SpeakersSEOUL CLIMATE-ENERGY CONFERENCE 2017
(Ordered by Last Name)
Ahn, Byung-okVice Minister
Ministry of Environment, Korea
Dr. Ahn is the Vice Minister of Environment in the Republic of Korea. Prior to his appointment in the government as Vice Minister, he headed the Institute for Climate Change Action (ICCA), a nongovernmental organization providing research, analysis and commentary covering climate change and energy issues.
His passion for the environment grew as he joined the Korean Institute for Pollution Problems (KIPP) in 1985 as a graduate student, at a time when the environmental movement was just getting started in Korea.
Later, as a German Öekumenisches Studienwerk scholar, he spent time in Germany and researched ecology at the University of Essen. After earning a Doctoral degree in Germany, he returned to Korea to join the Korea Federation for Environmental Movement (KFEM), the biggest environmental NGO in Asia with about 40,000 members. In 2007, Dr. Ahn was selected as the Secretary General of KFEM and was involved in various environmental and social issues in the country.
Owing to his expertise in the field of environment and climate change as both scholar and activist, he was appointed last June as the first Vice Minister of Environment in the Moon administration.
Embassy of Mongolia, Korea
Ambassador of Mongolia to the Republic of Korea (2013-). Formerly, he served as Director-General of the Asia and the Pacific Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Mongolia (2008-2013).
He has also been Ambassador of Mongolia to Vietnam (2004-2008), State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia (2001-2003) and Director-General of the Public Affairs Department at the Ministry of External Relations of Mongolia (1998-2000). And he has been Senior Officer in charge of the USA Affairs of the Asia & Americas Department at Ministry of External Relations of Mongolia (1993-1995) and Expert at the Korea Affairs Desk of the Asia and Africa Dept at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia (1993-1995). Before that, he was an attaché of the Embassy of Mongolia to the DPRK, Pyongyang and Expert at Korean Affairs Desk at Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia.
He has studied at the Pedagogical Institute of Russian Language, at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, United States.
Bamsey, HowardExecutive Director
Green Climate Fund
Ambassador Bamsey has spent most of his career in international diplomacy and public service. He is a widely recognized negotiator in the global response to climate change who co-chaired the United Nations ‘Dialogue on Long-term Cooperative Action on Climate Change by Enhancing Implementation of the Convention’. Mr. Bamsey’s role in this body helped shape a strategic approach to advance the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including on adaptation and the use of technology and market mechanisms.
As a representative of the government of Australia, he served in main United Nations centres, including New York, Geneva and Vienna. During his 30 years in the Australian Foreign Service, he also served as Special Adviser on Sustainable Development to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and as Special Adviser on Green Growth to AusAID. Earlier in his career, he was Australia’s Special Envoy on Climate Change, a function held at Ambassadorial level, as well as a Deputy Secretary in the Australian Public Service and CEO of the Australian Greenhouse Office.
Before joining the Green Climate Fund, Mr. Bamsey was Honorary Professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University. Concurrently, he was Special Adviser to Baker and McKenzie and Special Representative for GNIplus, a consortium helping countries implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to climate action. And between 2013 and 2014, Mr. Bamsey was Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) which, like the Green Climate Fund, is based in the Republic of Korea.
Ban, Ki-moonThe 8th Secretary-General
Mr. Ban Ki-moon has been elected as Chairman of the IOC Ethics Committee since September 2017. Mr. Ban has also been appointed as the Honorary Chairman at the Institute of Global Engagement & Empowerment (IGEE), and the Ban Ki-moon Center for Sustainable Development at the renowned Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea since July 2017.
Prior to his election as Chairman of the IOC Ethics Commission, and his appointment as the Honorary Chairman at IGEE, Mr. Ban had served two consecutive terms as the Eighth Secretary General of the United Nations (2007-2016).
Throughout his tenure at the UN, Mr. Ban sought to be a bridge builder, to give voice to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to make the Organization itself more transparent and effective. He pressed successfully for action to combat climate change, an effort that culminated in the adoption and rapid entry into force of the landmark Paris Agreement in 2016. Mr. Ban worked closely with member states of the UN to shape the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to establish UN Women, thereby advancing the Organization’s work for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Mr. Ban has also taken major efforts to strengthen UN peace operations, protect human rights, improve humanitarian response, prevent violent extremism and revitalize disarmament agenda.
At the time of his appointment at the UN, Mr. Ban was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. His 37 years with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C., and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Vice Minister, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General for American Affairs. Mr. Ban has also been actively involved in issues relating to inter-Korean relations by serving as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization.
Mr. Ban received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. To date, Mr. Ban has received a number of honorary doctorate degrees from many internationally renowned and distinguished universities.
Cho, Hwan-EikPresident & CEO
Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)
Dr. Hwan-Eik Cho has been Chief Executive Officer and President at Korea Electric Power Corp. since December 17, 2012. He served as the President at Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency. Mr. Cho served as Director of Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co. Ltd and served as Chief Executive Officer of Korea Export Insurance Corporation.
Dr. Cho was Vice Minister of Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy. Mr. Cho is Chair-professor of Hanyang University, Ansan Campus. He holds Ph.D. in business administration from the Hanyang University.
