insurance, and others. Julian is passionate about supporting and mentoring founders to help them build world-changing businesses and building their character. Before becoming a venture capital investor, he managed and developed software and hardware for enterprises, microprocessors, satellites, and co-founded two start-ups in the Internet of Things and education spaces. After working at large tech companies and start-ups in SF, LA, Austin, and Chicago he transitioned to venture capital to invest in and cultivate the technical and entrepreneurial ecosystem in hopes to transform the community. He has a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois and studied engineering management at Stanford and Northwestern Universities where he obtained his Masters.
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    Junichi Nakajima

    Executive Manager

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    DG Daiwa Ventures

    Japan

    Junichi joined Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in 2000. After this, he worked at KPMG FAS, Lone Star Funds, Marubeni (US), and Cool Japan Fund (government fund). Joined DG Daiwa Ventures in 2018 as the head of investment Dep. He graduated in 2018 from Keio University, Business and Commerce, and received his MBA, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania.
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    Kee Lock Chua

    CEO

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    Vertex Holdings

    Singapore

    Kee Lock is CEO of Vertex Holdings (“VH”), a Singapore-headquartered venture capital investment holding company. The Vertex global network of funds comprises early-stage technology focused Vertex Ventures (China, Israel, SEA & India and US), early-stage healthcare focused Vertex Ventures HC, and growth-stage focused Vertex Growth. Each of these funds is managed by independent General Partnerships, with VH providing anchor funding alongside third-party capital commitments. Mr. Chua is concurrently Managing Partner of Vertex Ventures SEA & India as well as Chairman of Vertex Growth. He also serves on the boards of several companies, including Yongmao, a Singapore public-listed company. Mr. Chua previously held senior positions in Biosensors International Group, Ltd., Walden International, NatSteel Ltd., and Intraco Ltd. He co-founded MediaRing, provider of voice-over-internet, which later listed on Singapore’s stock exchange. Mr. Chua graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin and an M.S. degree from Stanford University.
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    Kenneth Chew

    Associate Director

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    Vickers Venture Partners

    Singapore

    Based in San Francisco, Kenneth Chew oversees investment deals in the USA and South Korea for Vickers Venture Partners. He started his career with the Singapore government, eventually establishing and running the Seoul office for the Singapore Economic Development Board. Prior to joining Vickers in 2018, Kenneth co-founded a consumer tech startup in Silicon Valley, and also ran the Singapore outfit for KOSPI-listed Noroo Holdings, looking at food and agri-tech deals. Kenneth has an Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and is at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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    Kenneth Li

    Managing Partner

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    MDI Ventures

    Indonesia

    Kenneth is the Managing Partner of MDI VC Singapore, and he is responsible for MDI Ventures Global Expansion and Fund Initiatives. He is one of the founding members of MDI ventures and has been with the firm since the day of its inception. His experience also includes time at Deloitte and Systec VC, one of the earliest VC/venture builders in Indonesia. Subsequently, he also manages several private funds throughout his career. There are currently two funds that actively operate under his management. His investment follows the belief in a mix between value investing and sustainable growth fueled by venture investment. Throughout his career with MDI, his investment choice has contributed four out of seven exits for MDI. The sector of choice includes fintech, logistics, SaaS, and consumer tech. His next focus is to bring MDI Ventures as a globally respectable venture firm. He believes the combination of the VC model with a corporate-backed ecosystem should be one of the vital determinants of success for MDI ventures.
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    Luke Kornack

    Investor

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    B Capital Group

    United States of America

    Luke Kornack is an Investor in B Capital’s San Francisco office. Prior to joining B Capital, Luke worked at Financial Technology Partners in the Private Capital Markets Group advising on sellside engagements targeting non-strategic pools of capital. Prior to FT Partners, Luke spent time at Bites Media and Bowen Advisors. Luke is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a BA in Globalization Studies.
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    Michelle Suteja

    Director

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    Central Capital Ventura

    Indonesia

    Appointed as Director at PT Central Capital Ventura since June 13, 2017. She graduated in 2009 from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics with an International Business & Trade degree. She started her entrepreneurship career in Shanghai back in 2005. She started her career in the technology sector in 2013 when she founded e-commerce startup, travel, and marketplace for financial products. She mentored at Global Entrepreneurship Program Indonesia (GEPI) and Purwadhika Startup School. In 2015, she began working in a venture capital when she took a position at Monk’s Hill Ventures. Following that, she became the growth consultant/director of business development for many prominent startups.
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    Murat Aktihanoglu

    Managing Director

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    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

