korus voice leadership
Media Experts Group
The Media Experts Group provides professional expertise, diverse knowledge of Korea and Korean-American media advocacy and connections to local and national resources.
Angela Killoren is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CJ E&M America, the Los Angeles subsidiary of Korea’s leading entertainment conglomerate. She oversees U.S. marketing for CJ Entertainment film distribution, Mnet and tvN US cable networks, CGVCinemas exhibition, 4DX cinema technologies, and the KCON Hallyu conventions which together comprise the nation’s most comprehensive platform for Asian entertainment – in person, on the big screen, and in your home.
Ms. Killoren is recently appointed as Ms. Killoren previously served as Chief Marketing Officer of CJ E&M, handling communications with partners including DreamWorks, Village Roadshow, and Golden Harvest, as well as its first international film acquisitions.
Before joining CJ in 2011, Ms. Killoren was the Associate Director at the USC Center for Asian Pacific Leadership from shortly after its inception in 2005, aiming to elevate the leadership capacity of Asian and Asian-American policymakers, community leaders, and non-profit executives and developing the Center’s signature program, the Network of Korean-American Leaders (NetKAL) Fellowship and Summit.
Ms. Killoren has a bachelor’s degree in Chinese History from Columbia University.
Dr. Anna Choi is James Q Wilson Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. She teaches Master of Public Policy students’ courses on quantitative methods (applied research methods), health policy, and behavioral economics. Her research interests are primarily health economics and policy evaluation.
Prior to joining SPP at Pepperdine, she worked as an analyst at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) in Paris, France for three years, working on different projects. She worked at the Education and Skills Directorate and the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities within the OECD.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley, Master of Public Policy at the College of William and Mary, and Ph.D in Policy analysis and management at Cornell University.
Ms. Esther K. Chae is an award-winning actor/writer based in Los Angeles and New York. Her artistic work has been seen and heard in the US, Korea, Ireland, Australia, Canada, Italy, Nigeria and Russia. Her numerous credits as a performer include TV shows NCIS, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, 24, The Shield, Night Stalker; and theatre stages such as Yale Repertory Theater, La Mama, Mark Taper Forum Kirk Douglas Theater, P.S. 122 and Harvard A.R.T.
Chae’s performances have been lauded as “talented” (Variety), “engaging” (Hollywood Reporter) – and “the willowy actress [with] subtle physicality” (LA Times). Her life in Hollywood has been featured in a Korean Broadcasting Station (KBS) documentary. Her most recent solo performance So the Arrow Flies, about a North Korean spy and the FBI Agent who hunts her down, was invited to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (“a powerful and compelling script… fascinatingly gripping” -ThreeWeeks Magazine), Ars Nova Theater Festival (NY) , World Women’s Forum (Seoul), TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference of which she is an inaugural fellow, CUNY’s Martin Segal Theater and NYU’s Performance Studies. The play is being adapted into a film script incorporating live performance and animation.
Chae graduated from the Yale School of Drama with an MFA in Acting, the University of Michigan with an MA in Theater Studies, and Korea University.
Jack Xiaoning Huang is the founder and partner of the Global Trainer Network Limited, Hong Kong, where he offers consulting, coaching, program development, and data management services to firms and universities in China. He is formerly a program specialist at the University of Southern California’s Center for Asian Pacific Leadership and Office of Global Initiatives and an adjunct lecturer at USC School of Social Work.
Jack is in the process of getting a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on social work and social policy from Columbia University. His study is focused on welfare policy, international migration, organizational theory, and applied econometrics.
Jeany Choi is a Project Coordinator for the NetKAL Foundation, planning and organizing the events for NetKAL program.
Jeany holds a BA degree in Political Science from Northwestern University and has a MA from Korea University and the University of Kansas. She also completed her Ph.D. degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California. She recently finished her Ed.D. degree at Pepperdine University.