He was awarded the Silver Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit in 2014 and the Yellow Stripes Order of Service Merit in 2006. He was also selected as the CEO of the year in 2015.
Choi, Jun KyunProfessor
KAIST Electrical Engineering
Prof. Jun Kyun Choi received the Ph.D degree in 1988 in electronics engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). During year 1986 ~ 1997, he was with the Electronics and Telecommunication Research Institute (ETRI), Korea. At year 1998, he joined the Information and Communications University (ICU), Korea as Professor. At year 2009, he moves to Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
During year 2011 ~ 2014, he served as director of IT convergence center, KAIST. Dr. Choi was an active member of ITU-T Study Group 13 as a Rapporteur or Editor from year 1993 on the ATM, MPLS, and NGN issues. He was Head of Korean Delegation (1993 - 2010) and the working group chairman of IPTV Focus Group (year 2006 – 2007).
Hwang, Seung HoExecutive Vice President
Hyundai Motor Group
Seung Ho Hwang was appointed as an Executive Vice President to lead Vehicle IT Service Division at Hyundai Motor Company in February 2014. He is responsible for managing automotive telematics businesses and Big Data center for the whole corporate. Before he joined Hyundai Motor Company he worked for System LSI Division of Samsung Electronics from 2008. He joined Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology in 2006 and worked about one and half years before he moved to System LSI Division. He worked at Silicon Image Inc. from 1996 to 2006, where he developed two de facto industry standards, Digital Visual Interface (DVI) and High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI). He is the key inventor of HDMI technology. From 1990 to 1997 he was with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) as a faculty member, where he published several tens of international journal and conference papers. From 1989 to 1990 he was with Schlumberger Technologies in San Jose, CA. From 1981 to 1984 he worked at Central R&D Center of Daewoo Heavy Industries.
He received Ph.D. degree from University of California, Berkeley in 1989, M.S. degree from KAIST in 1981, and B.S. degree from Seoul National University in 1979, all in electrical engineering
Hwang, WoohyunSenior Vice President
Regional Headquarters KEPCO, Jeju
Dr. Hwang Woohyun is a CEO of the Regional Headquarters KEPCO, Jeju as a Senior Vice President since 2017.
Since joining KEPCO at 1986, he worked and specialized in distribution such as planning, designing, operation and maintenance until 2000. After than he also managed ‘Distribution Automation System’ of KEPCO HQ and its whole branch offices. From 2008 he started to handle Smart Grid Test Bed Project at Jeju Island with government. At present he is the leading experts at the S/G field.
In 2012, implemented ESS, WT, PV, EV, AMI, DAS at Gapa Island as a S/G pilot project with own operating system. In 2013, as a vice president of SG&ESS Department, he developed the concept of S/G Station, Smart city and town. First station was built at KEPCO Guri branch office. After than 116 more S/G Station were built all over the nation.
Furthermore, he started Energy Internet pilot project. Especially he put a lot of effort on Carbon Free Island(CFI) Jeju by 2030 project. First, established clear vision and road map for CFI 2030. Second, built disaster management system based on big data. And now he started to build a Smart EV Parking Building by V2G tech and ESS system.
KAIST Graduate School of Green Growth
(Co-chair Seoul Climate-Energy Conference)
Dr. Younghwan In is Associate Professor of Economics and Head of Graduate School of Green Growth at KAIST. Prior to joining KAIST, he worked in the Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy and taught in the National University of Singapore. He received his B.A. (cum laude) from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from Brown University. He serves as an associate editor of the Korean Journal of Economic Studies, a journal of the Korean Economic Association.
His areas of research are game theory, industrial organization, and microeconomic theory. His research focuses on equilibrium concepts, bargaining, and auctions. His papers have been published in leading economics journals like the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the International Journal of Game Theory. His current research interest includes mechanism design problems for siting environmentally noxious facilities.
Izadi-Najafabadi, AliGlobal Head of Intelligent Mobility
Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Ali oversees an analyst team focused on research and analysis on the emerging field of intelligent mobility. The team produces analysis on business models, technologies and policies related to ride hailing, car sharing and autonomous driving. Prior to this role, Ali managed Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s Japan and Korea research team.
Ali’s prior experience includes working at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the fuel cell manufacturer, Ballard Power Systems. Ali has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Doctorate in Materials Science from Meijo University.
Jeong, Gue JaeResearch Fellow, Electric Power Policy Research Division, Korea Energy Economics Institute
Dr. Gue Jae Jeong was born on October 22, 1957 in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province. He has been employed at Korea Energy Economics Institute since 1988 and he is currently working at Electric Power Policy Research Division. He pursued his master degree at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies from 1980 to 1983, majoring in Economics and achieved his doctoral degree in Energy Economics at Korea Polytechnic University in 2008. Even his major research field is demand-side management in electric power sector, he recently conducts some research projects on power grid interconnection in Northeast Asia region.
Kim, Chan WooAmbassador for Climate Change
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Korea
Mr. Kim Chan-Woo currently serves as Ambassador for Climate Change in the Ministry of Foreign affairs of the Republic of Korea.