    United States of America

    Murat is co-founder and Managing Director at ERA, an early-stage venture capital fund and technology accelerator in New York City that has invested in and accelerated 208 startups since 2011. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science and he has started multiple technology startups in NYC after having worked in Silicon Valley as a technologist. He started Entrepreneurs Roundtable, a non-profit, in 2007 in New York City to help the startup ecosystem grow and connect the entrepreneurial community with each other and investors through free monthly events that have been going on every month since 2007. He is also the author of the book “Location-Aware Applications” published by Manning Publications and a frequent speaker globally on technology, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.
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    Richard Jun

    Co-Founder/Managing Director

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    BAM Ventures

    United States of America

    Richard Jun is the Co-founder and Managing Director of BAM Ventures, a top performing early-stage consumer fund based in Los Angeles that he started with Brian S. Lee, a serial angel investor and the co-founder of Legalzoom, Shoedazzle, and The Honest Company. Prior to BAM, Richard served on Shoedazzle’s senior management team and helped orchestrate the merger of the company with its largest competitor at the end of 2013. At BAM, Richard has used his full-stack company building experience to invest in and help accelerate the growth of some of the most recognizable consumer brands that exist today. He has personally led investments in over 80 companies to date.
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    Shaun Lee

    Investor

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    Mubadala Capital

    United States of America

    Shaun Lee is an investor with Mubadala Capital - Ventures. Mubadala is the $250bn sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dabi making financial-first investments globally across 15+ sectors. Based in SF as part of a dedicated VC fund of Mubadala, Shaun focuses on early-stage / growth FinTech, software, and autonomous investments in North America. He has invested in industry-leading companies such as Brex, Gabi Insurance, Waymo, Embark Trucks, and Parkside Securities, amongst other investments. Prior to his career in venture, Shaun was a technology investment banker with UBS and graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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    이솔

    Senior Associate

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    Nyca Partners

    United States of America

    Sol Lee is a Senior Associate at Nyca Partners, a leading fintech focused venture capital fund based in New York. Nyca invests across all stages of financial services and connects innovative companies to the global financial system. At Nyca, Sol focuses on identifying new investment opportunities as well as providing portfolio company support and building out the fund’s operations. Most of Sol’s prior background is in the payments world. Prior to joining Nyca, Sol was on the Payments team at Uber, focusing on analytics and optimization of card, cash and wallet disbursements and collections globally. Before Uber, Sol was an at Mastercard in Strategy & Analytics, working both on the issuer and merchant side of the business. Sol received her BBA from University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
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    Sue Xu

    Partner

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    Amino Capital

    United States of America

    Dr. Sue Xu is a Partner at Amino Capital, and her focus areas of investment include data-driven solutions and web3.0. She was interim CEO of CandyHouse, Databeyond, and CyteSi. Since 2012, she was involved in more than 160 investments, including Assemblage (acquired by Cisco), Orbeus (acquired by Amazon), Ozlo (acquired by Facebook), GrokStyle (acquired by Facebook), Woomoo (acquired by Priceline), Contastic (acquired by Sugar CRM), Mobike (acquired by Meituan/Tencent), Evertoon (acquired by Niantic | PokemonGo), Yiqixie (acquired by Kuaishou/Tencent), Voyage, AIFI.io, Vicarious, Paperspace, Whova, WeTravel, Webflow, Grail, Chime Bank. Dr. Sue Xu began her early-stage entrepreneurship when she was the founding scientist of GlycoMira (also involved in undergrad and Ph.D. laboratory spin-offs). She has three patents and over 20 journal publications, and previously was a Postdoc fellow at Stanford University.
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    Vinnie Lauria

    Managing Partner

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    Golden Gate Ventures

    Singapore

    Vinnie is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. He is a founding partner of Golden Gate Ventures, an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over US$250M AUM and 45+ investments to date. He is a Kauffman Fellow, and a guest lecturer at the National University of Singapore. He was rated by the Founder Institute as the top startup mentor in Asia from a pool of 2,500 mentors. Prior to Golden Gate Ventures, Vinnie built two startups in Silicon Valley: Meetro, a location-based chat service which was dissolved with many lessons learned in 2007; and Lefora, a forum hosting platform which grew to over 100,000 communities and was acquired by CrowdGather in 2010. Earlier in his career, Vinnie spent four years within IBM. Vinnie is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Engineering. Vinnie is passionate about building startup ecosystems and joined his first startup while still in high school.
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    Wai Chiew Chik

    CEO

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    Heritas Capital Management

    Singapore

    Wai Chiew is the CEO / Executive Director of Heritas Capital Management, overseeing PE / VC and Fund-of-Funds investments focused on healthcare, education and technology sectors globally.Wai Chiew has over 20 years of experience in global investment management and strategic business development, having been active in leading companies on transformational growth strategies, fundraising and M&A. In his previous roles at Temasek and other funds, he has led and managed investments across multiple industries and geographies.
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    Wei Sun