Dr. Je-Hoon Lee served as the Executive Director of NetKAL Inc. until August 2019. He oversaw programs that promote an understanding of the social, economic, and political challenges facing Asia and that cultivate an intercultural exchange among leaders in the United States and Asian-Pacific countries. Dr. Lee founded the NetKAL Inc. and created the NetKAL Fellowship Program, a unique elite leadership training, and networking program for 2nd generation leaders in the Korean-American community with the aim of cultivating mainstream leaders with Korean heritage in a variety of disciplines. He is currently the Executive Director Emeritus of the NetKAL Inc.
Before setting up the NetKAL Inc. as an independent non-profit organization in 2017, Dr. Lee served as the Director of the Center for Asian-Pacific Leadership at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. Prior to joining the USC School of Social Work in 2004, Dr. Lee was an assistant professor and program director of the Global Studies Initiatives at Michigan State University. While there, he designed several new global outreach projects, including the Visiting International Professional Program, the Global Applications interdisciplinary Master Degree programs, the “Global Emerging Civic Engagement Leaders Workshop,” and “The Korean Community in the United States: A Century of Engagement.”
His educational background is the University of Seoul (BA), Seoul National University (MUP), Ohio State University (MCRP), and Michigan State University (Ph.D.).
Ms. Namju Chois currently working at WWF Korea as the Chief Marketing, Communications & Fundraising Officer. As the newest and fastest growing WWF office in the world, WWF Korea is poised to become the definitive environmental leader in Korea’s growing social sector.
Previously, Ms. Cho served as an Account Director at Fenton Communications, overseeing social marketing campaigns around health, environmental, housing and social justice issues. She worked with client such as City of San Francisco Department of Environment, Health Net, California Endowment, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and California Community Foundation to support them on their communications needs. She was previously a Project Manager at S. Groner Associates, a communications agency with a triple bottom-line philosophy that specializes in sustainable behavior change campaigns. Some of her clients have included the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department and the City of Los Angeles. Some of her projects have ranged from increasing recycling rates among multi-family residents in Culver City to preventing anglers from consuming contaminated fish caught in the Palos Verdes Shelf. Namju has nearly 20 years of communications experience both as a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal in Seoul and a public relations and marketing executive at several nonprofit organizations. While at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, she brought attention to the issue of modern-day slavery and worked with trafficking survivors to speak up.
Ms. Cho also promoted philanthropy and helped grant recipients and donors tell their stories of impact during her tenure as Director of Marketing & Communications at the California Community Foundation, which has more than $1 billion in assets.
Yonah Hong was a Community Outreach Organizer for the Los Angeles Unified School District – New Facilities Division, working with 11.2 billion dollars for new school construction projects. She works as a liaison between the school district and the community in building new schools that are much needed in the city. Additionally, she volunteers and works with the Korean American Foundation of Southern California as a Board Member, promoting and educating Korean American Heritage and Culture and actively supports the Lighthouse Foundation, a Christian organization, with whom she most recently visited North Korea on a humanitarian aid mission.
Yonah graduated from Purdue University with a Major in Environmental Health and a minor in Psychology.
Global Advisory Group
The Global Advisory Group supports the mission and values of Global Korean Leaders Foundation and National Association for Korean Advocacy by monitoring and providing advice to the Media Experts Group and KorUS Voice project.
Dr. Heon Deok Yoon currently serves as the Dean of School of Small Business at Soongshil University and as the President of Intelog Consulting. He is a professor in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Small Business and presently works as the Head of The Institute of Entrepreneurial Management. He also previously served as the Vice President of Soongsil University and is very highly regarded by the students and staff.
Dr. Yoon received his Ph.D. in International Business from Ohio State University and has been lecturing at various universities and MBA programs worldwide, such as the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Michigan State University, University of Ljubljana (ICPE-MBA) and Tianjin Enterprise Management Center. His research areas include international logistics, supply chain management, globalization strategy of small business, entrepreneurship, and innovation on SMEs.