He served as Ambassador to the Republic of Kenya, and also as Permanent Representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat for three years from May 2011 to February 2014. In Kenya, he chaired both the Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) of UN-Habitat and the CPR of UNEP.
Ambassador Kim joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984. He worked at the Korean Embassies in Denmark and the Philippines and the Korean Delegation to the OECD in France. He worked as Senior Coordinator in charge of environmental cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as Director-General for international cooperation in the Ministry of Environment. He also served as Ambassador for Arctic Affairs and also as Deputy Chief Negotiator for Climate Change handling the negotiations on the Post-2020 climate regime.
Over the last 20-odd years he has handled a wide spectrum of environmental issues, in particular those related to the UNCSD, the OECD and the UNEP, and multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) such as UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, CBD and Nagoya Protocol, Ramsar Convention, and Northeast Asian and bilateral environmental mechanisms.
Among others, he chaired the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 10) held in Changwon, Korea in 2008 as Alternate President. Due to his contribution to the COP, he was elected as Chair of the Standing Committee to the Ramsar Convention.
He also chaired the 3rd and final preparatory meeting for the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in Busan, Korea in 2010, and drew an agreement to establish the IPBES.
Ambassador Kim published a book Environmental Diplomacy in the 21st Century (in Korean) in 2006, and a book Post-2012 Climate Change Negotiations (in Korean) in 2010 on the basis of his experience as a negotiator of the Republic of Korea from Bali conference in 2007 to Copenhagen conference in 2009.
Dr. Donyun Kim is a Professor of Urban Design at SungKyunKwan University (SKKU) and the Director of Smart Green City Lab. He has served as a Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy and had served Committee on Green Growth to the President of Korea.
He has been a Chief Planner of Seoul Digital Media City (DMC) since 1997. He was also in charge of the Master Plan of 2012 Yeosu EXPO, Urban Renaissance for Downtown Seoul, and New Science City. Currently, he is leading Seoul’s most high profile projects such as Yongsan Regeneration and Master plan of Jamsil Olympic Trade Park. In addition, he has been involved in a national research project of Establishing a Strategy for a Low-Carbon City. As the chief researcher of the project, he improved legal system and developed Green City Index. He has also planned and consulted Irkutsk Baikal Smart City in Russia and developed new models for industry cluster in Danang, Vietnam.
Smart Green City Lab, where he serves as the director, was designated as a joint research institute by UN Habitat. Regarding this, he has been leading the collaboration program for UN's Sustainable Development Goals with UN-Habitat. He was the Conference Chairman of the 8th International Forum of Urbanism (IFoU) on True Smart and Green City in 2015. He also has served as an academic advisor of the Shanghai Asian City Forum since 2015, leading the international discourse and collaborative research on smart city. He was a visiting professor and research affiliate of the City Design and Development group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Donyun Kim was awarded a medal from National Government of Korea for his distinguished academic and professional contribution.
Kim, Hong GyunVice President
Power System Planning Department
Korea Electric Power Corporation(KEPCO)
Mr. Hong Gyun Kim, who is a Vice President, is responsible for power system planning including cross-border power grid interconnection, transmission technology development and the related policies in Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
He completed his undergraduate degree program in Electrical Engineering at Seoul National University in 1985 and his master’s degree at the same graduate school in 1997. Upon graduation from Seoul National University, he began his career at KEPCO where he has been actively involved in various projects, businesses, research work and development since 1987.
Kim, InsunAssociate Professor
University of International Business and Economics
Insun Kim holds a Ph.D. in International Relations regional economy from Waseda University. Completing a post-doc of Business Administration with Guanghua School of Management of Peking University, she now serves as an associate professor at the School of Public Administration at University of International Business and Economics. She is also the director of the Research Center for Social and Economic Studies in China, South Korea, and Japan and a distinguished professor at Samsung Economic Research Institute in China.
Her fields of expertise are social economy and sustainable development with particular interests in social enterprise, social impact investment, social value evaluation, and climate finance.
Based on research and teaching experience in China, South Korea, and Japan, her research is devoted to promoting socioeconomic development and cooperation in those three countries. She published a number of papers about corporate social responsibility and social enterprise in China, South Korea, and Japan. She participated in Asian regional economic cooperation projects from the 21st century COE program of the Ministry of Education of Japan. She also took charge of important projects of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, International Cooperation Center of National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, and Yifang foundation.
Kim, JundongSecretary General
NRF(National Research Foundation)
Jundong Kim is a Secretary General at National Research Foundation of Korea after finishing governmental official career in 2015.
He worked for Economic Policy making in Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy(MOTIE) 1992-2015. He explored diverse fields such as automobile & shipbuilding industry, renewable & nuclear power policy, etc. He had been in charge of Deputy Minister of Energy and Resource Policy in MOTIE.
He had experienced interdisciplinary studies; Political Science(BA), public administration (MA) and Economics(Ph.D.).