    Partner

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    Hosencare Brothers

    China

    Dr. Wei Sun is partner of Hosencare Brothers and funding partner of Digital Craftsman Venture Partners (DCVP). He has over 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, venture financing and healthcare. Dr. Sun was an investor at Hosen Capital, leading its investments in technology and health related areas. Before that, Dr. Sun worked with Booz & Co., helping fortune 500 and leading Chinese companies to grow in China and overseas. He also had many years of product management and startup experience in the US, where he worked with Morningstar as well as served as founding members of two technological startups. Dr. Sun received his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester, MBA with honor from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and BS in Electrical Engineering and BA in English from Tianjin University.
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    Xiaoyu Zhu

    Managing Director

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    Green Pine Capital Partners

    China

    Xiaoyu Zhu currently serves as managing director at Green Pine Capital Partners, a leading venture capital based in Shenzhen focusing on deep-tech investment. Previously, he worked at top policy and investment advisory firms, as well as think tanks at Washington DC and Beijing. Mr. Zhu received dual bachelor’s degrees in international studies and psychology from China’s Peking University. He also earned his MBA from Yale University and MA from George Washington University.
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    Y.S. Lee

    Investment Professional

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    Highlight Capital

    China

    Y.S. Lee has extensive experience in IPO, M&A, and deal transactions in various sectors. He is a trilingual speaker, he can speak Chinese, English, and Korean fluently. Mr. Lee received his B.S in Economics from Fudan University.
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    Stanley Kang

    Director

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    Etri Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Stanley Kang, is the director of Etri Holdings Inc., an investment company that specializes in technology commercialization businesses of ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute). Through 10 years of work experience as an Investment Manager, he successfully managed to generate a very high return since the beginning of his company foundation, being listed on KOSDAQ in 2019. Before joining Etri Holdings, he worked as a founding member of two startups, taking charge of management and sales, respectively, and general technology affairs of Vietnam’s telecommunication service business. Prior to this, he worked at SK Hynix as a software developer for 10 years, as well as at a spin-off startup, successfully taking the lead of the ADSL market in Korea. Furthermore, he has extensive work experience in diverse work fields, including pre-test supervisor for domestic and international product supply and pre-training for operators.
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    Seung Ha Ku

    Managing Partner

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    CreditEase

    Republic of Korea

    Seungha Ku, Managing Partner, leads the global private equity business within CreditEase and is responsible for the overall management, strategy and investment decisions. Seungha manages ~$800 million in AUM and oversees ~70 existing private equity investments globally. Prior to CreditEase, Seungha worked at private equity group within GCM Grosvenor and Credit Suisse in Hong Kong where he was responsible for sourcing, evaluating and monitoring investments. Prior to Credit Suisse, Seungha worked at Macquarie in New York where he worked on M&A and capital markets advisory activities. Seungha graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics and studied at Tsinghua University.
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    Kurt Koo

    Managing Director

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    Synergy IB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Kurt Koo, Managing Director of Synergy IB Investment, majored in computer science and later became a software engineer. In 1999, he started a Dot-com company based in Manhattan. Now, he is a venture capitalist/representative fund manager who is running 3 funds. He formerly worked as a developer at WebCash, Kakao, and Nexon. During his 10 years at Nexon, he developed 4 online games such as Mabinogi, Counterstrike Online and etc. He is active in the machine learning sector as he currently serves as Head Dean/research fellow of School of AI and Tech Advisor of MarkTechPost. He finished in the top10 at the 2018 RetroSonic Contest(hosted by OpenAI) and reached the second round in the 2018 Prosthetics Challenge at NeurIPS. As a venture capitalist, he vibrantly discusses technology as well as business content. He is known as the first institutional investor who invested in the no.1 interior O2O(online to offline) startup, ZipDoc. His portfolio includes OncoQuest(ovarian cancer immunotherapy company/BioTech) and E Green Global (seed potato/ AgTech) and ST Unitas (no.1 in online education).
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    Aera Kwon

    Director

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    Daedeok Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Aera Kwon, Director of Daedeok Venture Partners, was formerly in charge of strategy development at LG Electronics CSO Business Development Team. Before LG Electronics, she was ICT industry analysist at Korea Development Bank Research Center. Former positions include CSO at WADIZ and strategy development at AhnLab Strategy Planning Department.
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    Kyong Won Kim

    Representative Fund Manager

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    HYU Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Kyong Won Kim, Representative Fund Manager at HYU Holdings, has experience in marketing, new frontiers, business management at conglomerate, public enterprise, and venture enterprise. Due to his former experience as a businessman, he seeks mutual growth with startups. He has much investment reference on outstanding startup investments and many cases of technology commercialization.
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    Dong Chan Kim

