NEWS1 Future Forum 2020 Beyond Conflicts, Toward Co-Prosperity
  • Ban Ki-moon

    Ban Ki-moon

    Former Secretary-General of the United Nations,
    Chairman of National Council on Climate Change and Air Quality

    Ban Ki-moon is the first South Korean who served as the Secretary-General of United Nations. During his leadership for two terms, he was rated highly by focusing on climate changes issues, clinching Paris Climate Agreement in 2015. He was also attentive to developing countries and pursued his interest in women issues. He also led Foreign Ministry of S. Korea from 2004 to 2006 under Roh Moo-hyun administration. Currently he chairs National Council on Climate and Air Quality(NCCA), promoting agenda on environment issues. He received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University and obtained a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
  • Jeffrey Sachs

    Jeffrey Sachs

    Professor of Columbia University

    Jeffrey Sachs is an American economist and public policy analyst at the forefront of economic development and poverty eradication. After becoming the youngest professor at Harvard University at the age of 29, he spent 19 years here, serving as a professor of international trade, director of the Harvard Institute for International Development(HIID) and director of the Center for Sustainable Development(CID) under the university. He served as the head of the university's Thr Earth Institute from 2002 to 2016. From 2002 to 2006, he was appointed as special adviser to Kofi Annan while working on the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to fight poverty in developing countries, and served as special advisor to the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), which expanded and developed the work while Ban Ki-moon was a secretary general. He consulted the International Monetary Fund(IMF), the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development(OECD), and also served as economic advisers to countries such as Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Poland and Russia. He is currently participates in various projects, including the World Happiness Report and Millennium Village Project.
  • Seong Kyoung-ryung

    Seong Kyoung-ryung

    Chairman of the NRC(National Research Council for economics, humanities and social sciences)

    Seong Kyoung-ryung is the seventh chairman of the Economic, Humanities and Social Research Council(NRC) under the Prime Minister, which manages 26 government-funded research institutes.
    Since earning a Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University, he has served as a sociology professor at Hallym University for more than 30 years and has served in a significant government post based on his career. During the Roh Moo-hyun Government, he established and led the innovation cluster framework with Bluehouse chief policy officer(2007~2009) and the Presidential Committee on Balanced National Development. He wrote 'The New Republic of Korea's Initiative, an Engagement Country.'
  • Paul Werbos

    Paul Werbos

    Former Director of AI Research Program at the US National Science Foundation

    Paul Werbos is an American social scientist and machine learning pioneer. He served as director of AI Research Program at the National Science Foundation(NSF) for several years until 2015. He has worked as a fellow at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers(IEEE) and a long-term future energy analyst at the U.S. Environment Agency. In 1995, he was awarded the IEEE Neural Network Pioneer Award for the discovery of ‘Backpropagation’, which has been respected as breakthrough algorithm to make a turning point in AI technologies. He earned a master's or doctorate in economics and applied mathematics from Harvard University, and a master's degree in international politics from London's LSE.
  • Ketan Patel

    Ketan Patel

    Founder & CEO of Greater Pacific Capital, Former MD Goldman Sachs and Head of the GS Strategic Group

    Ketan Patel, who majored in economics at London's College of Economics, founded the GPC in 2005 after serving as KPMG and Goldman Sachs.
    GPC is an investment company based in London, India, and China that focuses on connecting India with major international markets such as the U.S., the European Union, and China, and received 125 million dollars in investment from OPIC under the U.S. State Department for investment in Indian small and medium-sized enterprises. Patel, founder and strategist at Goldman Sachs' strategic group, is spearheading the Future Capital project with U.N. SDGs support to address the pressing future challenges facing humanity, which have affected leaders from all walks of life in areas such as the international economy and government policy.
  • Kim Heung-chong

    Kim Heung-chong

    President of KIEP

    Kim Heung-chong has been serving as president of Korea Institute for International Economic Policy(KIEP) since June 2020. Kim is an economic expert of EU, Europe, FTA(free trade agreements) and international trade. He received his Ph.D., M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University. He has served in major posts at the KIEP, including vice president, director of research and coordinations, and director of the World Regional Research Center. He has done extensive studies in the fields of international trade, FTA, Europe's economy, polarization, and inclusive & innovative growth. As a key advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he played an important role in concluding Korea-EU FTA, from checking its feasibility to advising negotiations between the two nations. He has been working on research of Brexit, inclusive & innovative growth. Also, he is the next president of the EU Studies Association of Korea.
  • Park Dae-jun

    Park Dae-jun

    Representative Director of New Business at Coupang

    Park Dae-joon, Representative Director of Coupang's new business division, graduated from Hongik University and served as head of Naver's policy team and head of NBP's policy division.
    He joined Coupang as vice president of policy, the nation's No. 1 unicorn company, and currently works as the president of Coupang's new business division. He has played leading roles in developing Coupang’s various innovative business models, like order-at-home application for food (Coupangeats), customized personnel selling shop(Marketplace), quick delivery system within one day(Rocket Delivery).
  • Kim Tae-hoon

    Kim Tae-hoon

    CEO of Rainist

    Kim Tae-hoon founded the Rainist in 2012 when he was a student at Sogang University.
    He has served as vice president of the Korea Fintech Industry Association from 2016 to the third term of 2020. Banksalad, which is being provided by Rainist, is a service that brings scattered financial information together into a single app to help anyone manage their assets easily. Banksalad has established itself as one of the country's leading data financial platforms that analyze individual financial data and provide optimal solutions. At the 4th Financial Day Awards held in October 2019, he was recognized as an innovative financial service and won a ‘presidential citation’ for science, technology, information and communications minister's citation in 2018.
  • Lim Jung-wook

    Lim Jung-wook

    Co-representative of TBT

    Lim Jung-wook is co-chairman of TBT, a venture capital that actively invests in Korean startups.
    Known as a Korean startup expert, he has been working hard to revitalize the startup ecosystem in Korea, working as the head of the non-profit startup alliance center for six years since 2013. From 2009 to 2012, he served as CEO of Lycos, a global Internet company, in Boston. Prior to that, he worked as head of innovation services at Daum Communications and as a reporter for the economic science department of the Chosun Ilbo. He earned a business degree from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies and an MBA degree from UC Berkeley.
  • Zhang Byoung-tak

    Zhang Byoung-tak

    Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Seoul National University(SNU) and Director of the SNU AI Institute.

    Zhang Byoung-tak is POSCO Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Seoul National University(SNU) and Director of the SNU Artificial Intelligence Institute. He received his PhD in computer science from University of Bonn, Germany in 1992 and his BS and MS in computer science and engineering from SNU, Korea in 1986 and 1988, respectively.
    Before joining SNU in 1997, he has worked as research fellow at the German National Research Center for Information Technology(GMD, now Fraunhofer Institutes) in Sankt Augustin/Bonn for 1992~1995. He has been a visiting professor at MIT CSAIL and Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, Cambridge, MA, for 2003~2004, Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology(SAIT) for 2007~2008, He has served as President of the Korean Society for Artificial Intelligence (2010~2013) and of the Korean Society for Cognitive Science (2016-2017). He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Red Stripes Order of Service Merit of the Korean Government, INAK Award, Minister of Science and Technology Award, Okawa Research Grant Award, Distinguished Service Award from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, and Academic Excellence Award from the Korea Information Science Society.