Kim, Sang-HyupVisiting professor KAIST Graduate School of Green Growth
Chairman Coalition for our Common Future
(Co-Chair Seoul Climate-Energy Conference)
Sang-Hyup Kim is a visiting professor at Graduate School of Green Growth, College of Business, KAIST and chairman of Coalition for Our Common Future. Prior to joining the KAIST (2013), Mr. Kim has worked at the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea from 2008 as the Secretary for National Future and Vision, where he contributed in setting the historic “Low Carbon Green Growth” vision for Korea. In 2011, he became the Senior Secretary to the President for Green Growth, coordinating the planning, developing and implementing of Korea’s Green Growth strategy. Through collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Green Growth and relevant ministries, his agenda rages from national implementation of Green Growth policies to international climate change negotiations and promoting global cooperation for making green growth a truly global asset. Moreover he served as a member of the Global Agenda Council of World Economic Forum and now he also serves as a co-chairman of Jeju Green Big Bang Committee.
Kim was formerly the Washington correspondent for Maeil Business Newspaper and a co-founding member of the World Knowledge Forum and Vision Korea Project. He has also worked at SBS, Seoul Broadcasting System, during which he set up the future and vision projects team in 2004, in addition to found and serving in the capacity of THE Executive Director of the Seoul Digital Forum.
Kim has a B.A and M.A in International Relations from Seoul National University. He has been recipient of numerous awards during his career, including: Broadcaster of the Year; Korean Broadcasters Association (2007); Hongjo Order of Service Merit (2010); Hwangjo Order of Service Merit (2012).
Kim, Young-MyoungSenior Vice President / Ph.D
Smart Energy Business Unit / KT
Young-Myoung Kim is currently leading the energy business as a senior vice president of Smart Energy Business Unit.
He has been conducting consulting and planning for ICT convergence for both central and local governments for more than 10 years. As a ICT technical expert, he was in charge of ‘Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning’ & ‘Creative convergence CP (Creative Planner)’ from 2013 to 2015. He also served as a national ICT R&D planning coordinator/advisor and managed national R&D planning for ICT convergence in energy, health, agriculture and 3D printing tech.
He served as a VP of technical strategy and management in KT’s Advanced Institute of Technology as a VP of technical. Also, he was responsible for Creative Economy Initiative with government. Moreover, he actively participated in various associations and societies, and published more than 50 papers. From 2007 to 2015, he went ahead with manpower training and Industry-University cooperation as an adjunct professor of computer science in POSTECH.
He was awarded the ‘Haedong prize’ (2009) by KICS and ‘Science and Technology Medal’(2013) in recognition of his contributions to the development of ICT industry.
He received his masters of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management Engineering from KAIST.
KAIST College of Business
Dean Youngbae Kim was newly appointed as the Dean of KAIST College of Business last March, 2017. He declared that KAIST College of Business is focusing on becoming one of the world’s top 20 universities in business education by 2025 during last year’s celebration of KCB’s 20th anniversary. KAIST College of Business education emphasizes the importance of the Technology and Management in management education. He is also emphasizing the importance of Social Responsibilities through the catch phrase, ‘Beyond Knowledge’.
Kåberger,TomasChair of Executive Board
Renewable Energy Institute
Tomas Kåberger has been the Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute since its foundation in 2011.Academically, he got an MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science at Chalmers. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology and serves as Distinguished Visiting Expert of bio-energy technology at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
Industrially, he has had leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, another company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Vattenfall, and the board of Industrifonden, an industrial investment foundation.
Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Committees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency
Lee, Chang SeokDirector
Infrastructure Finance Devision
Mirae Asset Daewoo
Chang Seok Lee is a Director in MiraeAsset Daewoo, Infrastructure Finance Division. Also, he is a member of operating committee in the Financial Relief Fund from Ministry of Environment.
He served as a Head of Alternative Investment Team in Shihan Investment corp. He worked as a consultant for establishing CERs exchange in Seoul metropolitan government.
He has Ph.D. and M.A. in Climate Change & Energy Policy from Se-Jong University regarding Solar Power Project, Biomass project, Convertible bond based CER, etc.
Lee, Keun JungResearch Director, Bang College Business
Keun Jung Lee is an Associate Professor and Research Director, Bang College of Business, KIMEP University, Republic of Kazakhstan; Associate Researcher at Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. He obtained his MBA in International Management from Chung Ang University, Korea; MSc in Energy Finance and Trade from City University London, UK and PhD in Finance from London School of Economics, UK. Dr. Keun Jung Lee published on Oil and gas industry in Sovereign Wealth Fund, Foreign exchange rate and oil price, Foreign direct investment, IPO and Corporate governance. His research and professional interests are primarily focus on the Renewable energy policy and integration of economy along New Silk Road. Furthermore, Financial markets and corporate finance in transition Economy, Culture and business performance in transition economy, Eurasia Economic Union (EEU) in globalization.
Recently, Dr. Keun Jung Lee has been invited as speaker from prestige international intuitions (hosts); Property Rights in Emerging Economies (British Academy), Kazakhstan-Korea Energy Forum ( Astana Expo, KEPCO), Policy Workshop for Efficient Management of State Owned Enterprises ( Asia Development Bank Institution), The Public Diplomacy in Central Asia ( Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea), Transformation and Economic Development in South and North Korea and Mutual Learning from Central Asia ( Academy of Korean Studies), The Strategy of Foreign Direct Investment in Kazakhstan (Korea Embassy, Kazakhstan).