    General Manager

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    L&S Venture Capital

    Republic of Korea

    Dong Chan Kim is a bio/fashion/beauty specialized venture capitalist who seeks for early-stage startup investments. He studied bio drug delivery system at Korea University Graduate School of Life Sciences. Formerly, a cosmetics researcher at LG H&H, he has experience in developing various products and launching new brands. He has authored 『All That Cosmetics』, a science-based cosmetic book, and give lectures and advises startups/college students who wish to start a business in the beauty industry. As a bio-majored venture capitalist from the Cosmetic Research Institute, he focuses his investment in the field of bio, beauty and fashion.
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    Sung Ha Kim

    Team Leader

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    Etri Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Sung Ha Kim, currently Investment Team Leader at Etri Holdings, has been investing in 11 Deep Tech startups over 4 years. Before joining Etri Holdings, he was a CEO at Able Korea, in charge of planning and designing. Able Korea supplied 3G/4G Mobile Phone Self-Sufficiency System to domestic MVNO telecommunications industry and educational tablet PCs to e-learning service firms.
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    Si Nae Kim

    Associate

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    Neoplux

    Republic of Korea

    Sinae Kim, a VC investment professional at Neoplux graduated from Yonsei University, majoring in English language and literature. For about one year and a half since 2017, he experienced internships at several firms including The Boston Consulting Group, Deloitte M&A financial advisory, pre-IPO asset management/PEF/venture capital, and joined Neoplux in July 2019. He has invested and been involved in investments related to IT H/W, IT services, and the retail/commerce sector.
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    Yong Keon Kim

    Vice President

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    Bluepoint Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Yong Keon Kim, Vice President of Bluepoint Partners, was formerly in charge of Manufacturing/QC at PLASMART. After merging with MKS, he took lead in Global Sourcing. After that, he used his field experience to help startups by founding Bluepoint Partners. Before working at PLASMART, he was an engineer at Samsung Mobile and Samsung Electronics where he developed robots and suspension. He also developed industrial equipment while working at Bioptro.
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    JIn Soo Kim

    Director

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    KT Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jin Soo Kim, Director of KT Investment, has over 10 years of experience in new venture(cloud service, energy, healthcare) at Future Strategy/New Venture Development Department of KT. After that, he has invested in 20 companies for 5 years at KT Investment. His investment especially focuses on the AI, self-driving and mobile sector.
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    Payton Kim

    CEO

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    MIrae Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Payton Kim founded 2 companies, one in Korea and the other in the US. He loves to work with staff and encourage them. He has extensive experience in retail business(Apple Premium Reseller), Internet service business, and IT product development. He excels at evangelist through leadership, marketing, sales, and product development. Mirae Holding Company brings together researchers and businesses to capitalize on the ideas developed at 4 major Institutes of Science and Technology in Korea, namely, KAIST, UNIST, GIST, and DGIST. Invest in seed, early, and expansion stage technology startups (primary focus is on seed, but also selectively invest in Series A and later-stage startups). Tech Transfer (IP transfer, License, Joint Venture, and Startup) R&BD project with the Korean government.
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    Hyoung Wook Kim

    Investment Manager

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    Kiwoom Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Hyoung Wook Kim graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a major in biology. After college, he went to work at pharmaceutical company, Chong Kun Dang and afterwards finished MBA at KAIST. He joined Kiwoom Investment in 2015 and has been investing in the bio/healthcare sector. He also is involved in overseas investment with his various global experience.
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    Tae Seok Rho

    Senior Investment Manager`

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    MIrae Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Taeseok Rho, a Senior Investment Manager at MiraeHoldings, is in charge of seed investment and TIPS recommendation for technology-based early-stage startups. Before joining, he co-founded a commerce specialized accelerator, ‘SmartFarmer’, investing and developing startups in local regions. Prior to this, he worked at Pusan National University, giving lectures, analyzing companies, and conducting management consulting.
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    Mark Ryoo

    General Manager

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    Korea Science and Technology Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Mark Ryoo, General Manager of Korea Science and Technology Holdings, was in charge of R&D and business development as the President of VeriFone Korea. He started working as semiconductor research at Hynix and went on to establish Orange Logic. As a CEO at Orange Logic, he directed R&D, investment promotion and later successfully led M&A with VeriFone in 2010.
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    Jae Hyun Park

    CEO

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    New Paradigm Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Hyun Park, CEO of New Paradigm Investment, specializes in 4IR commercialization by accelerating innovative startups. As Managing Director of LB Investment and Senior Manager of SBI Investment, he has successfully managed 213 billion won and has done direct investment of 125 billion won along with double profit. His portfolio includes 10 IPOs and 4 M&As with companies such as CIS, Hansol Secure, Dexter Studios, Mindslab, Market Kurly, Waug Travel, Yellow Mobile, 4:33 Creative Lab, Nature Republic, Dasan Networks, Handysoft, Global Tax Free. He has job experience at SK Hynix and SK. He earned his MBA at KAIST.
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    Jin Young Park

