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South Korea tends to score high in international digital rankings. In the Bloomberg's National Industrial Digitalization 2020 ranking, the country ranked No.1 ahead of Singapore and Germany. South Korea also came first in OECD's Digital Government 2019 ranking. South Korea also excels in supplying digital human capital. In Economist Intelligence Unit's survey in 2018, South Korea came 2nd after Singapore in Human Capital segment of the Digital Transformation Index.

However, having a good digital infrastructure does not necessarily guarantee that companies can transform their business model to take full advantage of the opportunities digital technologies open up. How are companies in Korea faring as they seek transition to digital world? What are the success stories? What are the factors that hinder or foster successful digital transformation? Join us as we discuss the topic.


  • Gilyoung Song (Senior Executive Vice President at Daumsoft, Inc.)

    Gilyoung Song

    Senior Executive Vice President at Daumsoft, Inc.

    Dr. Gilyoung, Song proudly calls himself a ‘Mind Miner’. He has been rigorously working on reading and interpreting the thoughts of people buried in social big data, a huge repository of stories and memories of people’s everyday lives. Thriving on the insights accumulated from his work, Gilyoung is contributing on improving various aspects of activities in both public and commercial sectors.

    Gilyoung currently works as a senior executive vice president of Daumsoft, Inc. In the past, he served as chief strategy officer and, together with his colleagues, pioneered the technologies and business opportunities for gathering and analyzing billions of social media posts to read the minds of people that the posts convey. Daumsoft now plays a unique role in Korea specializing in natural language processing, text mining, and social big data mining.

    Gilyoung received his Ph.D in computer science from Korea University, and serves as an executive board member of the Korea Business Intelligence Data Mining Society. He also teaches students at Korea University as an adjunct professor of Media and Communication. Gilyoung co-established and leads the Opinion Mining Working Group, a non-profit professional organization for data mining industry in Korea. Gilyoung co-established and leads the Opinion Mining Working Group, a non-profit professional organization for data mining industry in Korea.

    Gilyoung is a fanatic reader who reads all kinds of materials in diverse subjects and styles. He also enjoys talking to people with different backgrounds and ideas. He authored "We See Your Desire: a Map of 7-biliion Desires Found in Big Data (2012, Sam & Parkers, translated in Chinese)” and “Don’t Imagine : a Method of reading untold desires(2015, Bookstone)”.

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  • Yuichi Yamada (Managing Director of ABeam Consulting Korea)

    Yuichi Yamada

    Managing Director of ABeam Consulting Korea

    Yuichi Yamada is Managing Director of ABeam Korea. He started working for Abeam Consulting in 2003 and has served as a Managing Director of ABeam Consulting Europe from 2013 to 2016.
    Prior to that Mr Yamada was working in Recruit Co., Ltd. From 1986 to 2003 where he launched and expanded Human Resource Consulting business unit and had been in charge of business planning, marketing and sales, and consulting team in the Human Resource Consulting business unit accordingly.
    Mr Yamada received the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Mathematical Engineering from The University of Tokyo in 1986.

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  • Shin Dong Kim (Professor of the Media School at Hallym University)

    Shin Dong Kim

    Professor of the Media School at Hallym University

    Shin Dong Kim is a professor of the Media School, Hallym University, Korea, where he served as founding director of the Institute for Communication Arts and Technology (iCat) for more than a decade, and also served as the Vice President for International Affairs for the university. He has been an active advocate and innovator for the globalization of higher education throughout his professional career. His area of research and teaching covers culture and creative industries, media policy and political economy, global communications, and film studies. Dr. Kim’s deep and broad commitment in the global education has brought him to many campuses of the world for teachings: Dartmouth College, Sciences Po Paris, Peking University, City University of Hong Kong, University of the Philippines, Shanghai University, etc. Aside from his full time commitment to the university, he is currently serving as the Chief Director of the Knowledge Coop, a civic think tank based in Seoul. Dr. Kim earned his PhD from Indiana University in Mass Communications.

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  • Jimmyn Parc (Lecturer at Seoul National University)

    Jimmyn Parc

    Lecturer at Seoul National University

    Jimmyn Parc is a visiting lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, France and a researcher at Institute of Communication Research, Seoul National University, Korea. He received a Ph.D. in international studies (with focus on international business and strategy) from the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Seoul National University and another Ph.D. in economic history from University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). He has published numerous academic articles and conducted a number of research projects related to the competitiveness of organizations, industries, and countries. His current research focuses on cultural industries in Asia and Europe, which includes films and music. Currently, they are at critical juncture as they face a changing business and trade environment as well as new challenges from digitization

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  • Lena Schipper (Seoul bureau chief Seoul, South Korea at The Economist)

    Lena Schipper

    Seoul bureau chief Seoul, South Korea at The Economist

    Lena Schipper is Seoul bureau chief for The Economist. Previous to this role she worked as assistant news editor in London. Before joining the paper in 2016, Lena was a freelance journalist in Beirut and a staff reporter on the business and economics desk of Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, a leading German weekly. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked as a researcher for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, for the German Institute of International and Security Affairs in Berlin, and as a political-risk consultant for clients across the Middle East and Africa. She studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics and International Relations at Oxford University.

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  • Takuji Okubo (Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Takuji Okubo

    Director, Corporate Network, North Asia of The Economist Corporate Network

    Takuji Okubo is the North Asia Director of The Economist Corporate Network, managing the Networks in Japan and in South Korea.

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Takuji was the Managing Director and Chief Economist at Japan Macro Advisors, serving global fortune 500 companies and financial institutions in Japan and abroad. In his past career, Takuji was a Chief Economist at Societe Generale, in charge of Japan and of South Korea, and a senior economist at Merrill Lynch and at Goldman Sachs. Outside his role at ECN, Takuji also serves as a non-executive director at Japan Risk Forum, an association of Chief Risk Officers among Japanese financial institutions.

    Takuji holds B.A in Economics from Tokyo University and while at the university he was a recipient of prestigious INOUE scholarship. He holds MBA from INSEAD and Msc. In Economics from UPF in Barcelona. Apart from work, he enjoys motor-cycling, scuba-diving, cooking as well as worrying about the future of the Japanese economy.

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