Lee, Sang YupDistinguished Professor
KAIST Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
He is currently the Dean of KAIST Institutes, Director of BioProcess Engineering Research Center, and Director of Bioinformatics Research Center. He served as a Founding Dean of College of Life Science and Bioengineering. He has published more than 570 journal papers, 80 books/book chapters, and more than 630 patents, many of which licensed. He received numerous awards, including the National Order of Merit, National Science Medal, Ho-Am Prize, POSCO TJ Park Prize, the Best Scientist & Technician Award from the President of Korea, James Bailey Award, International Metabolic Engineering Award, and Marvin Johnson Award. He is currently Fellow of AAAS, AIChE, American Academy of Microbiology, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, the World Academy of Sciences, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and National Academy of Engineering Korea.
He is one of only 13 people in the world who are elected to both National Academy of Engineering USA and National Academy of Sciences USA. He is honorary professor of University of Queensland, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Wuhan University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Jiangnan University and Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology. He is Editor-in-Chief of Biotechnology Journal, and Associate Editor and board member of numerous journals.
He has served as the Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies and also Biotechnology, and is currently Chair of Global Future Council on Biotechnology at the World Economic Forum. He founded the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology in 2010 and served as a Founding Chair. He served as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology of Korea and is currently a member of Government Performance Evaluation Committee.
Embassy of Denmark, Korea
Thomas Lehmann is Ambassador of Denmark to Korea. Ambassador Lehmann has been serving at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark since 1992. Ambassador Lehmann previously served as the Head of Section in Trade Policy Department (1992-93), Head of Section in Budget/Administration Department (1993-96), Deputy Head of Mission and First secretary of Royal Danish Embassy in Dublin (1996-99), Head of Section in EU Coordination (1999-2000), Head of Section in EU Policy Department (2000-2003), Deputy Head of Mission and Minister Counselor of Royal Danish Embassy in Stockholm (2003-2007), Deputy Head of Department in EU Coordination (2007-2010), and Head of Department in EU Coordination (2010-2014).
Ambassador Lehmann is a graduate of University of Copenhagen and received Master of Science in Economics (1992).
Michael ReitererAmbassador of the EU, Korea
Michael Reiterer is currently EU-Ambassador designate to the Republic of Korea in Seoul. He previously served as Principal Advisor at the Asia and Pacific Department, European External Action Service (EEAS), Brussels; as EU-Ambassador to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein (2007-2011), Minister/Deputy Head of the EU-Delegation to Japan (2002-2006) and ASEM (Asia Europe Meeting) Counselor (1998-2002).Before joining the EU in 1998 he was Minister-Counselor at the Austrian Permanent Representation to the EU/Brussels, Counselor at the Permanent Representation of Austria to the GATT, Co-chair of the Joint Experts Group at the OECD on trade and environment, WTO-panelist, Deputy Director General for European Integration and Trade Policy at the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber as well as Austrian Deputy Trade Commissioner to West Africa and Japan.Michael Reiterer studied law at the University of Innsbruck (Dr. juris) and holds diplomas in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University/Bologna Center and the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 2005, he was appointed adjunct professor for international politics at the University of Innsbruck.
Miwa (Sean) ShigekiGeneral Manager/ Representative Director & CEO
SoftBank Group Corp/ SB Energy Corp.
Shigeki (Sean) Miwa holds several positions concurrently within the SoftBank Group including Representative Director & CEO of SB Energy Corp. (from 2017), General Manager – CEO Project Office (from 2016) at SoftBank Group Corp., Board Member of the Renewable Energy Institute (from 2014), Representative Director & CEO of Bloom Energy Japan Ltd.(from 2013) and Director of Clean Energy Asia LLC (from 2012). Before joining SoftBank in 2011, he worked for Mitsui & Co. Ltd., from 1991 mainly in the natural resources and energy sector, based in Tokyo, Sydney and Brisbane. Mr. Miwa graduated from Waseda University in Tokyo with a BA in history, received a Master of Financial Management and an MBA from the Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University in Sydney, and completed the General Management Program at Harvard Business School in Boston.
Moon, Bong-SooExecutive Vice President, Chief Power Grid Officer
Mr. Bongsoo Moon, who is an executive vice president and the Chief Power Grid Officer, is responsible for power system planning, construction, O&M and the related policies in Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO). He has lead KEPCO to introduce new UHV technologies in electric power sector including 765kV power system and the first HVDC project in Korea since 1987. Currently, he strives to realize Northeast Asia Supergrid Concept and to enhance the energy cooperation in this region
Noh, Hee jinExecutive Auditor Director
Dr. Hee Jin Noh is executive auditor director of Koscom and has been a research fellow of Korea Capital Market Institute(KCMI) from 1998 to 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Banking and Finance from the University of Georgia in 1990. He had participated in various projects such as designing Capital Market Integration Act and adopting International Financial Reporting Standards. He headed the T/F team to regulate Korean Type Hedge Fund in 2007 and FSC T/F on Private Fund in 2010. He was also in charge of the project developing green finance initiated by Presidential Green Growth Committee and participated in G-20 T/F established by Ministry of Strategy and Finance.
