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    Sophie Kim

    CEO

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    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 Lagarrigue

    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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    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 Port 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.
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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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    Andrew Baisley

    Managing Director

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    Tech in Asia

    Singapore

    As Managing Director of Tech in Asia Studios, Andrew helps global brands connect with startups, entrepreneurs and investors across Asia. He leads a regional team focused on multi-media content production, sales, account management and strategy. Prior to joining Tech in Asia, Andrew spent more than 5 years at Facebook helping to build out the company's global data partnerships business, growing these channel partnerships from $10 million to more than $4 billion in ARR. Originally from New York City, Andrew spent his earlier career in a number of video and AdTech startups, focusing on product management before shifting into business development and partnerships roles.

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