Ms. Jie-ae Sohn is currently a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Women’s University. She is also the Senior Communications Strategist at the World Bank, focusing on the Korea Green Growth Trust Fund. Prior to this, she served as the President of the Korea International Broadcasting Foundation (Arirang TV & Radio), from 2011 to February 2014, becoming the first female head of a major broadcasting company in Korea.
Ms. Sohn started her career by writing for the monthly magazine, Business Korea. She went on to become CNN’s bureau chief and correspondent based in Seoul, Korea from 1995 to 2010. She served as the spokesperson of the Presidential Committee for the Seoul G20 Summit in 2010, and was the Presidential Secretary of the Office of Overseas Public Relations at the Executive Office of the President for the former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, from 2010 to 2011.
Ms. Julie Ahn is a Partner at GRE Partners Asset Management. Previously, she was a Director at Cushman & Wakefield Korea with Capital Markets Groups in charge of inbound and outbound investment advisory business and also a Senior Advisor to TPG, Texas Pacific Group. Prior to Cushman & Wakefield Korea, Ms. Ahn worked for DTZ Korea as a Managing Director in the investment advisory group. Before Cushman & Wakefield and DTZ which were merged, Julie worked for LaSalle Investment Management as an Acquisition Director and Lend Lease Real Estate Investments as a Senior Asset Manager. Julie started her career at U.P.A. as a Managing Editor of the Korean version of TIME magazine. Ms. Ahn majored in Japanese and minored in English at Konkuk University and received her Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Yonsei GSIS (Graduate School of International Studies). Julie is currently sitting on an investment committee board for several Korean institutions.
Mr. Ki-Jung Kim is a staff writer and a real estate team leader for Mae Il Business Newspaper. He has covered the City of Seoul and its real estate development projects such as projects on the Samsung Dong Area. He co-authored a book called The Future of Cities, suggesting four strategies for Seoul to survive in the global city war. Mr. Kim previously was a staff writer for Political Desk and served as the chair of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Press Corps, covering the MOFA of Korea and the foreign embassy located in Korea. He interviewed global political leaders such as Ehud Barak of Israel and Thaksin Shinawatra of Thailand and wrote an extensive article on the former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Sung Kim. Prior to joining Mae Il Business Newspaper, Mr. Kim worked for Joong Ang Daily Newspaper, based in Los Angeles for ten years. He began as a staff writer for Business Desk and wrote investigative articles on the global financial crisis and community banking. Later, he became an editor for Investigative Desk, interviewing North Korean officials who visited UC San Diego for studying capitalism and conducting a political opinion survey of Korean communities in regard to the presidential election in Korea.
Mr. Kim holds a B.A. degree from Chung-Ang University in Mass Communication and Journalism and an M.A. degree from the University of Southern California in Communication.
Dr. Kyungsook Lee is currently the Chairwoman of the Asan Nanum Foundation. She was the former President of Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) from 1994 to 2008, serving four consecutive terms. While serving as the President, she helped transform SWU and shaped it to become one of the finest universities in South Korea. Prior to her position, she was also a Professor and later Dean in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. Dr. Lee was also one of the early few female National Assembly members, serving in the Korean National Assembly from 1981 to 1985. On December 25, 2007, she was also appointed to serve on the 17th Presidential Transition Committee under President Lee Myung-bak.
Dr. Lee has held numerous positions and has served in the field of education (President of Sookmyung Women’s University), business (Co-President of Corporation Creativity & Innovation), media (Commissioner of Korean Broadcasting Commission), government (National Assembly member), non-profit (Chairperson of Korean Red Cross) and foreign affairs (Advisor of Ministry of Foreign Affairs). She has also received many recognitions and awards for her work and accomplishments, including the Award for Unanimity, Order of Civil Merit, the Chungjo Kunchung by the President of the Republic of Korea, and the CEO of the Year Award in 2002 presented by the Korea Management Association.