He was announced as one of most influential 25 people to Asian hedge fund industry by Asian Investor in 2010 and became a member of Presidential Green Growth Committee. In 2011, he was a visiting scholar to CASS (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences). He also worked for the public services. He was a member of “Korea’s Allocation Committee of Carbon Emission Rights” and a member of “Regulations Review Committee of Financial Service Commission”. Additionally, he has provided investment advices to several institutional investors including NPS.
Recently, he has been interested on climate finance, social finance, Fin-Teck and asset management. His recent works include “How to develop and utilize GCF?” “Strategy of developing carbon finance” “Developing capital market for social enterprise” “Establishing social exchange” “How to permit domestic hedge funds?”, “Fund Management”, “Theory of Green Finance” “Hedge Fund: Theory and Practice”, “Climate Finance” and “Social Finance”
Oh, Jun-HoHead and Professor
KAIST Humanoid Robot Research Center HUBO Lab
Mechanical Engineering Department
Prof. Jun Ho Oh received his B.S. and M.S. degree from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea in 1977 and 1979, respectively. After short working at Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute as a researcher from 1979 to 1981, he received Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in the field of automatic control at U.C., Berkeley in 1985. He is now a distinguished professor of mechanical engineering and the director of Humanoid robot research center(Hubo Lab) at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
He performed many industry and government research projects in motion control, sensors, microprocessor applications, and robotics, etc. He is especially interested in mechatronics and system integration. In the recently ten years, he completed unique humanoid robot series KHR-1, KHR-2, Hubo and Hubo 2. And he also developed Albert Hubo and Hubo FX-1. Recently, he leaded team KAIST and won Darpa Robot Challenge final as first place at Pomona, Ca, USA in 2015. He is currently studying to improve the performance of humanoid robot for faster and more stable walking, robust robot system integration and light weight design, etc. He is a member of ASME and IEEE. And he also is the member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea and the member of Korea Academy of Science and Technology.
Park, Won-jooDeputy Minister of Energy and Resource
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, Korea
Park Won-joo currently serves as Deputy Minister in Energy and Resource Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, directing Korea Energy policy.
He was formerly minister counselor in Korea embassy in Japan (2009), Director General for Industries(2012), Deputy Minister of Industrial policy(2016), Industry , Trade and Energy Secretary from the Presidential Secretariat(2016).
He has a B.A in Economics from Seoul National University and Ph.D. in Economics from Indiana State University. He went into public office through the 31st Public Administration examination.
Peck, KwangyulSenior Advisor
Kwangyul Peck is Senior Advisor to SK Securities in Seoul. He also serves as President of the Climate Finance Institute at Yonsei University, and Co-Director of Yonsei - MIT Climate Change and Economy Programme, a joint research project between MIT of the US and Yonsei University.
Kwangyul was senior advisor for EcoSecurities in Oxford, England, which developed the world's first project to receive the UN issued marketable carbon credits (CERs), La Esperanza hydro project in Honduras, and was acquired by JP Morgan Chase through hostile takeover in 2010. He also advised the Indonesian Senate vis-a-vis climate change issues and forest carbon policy.
Kwangyul served as Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honourable Paul Martin from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, he served as Economic Advisor to the Minister of Finance of Canada.
Kwangyul has published over two hundred articles in a variety of news journals regarding international political economy including the Globe and Mail, Canada's most respected newspaper, and was economic commentator for the Canadian National TV, CBC. He was educated at the Canadian universities of Toronto, McGill, and Carleton, and taught economics Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
Global Green Growth Institute
Dr. Frank Rijsberman leads the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in supporting governments transition towards a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. With over 30 years’ experience addressing the challenges of environmental sustainability and poverty reduction with leading international organizations and philanthropic foundations, Dr. Rijsberman was appointed as the Director-General of the Institute, on October 1, 2016.
Prior to joining GGGI, Dr. Rijsberman was CEO of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Consortium in Montpellier, France. He was the first Director of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, USA and also worked as Program Director at Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google.
He was Director-General of the International Water Management Institute, an international research institute with HQ in Colombo, Sri Lanka and holds a PhD degree in water resources management and planning from Colorado State University (US) and a MSc and BS in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).
Professor Sung-Chul Shin is the 16th president of KAIST. President Shin is committed to multidisciplinary education, convergence research, and globalization, pursuing initiatives to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship.
Prior to being selected as the president of KAIST in February of 2017, he led the Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) for six years from 2011. As the founding president of the newly-established institute, he drove innovative initiatives to establish DGIST as one of the nation’s leading research universities.
President Shin first joined the KAIST faculty in 1989. From the early 1990s, he held key administrative positions including dean of planning, dean of the international office, and vice-dean of student affairs. He also served as vice-president for two years from 2004.
A graduate of applied physics from Seoul National University, President Shin earned his MS degree in condensed matter physics at KAIST in 1977. After finishing his Ph.D. in material physics at Northwestern University in 1984, he worked at Eastman Kodak Research Labs as a senior researcher for five years.
An accomplished scholar in the field of nanoscience, President Shin’s research focuses on the artificial synthesis and characterization of magnetic materials, magnetic anisotropy, and magneto-optical phenomena. Especially, he played a pioneering role in the research of nanospinics, working as the founding director of the Center for Nanospinics of Spintronic Materials from 1998 to 2005 and the Institute of Nanoscience and Technology from 2001 to 2003 at KAIST. He currently leads the Laboratory for Nanospinics of Spintronic Materials at KAIST. He is author of over 310 journal papers while holding 37 patents and has supervised more than 80 MS, Ph.D., and postdoctoral scholars.