    Senior Associate

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    Murex Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Before joining Murex Partners, Jin Young Park was in charge of projects at C-Lab and advance development at Samsung Electronics IT&Mobile Communications Department. He did market research for smartphone development and reviewed and applied for a patent and HW Layout design for design feasibility. He also was in charge of the interior self-driving robot development project at C-Lab. Jin Young was head of the project and developed algorithms for stereo-vision camera-based object detection and localization.
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    Hyuk Jin Park

    Senior Investment Manager

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    We Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Hyuk Jin Park, Team Leader of We Ventures, was the former CFO of cosmetics distribution venture B2Link. As a founding member, he was in charge of IR(to domestic/foreign VC) and operation(KPI management) while the company’s annual revenue reached about 40 billion won. Hyuk Jin started his career as a consultant at US consulting firm PwC(LA branch) where he did risk management and management consulting.
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    Hyun Jeong Park

    Director

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    Y&Archer

    Republic of Korea

    Before joining Y&Archer, Hyun Jeong Park was a co-founder of a women-led startup. She has experience in planning a new venture for curation service, opening an online shopping platform, and directing/managing market research and merchandise planning. Prior to founding a company, she was in charge of the coordination/consultation of startup marketing as the chief consultant of a university research center. At Y&Archer, Hyun Jeong is a Director who seeks and invests in early-stage startups.
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    Young Seok Song

    Managing Director

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    KB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Young-Seok Song, Managing Director of KB Investment, has been working in venture capital since 1997. He contributed to small and medium-sized domestic venture company’s foundation and growth by investing a total of approximately 80 billion won to 50 companies across diverse business fields. With 23 years of experience, he actively shares his opinion with the industry and has contributed to resolving current issues in the venture industry directly and indirectly through the Venture Capital Association, etc. Currently, he mainly reviews investments in series A of early-stage business startups, which often leads to investments in series B and C as early-stage companies develop. To this end, he continues his interest in investments of early-stage companies, entry of new businesses of medium-or-larger-sized companies, and overseas expansion of domestic companies.
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    Eun Kang Song

    CEO

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    Capstone Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Eun Kang Song, Founder of Capstone Partners, invests mainly in ICT. He founded Capstone in 2008 and invested in over 150 startups including Daagn, Spoon Radio, FSN, Zigbang, Kurley. Over the past 10 years, he has been hosting investment assessment channel, “Just Start! Don’t Be Chicken!” He is also dedicated to developing the domestic startup ecosystem through mentoring and examining at various venture contests. He graduated from Seoul National University with a BS in Statistics and completed his MA at KAIST School of Computing. After school, he went on to work at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology and Samsung Research. He has experience as Associate of Cambridge Samsung Partners and invested in companies such as C-bridge System, N*able Technology and more.
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    Aaron Shin

    Managing Director

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    Ascendo Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Aaron Shin is the co-founder and CEO of Ascendo Ventures. Prior to his business, he was an Asia-based Investment Partner at Formation 8, making investments in companies around Korea and Silicon Valley including fields in entertainment, e-commerce, consumer technology, AI, digital healthcare, VR, and more. He also helped invested companies expand their business across Asia and the United States as a follow-up to the investment. Before Formation 8, he was an Investment Officer at Softbank Ventures.
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    Wook Ahn

    Managing Director

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    SEMA Translink Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Wook Ahn is a CPA who has various audit and corporate M&A consulting experiences at Samil PWC and Samjung accounting firms. Based on the experiences, Ahn was in charge of PEF investment at GK Investment, Woori PE and Hanhwa Investment. He made growth capital investment in STS Semiconductor Communication, PK Valve, CMS Education and other companies. He manages growth capital investment in startups entering into the growth stage. In addition, based on his accounting expertise, he provides advice on the financial issues with investee companies.
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    Min Young Oh

    Head of Retail Investments

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    Ilshin Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Min Young Oh currently heads consumer retail investments at Ilshin Investment. Before her time at Ilshin, Minyoung was in the fashion industry with strategic planning and merchandising experience at Samsung Fashion and Burberry Korea. Prior to moving to Seoul, Minyoung was an investment banker, specializing in M&A advisory, both at Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and Citi in New York City.
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    Jeremy Oh

