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Like the Cambrian explosion, a time when many different types of complex animals suddenly diversified and emerged on Earth, we are witnessing a proliferation of AI applications in business, with companies leveraging this technology in various ways to optimise their operations, enhance customer experiences, and gain competitive advantages. What opportunities and challenges does this high-speed transformation present for businesses?

A year ago, in January 2023, South Korean Prime Minister Han Duck-soo told a policy meeting on AI technologies that South Korea had the goal of becoming one of the world's top three AI powerhouses by 2027. At the recent Davos World Economic Forum, AI was a prominent part of the discussions.

The business world has already seen many new developments since November 2022, when OpenAI, a Silicon Valley startup, launched ChatGPT, a highly articulate question-and-answer service that figures suggest has already surpassed the 180m-user mark. In February 2023, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna suggested that AI technology will very soon do away with many clerical white-collar jobs, most noticeably in customer service and HR. The next month, Microsoft announced the launch of a suite of AI "co-pilots" for workers in various roles, including sales, marketing and supply chain management.

AI-generated imagery is another new player knocking at the doors of graphic design agencies (and their clients) with powerful skills and speed. The brain image on this page, which we commissioned for this event, is AI-generated.

The integration of AI into business processes is not new, but recent advances in machine learning and natural language processing are enabling unprecedented levels of automation and decision-making. While the potential benefits of AI are clear - increased efficiency, cost savings, and enhanced customer experiences - the rapid pace of technological change also brings concerns around data privacy, algorithmic bias, and job displacement. Therefore, it is imperative that companies carefully consider the security and ethical implications of AI adoption as it becomes ubiquitous in the workplace.

As a business leader, are you and your top directors well-informed on the new possibilities presented by this high-speed transformation? How can you assess the challenges of risks of failing to implement - or indeed implement too quickly or too broadly - some of these tools? Are the dreaded risks for the workforce justified - or should managers be working toward reskilling and making the best out of AI applications? At our February event in Seoul, EICN brings together thought leaders and specialists to discuss the business implications of artificial intelligence applications.

Dress code: Business attire

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7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Registration and Networking
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Panel Discussion and Breakfast


  • Sungwon Yang (Management Consultant at Bain & Company)

    Sungwon Yang

    Management Consultant at Bain & Company

    Yang Sungwon leads Bain & Company’s Innovation & Design practice in Korea which transforms strategy into extraordinary products, services and experiences that drive business growth in a world of constant change. His expertise is creating and managing new ventures from ideas to prototypes, production and early growth. Prior to Bain, he was founder of two startups, and Digital Innovation program leader at Amazon Web Service Korea where he led Busan Cloud Innovation Center to support public sector organizations and startups to solve pressing societal challenges with new digital solutions. Sungwon was also Innovation Coach at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp where he taught MIT's innovation methodologies to entrepreneurs around the world.

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  • Yohan Jin (Head of AI at LG CNS)

    Yohan Jin

    Head of AI at LG CNS

    Yohan Jin is currently Head of AI at LG CNS, subsidiary of LG Corporation that brands itself as a digital transformation (DX) specialist and digital growth partner. He previously served as Executive Vice President/Chief Technology Officer at E-Mart, one of Korea's largest retailers, for 2 years. Before that, he was Senior Vice President/Head of AI Tech & Digital Transformation at SK Telecom. He has also previously worked as Lead AI & Data Scientist at Myspace in the United States.

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  • Jong Yoon (Professor, School of Computer Science at Kookmin University)

    Jong Yoon

    Professor, School of Computer Science at Kookmin University

    Jong Yoon is a professor at School of Computer Science, Kookmin University. Prior to Kookmin University, he was in Silicon Valley as an IT infrastructure consultant and entrepreneur. Throughout his 15-year career in Silicon Valley, Jong had worked for a number of companies, including Facebook, Pinterest, Yahoo, Electronic Arts, IBM, and Ericsson. He had also served as a Managing Director of TIPS Town, Korean government’s startup acceleration organization, and Seoul AI Hub, Seoul Metropolitan City’s AI startup incubation organization. Jong holds a bachelor's degree from Yonsei University, and a master's degree from Stanford University.

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  • Catherine Ko (Head of AI and Machine Learning at AWS)

    Catherine Ko

    Head of AI and Machine Learning at AWS

    Catherine Ko, known as Cath, is the Head of AI and Machine Learning (AI/ML) in ASEAN at AWS. She has a wealth of experience in business development, having previously worked in similar roles at Hyper Anna (currently Alteryx), Tableau, and Cisco Systems. In her role at AWS, she helps customers harness the transformative power of AI/ML services and infrastructure. In addition to her work at AWS, Cath is also a mentor for women in tech and NUS Enterprise in Singapore.

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  • Jacco Zwetsloot (Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network)

    Jacco Zwetsloot

    Network Moderator, Seoul at Economist Intelligence Corporate Network

    Jacco Zwetsloot has lived in Korea for 20 of the last 25 years, with a broad range of work experience in the communication, legal, tourism, training and broadcasting sectors. He has worked as an English teacher, a tour guide for the US military, a regular radio show guest, and a translator of North Korean propaganda. Currently, Jacco works as a content creator for a communications consultancy Insight Communications Consultants, hosts a weekly podcast about North Korea, moderates panel discussions, writes a monthly Korean newspaper column and still leads occasional lunchtime walking tours in downtown Seoul for the Royal Asiatic Society Business & Culture Club. Jacco holds a Master of Arts degree in Korean Studies from Leiden University, a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Monash University and a separate Bachelor of Arts in Modern European Studies and German Language from the University of Melbourne.

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Grand Hyatt Seoul -Sansoo

322 Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul, Korea (South)

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