He has also been deeply involved in developing national strategy and policymaking for science and technology while serving as the vice chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology (PACST) from 2013 to 2016.
President Shin has held numerous fellowships and received scholarly honors such as the AUMS (Asian Union of Magnetics Societies) Award in 2016, the Supreme Scientist Award and Order of Science and Technology Merit Changjo Medal which were conferred by Korean government in 2012 and 2007 respectively, and awards from the Korean Physical Society in 2006 and the National Academy of Sciences of Korea in 2009.
A fellow in the American Physical Society (APS) since 2008, he was the president of the Korean Physical Society from 2011 to 2012 and the Korean Magnetics Society from 2009 to 2010. He also served as chairman of the International Conference on Magnetism (ICM2012) and has been on the editorial board of J. Magnetism and Magnetic Materials from 2009.
Song, Young-gilMember of the 20th National Assembly
Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Northern Economic Cooperation, Korea
Hon. Song is a current Member of the 20th National Assembly and Chairman of the Northern Economic Cooperation Committee. He formerly served three terms at the National Assembly (16th-18th National Assembly) and as the fifth publicly-elected mayor of Incheon Metropolitan City and a special envoy of President Moon Jae-in to Russia. Hon. Song is leading the implementation of the New Economic Map and New Berlin Declaration of the Moon administration by pursuing expansion of Korea’s economic territory and construction of a Korean Peninsula Peace Initiative through northern economic cooperation. He has also authored several books, including “Transforming the Wall into a Door”, “Dominate the Rules”, “Future Report of the Economic Capital, Incheon”, and “Song Young-gil’s Everybody Can Own a House Project”.
Taghizadeh-Hesary, FarhadAssistant Professor of Economics
Dr. Farhad Taghizadeh-Hesary, is a faculty member and Assist. Professor of economics at the school of economics, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan. In addition, he is Senior Assistant to the Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). At the same time, he is Advisor to the Vice-Minister of economic affairs and finance and Int’l Finance Advisor to the Vice-Presidency of the Science and Technology of Iran. He obtained his PhD in energy economics from Keio University (2015) (with scholarship from the government of Japan: Monbukagakusho) and master’s in energy economics from Tehran University, Iran (2011). He was a visiting scholar and visiting professor at several institutions and universities such as the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan (IEEJ) (2013-2015); Credit Risk Database (CRD) association of Japan (2014-2015) and Graduate School of Economics of the University of Tokyo (2016-2017).
He has published on a wide range of topics, including oil and energy economics, Green finance, SME finance, monetary policy and banking. He authored more than 40 academic papers and book chapters including co-editorship of four books: “Monetary Policy and the Oil Market” (Springer: 2016), “Japan’s Lost Decade: Lessons for Asian Economies” (Springer: 2017), “Money and Modern Banking” (in Persian) and Handbook of Green Finance (Springer: forthcoming)
Troughton, PaulSenior Director of Regulatory Affairs
Dr. Paul Troughton is Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs for EnerNOC, an Enel Group company, which is a leading provider of demand response solutions and energy intelligence software.
Paul has worked in demand response for ten years, with direct experience of the markets in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and Ireland, and exposure to market design issues in other parts of Europe, Asia, and North America.
He has previously worked in clean technology investment, technology transfer, consumer electronics start-ups, and for the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, where he was one of the first to get to grips with nodal pricing. He holds a PhD in statistical signal processing and an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, both from the University of Cambridge.
Victor, David G.Director/ Professor
Laboratory on International Law and Regulation (ILAR)
The School of Global Policy and Strategy, UC San Diego
David G. Victor is a professor of international relations and Director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. He is co-lead of the Initiative on Energy and Climate at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. His research focuses on highly regulated industries, such as electric power, and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets. He is author of Global Warming Gridlock, which explains why the world hasn't made much diplomatic progress on the problem of climate change while also exploring new strategies that would be more effective. Prior to joining the faculty at UC San Diego, Victor served as Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University where he was also a Professor at Stanford Law School and taught energy and environmental law.
At Stanford he built a research program that focused on the energy markets of the major emerging countries—mainly Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa. Earlier in his career he also directed the science and technology program at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and led the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria one of the first major assessments of the effectiveness of international environmental law. He has published 200 articles and books in venues that include Nature, Science, International Organization, The New York Times, Finance Times, Climatic Change, and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
He is a member of the advisory council for Nature Climate Change, a board member of Climatic Change, and joined the board of the Electric Power Research Institute in 2013.
Whang, Joo hoVice President, Professor
Kyung Hee University
Professor Whang is a Professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Kyung Hee University. Before joining Kyung Hee University he worked as a senior researcher at the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute for 5 years (1986-1991). He was the President of the Korea Institute of Energy Research (2010-2013), the President of the Korean Society of Energy Engineering (2013), the President of the Korean Nuclear Society (2016), and a member of the National Energy Committee (2006-2010).