    Director

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    KB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jeremy Oh, beforejoining KB Investment, served as a content expert investment judge at TimeWise Investment. He was mainly in charge of investment in Culture Contents projects,as well played a role in judging investments in diverse contents investment, such as performance, exhibition, and drama. Prior to this, he worked at film investment distributors including Warner Brothers Korea, Taewon Entertainment, and Siders, where he took part in content production, content planning, and distribution.With his know-how from these content projects, he is currently in KB Investment, taking charge of corporate investment in webtoons and web drama producers. As of COVID-19, his interest in non-contact culture content producers and platforms increased, further taking a step to review content-technology companiesthat base their culture contents on AI technology. In addition, he also takes interest in diverse industrial sectors, including fashion, service, and O2O. Asan investment reviewer, he is currently operating two culture content funds, respectively 25 billion won and 40 billion won.
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    Soung Pil Yun

    Venture Capitalist

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    네오플럭스

    Republic of Korea

    Soung Pil Yun, Venture Capitalist of Neoplux, formerly worked as an analyst at NHN Investment PE Department. His interest in engineering and finance lead him to be a venture capitalist. Currently, Soung Pil is interested in IT/Fin Tech/contents sector.
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    Dong Jun Lee

    Managing Director

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    GAIA Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Dong Jun Lee, Managing Director of Gaia Venture Partners, is in charge of investment in the cultural contents. At present, he manages three PIFs(professional investment fund) and is especially interested in movies, TV programs, and animation. He formerly worked at IBK and Tube Investment.
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    Logan Lee

    Executive Director

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    C&Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Logan Lee, Executive Director of C&Venture Partners, is in charge of TIPS operation. He focuses on the acceleration of seed investment, follow-up investment, and making inroads overseas. Formerly, at nTels, he searched for early-stage startups and supported them with seed investment. He is also a doctor of engineering with teaching experience and has supported technology commercialization at universities.
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    Min Geun Lee

    Manager

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    SBI Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Min Geun Lee joined SK Group in 2014, and SBI Investment in 2016 as a member of the Investment Team, where he experienced 20 venture investment/management/exit companies over the 5 years. SBI Investment is Japan`s leading venture capital, which has more than 2 trillion won in funds, including CVC funds. Major portfolios include AI inside, Cogent Labs, RPA Holdings in RPA, Showroom in live broadcasting/content, Ichikara, Moi, and among Korean companies, Gowid, Coinplug, and Bithumb. In addition to investment, he also takes part in fund management/raising, and works on various tasks related to Korea. In February 2020, he served as an executive officer Sales Department manager of SBI Everspin, a subsidiary of SBI Holdings.
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    Seok Jae Lee

    Executive Director

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    Wonik Investment Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Seok Jae Lee, Executive Director of Wonik Investment Partners, utilized his mechatronic knowledge to design IT components, machinery, control SW at Samsung Electronics and Samsung Motors Institute of Technology. In 1999, he set foot in the venture ecosystem. Ever since then, he has been carrying out various VC projects as a Principal. Currently, he is head fund manager of 3 funds at Wonik Investment Partners. He started a fund(on a 40 billion won scale) that specializes in investment for early stage startups. Seok Jae is maintaining intimate partnership with his investment groups by advising sourcing for personnel, additional funding, business management and more. He is especially interested in forming a new business model by converging ICT/SW/healthcare technology startups, manufacturing companies, and ICT technology.
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    Soo Mi Lee

    Analyst

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    Y Alliance Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Soo Mi Lee, Analyst of Y Alliance Investment, has over 20 years of experience in the IT industry including Samsung SDS. At Samsung, she was in charge of designing/managing applications used by Samsung Electronics employees. After that, she transferred to Samsung SDS and worked as Merchandise Designer at Solution Business Department. She was fascinated by Y Alliance Investment’s vision “Hearty Investment for the Health of Good People” and joined the company to share her experience with startups.
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    Joo Hyuck Lee

    Principal

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    SBI Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Joo-hyuck Lee has experience as a Venture Capitalist at BSK Investment. Based on investment experience, he joined SBI Investment. He has invested numerous early-stage venture corporations and has a wide human network in the start-up industry. In particular, he is interested in business sectors such as ICT, Games, and Healthcare.
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    Chang Ho Lee

    Managing Director

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    Intervalue Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Chang Ho Lee, Managing Director of Intervalue Partners, was previously in charge of Strategy Planning at OLED display company, Viatron Technology. He has experience in M&A investment assessment/IR and prolific networks with professionals in the IT industry. Before working at Vitaron Technology, he was head of R&D at an IT company that specialized in LED/optical communications/MEMS.
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    Chang Hwan Lee

    Principal

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    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Korea

    Republic of Korea

    Chang Hwan Lee joined KKR in 2012 and is a member of the Private Equity team. At KKR, Mr. Lee has been involved with the firm's activities in South Korea and its investment in Oriental Brewery, Ticket Monster, LS Automotive, and KCF Technologies. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Lee was an analyst with Goldman Sachs where he was involved in M&A advisory in South Korea. He holds a B.B.A., summa cum laude, from College of Business Administration, Seoul National University.
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    Hyun Suk Lee