He served as the Nuclear R&D Program Coordinator at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning (1999-2001) and as a member of the National Committee of Science and Technology (2011-2013). During his term at the Korea Institute of Energy Research, he initiated and promoted long-term projects such as new ammonium production technology, microgrid surety system, super critical CO2 power generation, flow-electrode desalination, etc. He was a visiting scientist at Karlsruhe Nuclear Research Institute, Germany in 1987, and at Sandia National Laboratories, USA in 2004, leaving research reports “System studies for Long-term Spent Fuel Management Options in Korea” and “Dismantlement and Radioactive Waste Management of DPRK Nuclear Facilities”, respectively.
Professor Whang received a B.A. in nuclear engineering from Seoul National University in Korea and an M.A. in Health Physics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in USA.
Jeju Self-Governing Province
Hee-ryong Won was announced as the new governor of Jeju Special Self-Governing Province on June 4, 2014. He was born on Jeju in 1964 and was renowned for his ability as a student, achieving the top place in the 34th National Bar Examinations in 1993.
He focuses on increasing local participation in policy making process, reenergizing primary industries, promoting high-tech industries, and building eco-friendly smart city infrastructure.
After he took the office as a governor of Jeju Island, his priorities have been achieving the goal of Carbon Freed Island which entails replacing all the conventional vehicles to electric vehicles by 2030.
Won served as Public prosecutor in Seoul, Suwon, Yeoju and Busan, Chairman of Low Carbon Green Growth National Forum, Chairman of the Special Renovation Committee, Chairman of Committee for Foreign Affairs Trade and Unification, National Assembly, Secretary General of Grand National Party, Supreme Council of Grand National Party and was elected as an assemblyman to the 16th, 17th and 18th National Assemblies.
Won holds a B.A. in Law from Seoul National University, an M.A. in New Media from Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Hanyang University and an Honorary Doctorate in Political Science from Jeju National University.
Yang, FuqiangSenior Advisor
Natural Resources Defence Council(NRDC)
Former Director of global climate solutions at WWF
Fuqiang Yang is a senior adviser on climate change, energy and environment at the NRDC. He has been involved in energy and environmental issues for more than three decades. Mr Yang was director of global climate solutions at WWF International from 2008 to 2010. He was vice-president of the Energy Foundation and chief representative of the foundation’s office in Beijing from 2000 to 2008.
Earlier in his career, Mr Yang worked with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on China’s energy and environmental issues. In 1984, he worked on regional energy planning at Cornell University as a fellow of the World Bank. Before he moved to the United States in 1984, he worked with the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission in China on renewable and rural energy policy, energy modelling and forecasting, project evaluation, and long-term planning. He has published dozens of papers and reports in those areas.
Mr Yang received his PhD in industrial engineering at West Virginia University (US) in 1991 and his BS in physics at Jilin University (China) in 1977.
Yoon, JooDeputy CCO(Chief Commercial Officer)
Hanwha Q CELLS
Joo Yoon is a Deputy CCO of Hanwha Q CELLS. Since joining Hanwha Chemical from 1995, he worked as a team manager at Automobile division. In 2002, he was an overseas project manager in Japan. After few years, he worked at electronic material division at Hanwha L&C. By accumulating diverse work experience, he became a director at management innovation division in Hanwha L&C 2013. He served as a CCO at PV system division in Hanwha Japan.
Joo Yoon received his BA degree in Chemical Engineering from Kyung hee University.
Eos Investment Partners
Dr. Eugene Yun is Managing Director of the P80 Group Foundation, an organization dedicated to mobilizing capital resources into green investments and sustainable development. He also serves as Managing Partner of Eos Investment Partners, a Seoul-based private equity investment firm he co-founded. Eos Investment Partners specializes in cross-border investments with particular emphasis in impact investments, climate finance and natural resources. As Senior Advisor to the Asian Development Bank, Dr. Yun helped design the Climate Public Private Partnership Fund. Dr. Yun has had the pleasure of working in many different fields with Soros Fund Management, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Schroder Securities, Maeil Business Newspaper, University of British Columbia and Ewha University. Dr. Yun studied undergraduate economics at Yonsei University and received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of Minnesota specializing in monetary and macroeconomic theory.
Zhou, FengqiResearch Professor /Former Director General
Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission, China
Professor Zhou Fengqi, became Deputy Director General of Energy Research Institute in 1981 and Director General in April 1987 till September 1999. Now he is Senior Advisor of Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission, And Former Executive Director of GOC/WB/GEF China Renewable Scale-up Program Management Office (2003-2011), and the Former Senior Consultant of Ministry of Electrical Power Industry and Ministry of Energy Industry, and Former member of Academy Committee of National Development and Reform Commission (1998-2006). and Deputy President of China Energy Research Society （1994-1999）and advisor of Energy Committee of Chinese Academy of Science,
Internationally, Professor Zhou was several distinguished positions, including the following: -A member of Advisory Board of Asia Pacific Energy Research Center (since 1996); -The lead author of Energy Supply Mitigation Options of IPCC 2nd, 3rd, 4th Assessment Report, and IPCC Special Report for Technology Transfer (1996-2007); -The lead author of World Energy Assessment 2000 (WEC)