    Principal

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    STIC Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Hyunsuk Lee, Principal of STIC Ventures, focuses on investment in AI, Fintech, e-commerce and ICT service sector. His portfolio includes Fount, Together Funding, apptest.ai, Millie and more. Before joining STIC, he was in charge of new product planning at Samsung Electronics IT&Mobile Division. He built expertise in the IT technology/market while planning market strategies for VR, IoT, Wearable devices, convergence, tablet and more.
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    Hyung Joo Lee

    Manager

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    Samho Green Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Hyung Joo Lee is a manager at Samho Green Investment. Mr. Lee is responsible for startup investment activity and small cap M&A. Prior to joining Samho Green Investment, Mr. Lee worked as a Manager at Deloitte Korea, where he led managing financial due diligence for a variety of clients and conducting sell/buy-side advisory roles on a number of buy-outs and financial transactions. He also worked as a Senior Associate at Deloitte Korea, where he accumulated a variety of experiences in relation to audit and regulatory reporting. Mr. Lee is KICPA and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yonsei University.
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    Brian Jang

    Senior Associate

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    Kakao Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Brian has joined Kakao Ventures in 2014 and invested in various early-stage startups such as Daangn Market, Cleaning Lab, Fabric Time, Veluga Brewery, and SocialBean. He is especially attracted to those who solve problems that can be found in everyday life and in business. He previously worked in the field of equity research at Hana Financial Investment.
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    Anna Jang

    Department Leader

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    Incheon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation

    Republic of Korea

    Anna Jang, Investment Department Leader of Incheon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, has been assisting startups on funding and management for over 15 years. She holds a CMC(Certified Management Consultant) awarded by Ministry of SMEs and Startups and does lectures about startups at universities. After moving to Incheon Center for Creative Economy and Innovation, she has started a fund and has been working as Executive Fund Manager that invests in startups.
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    Ji Young Jang

    Representative Fund Manager

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    MIrae Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Ji Young Jang, Representative Fund Manager of Mirae Holdings, has earned her bachelor in Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University and her M.E. at KAIST College of Business. She has experienced the entire construction field in person. With that experience, she converted to technology commercialization by establishing YSU Holdings and its subsidiary. She took her talents to the Agency for Defense Development and made plans to commercialize defense technology in private sectors. Currently, her area of responsibility is technology investment in hardware, fusion biotechnology at Mirae Holdings.
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    Josh Chun

    Partner

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    Bridge Alliance Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Before founding Bridge Alliance Partners, Josh Chun started a private-equity investment firm, Nautics Equity Partners, whose first M&A fund acquired an IT company. Before Nautics, Josh worked at private-equity firms, Dominus Investment and EastBridge Partners as an investment analyst. Previous to the private-equity experience, Josh was a management consultant at Oliver Wyman where he was engaged in strategy consulting projects in the financial industry, both in Seoul and Hong Kong office.
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    Ted Jeong

    Managing Partner

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    KSV Global Innovations

    Republic of Korea

    Ted Jeong has served as the Managing Partner of KSV Global Innovations (KSV), a transformative innovation-focused venture capital firm targeting early and growth-stage companies primarily in the United States and Korea. He has more than 20 years of experience as a venture capitalist and a financial executive. Before joining KSV, Mr. Jeong served in various roles of progressive responsibility at Rexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: REXN), including Chief Financial Officer and Board Director. From 1997 to 2002, he served as the Senior Investment Manager at Hyundai Venture Investment Corporation, where he operated two of the first healthcare venture capital funds in Korea. Mr.Jeong received his B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Pohang University of Science & Technology. He also holds an M.S. in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland.
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    Hyuk Jung

    Associate

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    PKSHA Technology Capital

    Republic of Korea

    Hyuk Jung majored in Mass Communication at Waseda University and got his MA studying Global Business Communication at Fudan University. He previously worked at Lotte Institute of Business&Economy and Korea Economic Daily. Currently, he works as an Associate at Japan VC, PKSHA Technology Capital. PKSHA Technology Capital is an Asian fund focusing its investment in Korean/Chinese/Japanese companies and has raised 10 billion yen. Hyuk Jung is fluent in Korean, Chinese, Japanese and English with a broad scale of understanding in the Korean/Chinese/Japanese IT sector. He is supporting many Korean startups to branch out to all over Asia.
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    Jae Man Cho

    Head of Department

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    GAIA Venture Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Jae Man Cho is the Head of Department and Senior Investment Manager at Gaia Venture Partners. He previously worked in the Development Planning Department at a domestic broadcasting company (KBSN) and newspaper company (The Korea Economy Daily, Korea JoongAng Daily). He was in charge of funds and investment partnership through fund management, investment review, and policy management. He is currently progressing investments in Culture Content and Oceans/Fisheries as a Senior Investment Manager at Gaia Venture Partners, a venture company that operates six Fund of Funds (government-funded investment associations). Mr. Cho conducts Gaia Innovation Growth Marketing Investment Association and Gaia Fisheries Venture Startup Investment Association as his main responsibility.
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    Jin Hwan Cho

    General Manager

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    Mirae Asset Venture Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Jinhwan Cho, General Manager of Mirae Asset Venture Investment, invests in IT/mobile services, commerce, and technology-based(AI, semiconductor, etc.) companies. Before working at Mirae Asset Venture Investment, he was in charge of M&A at Coupang. He is also the co-founder of Frip(activity platform startup) where he planned business strategy and attracted investment. His resume includes planning investment at Kakao Ventures and arranging business strategy at Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Cho also has experience in planning mobile applications at a game developing company, Nexon Mobile. He seeks to give practical assistance with his experience to startups, including how to attract investment, growth investment, M&A, PMI and etc. He acquired AICPA, majored in industrial engineering, and minored in business management at KAIST.
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    Han Jin Cho

    Deputy Manager

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    JNU Holdings

    Republic of Korea

    Han Jin Choi, Deputy Manager of JNU Holdings, is a lawyer and member of Jeonnam Angel Club. He is in charge of managing/seeking companies at NUC-4 Private Investment Fund and Bitgaram Private Investment Fund (both operated by JNU Holdings). Before joining JNU Holdings, he handled legal cases and did counseling for local governments/companies.
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    Mike Cho

    Business Analyst

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    Kakao Ventures

    Republic of Korea

    Mike(Hyunik Cho) is responsible for working with teams across Asia, particularly Japan and Southeast Asia. He strives to be an effective facilitator across different markets, with an earnest and open attitude. He constantly seeks answers to ‘Why?’ and is eager to work with ‘Problem solvers’ of today.
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    Hyun Ju Cho

    Senior Investment Manager

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    Timewise Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Hyun Ju Cho, currently a Senior Investment Manager at Timewise Investment, is in charge of content investment review. Before joining Timewise Investment, she worked at ‘Sony Pictures Releasing Walt Disney Company Korea’, responsible for the distribution of films such as , and . Prior to her career at Sony Disney, she worked at CGV Program Team, where she took responsibility in scheduling screening and IMAX related work.
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    Yong Hee Han

    Senior Investment Manager

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    KB Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Yong Hee Han, Senior Investment Manager of KB Investment, earned his BA in sociology at Yonsei University. His past experience includes investment assessment in the contents and VC industry. Currently, he is vibrantly investing in B2C areas such as entertainment, consumer, and commerce.
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    Ben Hyun

    Vice President

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    Evergreen Investment Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Ben Hyun, Vice President of Evergreen Investment Partners, has over 15 years of experience in industry analysis with investment outcomes in Mirae Nanotech, Partron, Ubivelox, LTC and etc. He previously worked at Korea Long Term Credit Bank, Korea Technology Investment Corporation, NHN Investment, and more. For a brief period, he was in charge of IPO and Management Planning as CFO at Kweather and Caregen. Currently, he is focusing on startup investment as a partner at Evergreen Investment Partners. His portfolio includes Laftel, EOFlow, Genesystem, and more than 20 startups. He is constantly searching to invest in startups by building relationships with accelerators, local governments, universities and etc.
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    Jong K. Hong

    Managing Partner

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    Evergreen Investment Partners

    Republic of Korea

    Jong K. Hong started his career as a fund manager with Korea Investment Trust Co.,Ltd. and worked at its London office for 5 years. He moved to Salomon Smith Barney Inc. and experienced several cross-border deals. In 1999, he entered a start-up industry and acted as CEO with e-Capital Co.,Ltd. and Solbon Investment, Inc. He established Evergreen Investment Partners,LLC in March 2016.
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    Jeong Cheol Hong

    CFO

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    Infobank Corp

    Republic of Korea

    Hong Jong Cheol is the CEO of iAccel business division, the investment division of Infobank, and is in charge of TIPS program operation and investment generalization. He is the Representative Fund Manager of Infobank Angel Fund No.1 and No.2 and has led 115 startup investments in Infobank Corp. over the past five years. He is also a leader of SW High Growth CLUB, Ministry of Science and ICT, and official mentor of Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development, LOTTE Accelerator, SHINHAN Future’s Lab, etc. Before joining Infobank, he was a director of a patent consulting company and conducted many patent consulting services. He is also supporting startups to build their patent portfolios as an IP expert. He registered more than 2,300 patents as a patent inventor.

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