Dr. Lee received her B.A. in Political Science & International Relations and her M.A. in Political Science from Sookmyung Women’s University respectively. She received her M.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her Ph.D. in International Politics & Comparative Politics at the University of South Carolina. In addition, she has received numerous Honorary Degrees from universities worldwide, including the Doctor of Administration from Chinese Culture University in China (2009), Doctor of Humane Letters from the Philippine Women’s University in the Philippines (2006), Doctor of Humane Letters from The Macalester College in the United States (2003), and the Doctor of Education from St. Petersburg State University in Russia (1994).
Mr. Sanghoon Lee, Co-Chief Executive Officer has served at Shinyang Construction Co., founded by his father since 1997. His company focuses on commercial and apartment construction, harnessing new technologies to make the building eco-friendlier. In 2016, he has started a joint research project on 3D Modeling Construction with Hanyang University. He is also a Chief Executive Officer at multiple digital media companies, including NTN media, News-ade, and TSA media. While running his media companies, he has been involved in producing films and dramas. Mr. Lee, in addition, owns IT business and has recently started the online commerce platforms business with Dongdaemun retailers including APM and has added the “MCN” (multi-channel network) online commerce platform as a marketing strategy.
He began his career as a Consultant at Korean Management Association (KMA) and in 1998, he took over an ISO (International Organization for Environmental Standardization) 14000 Consulting Company called Korean Environmental Research Lab, assisting and consulting Korea’s top 500 companies to implement ISO 9000 and ISO14000. Mr. Lee holds a BA degree in International Trade from Korea University and has an MBA from Boston University. He has also completed his Ph.D. degree in Architectural Engineering at Hanyang University.
Yoonhyeung Choi is Professor and Department Chair of Advertising & Public Relations at Hanyang University. She served as Associate Vice President of International Affairs from 2013 to 2015 and as Director of International Education Center from 2014 to 2015 at Hanyang University. She previously was Assistant Professor of Advertising & Public Relations at Michigan State University (2005-2008). Dr. Choi worked in public relations consulting positions at Burson-Marsteller, Seoul, and Hill & Knowlton, Chicago before earning her Ph.D. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her M.S. in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.
Young Beom Jeong
Mr. Young Beom Jeong is the Founder and the President of Star J Entertainment. Since 1994, he has discovered and managed careers of numerous global “Korean wave” stars such as Dong-Gun Jang, Eun-Ha Shim, Namgil Kim,n So-young Ko, Na-young Lee, Son-ha Yoon, Kang-hee Choi, Jung-jin Lee, Yoo-jin So, Chae-young Han and Won-Bin. Star J Entertainment currently manages top actors and actresses, including Soo-Ae, Ji Hye Wang, and Sookyuk Lee. He is also actively involved in a TV drama production, music planning and production, distribution, and publishing. In 2011, with the goal of supporting artists to enter the global entertainment market, Mr. Jeong brought together six major entertainment agencies, which include KeyEast, AMENT, Star J Entertainment, SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment, and JYP Entertainment to form an Asian management agency named United Asia Management (UAM). Mr. Jeong, as a CEO of UAM, has been working to create a synergistic effect for the advancement of not only Korea’s entertainment industry but Asia as well.
Mr. Jeong received his BA from Oklahoma City University in Mass Communications and Advertising and completed his Master’s degree study in Mass Communication from Chung-Ang University Graduate School. Mr. Jeong currently serves as an Advisor for the Busan International Film Festival and also as an Organizing Committee Member for Jeachon International Music Film Festival.
Young Eun Yang
Ms. Young-Eun Yang is a television and radio reporter, MC, interviewer, and author. She is currently a journalist for the international news team at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) and hosts KBS 1TV’s (the World Right Now). Previously she anchored KBS 2TV’s (Morning News Time) and also hosted an interview program called (the Gift with Young-Eun Yang) through which she shared many inspiring stories including Eric Schmidt, Jane Goodall, Lang Lang, etc. She regularly writes a monthly pro-bono column on Korea’s young startup entrepreneurs with a specific view to bridging the gap between generations. Young-Eun authored two nationwide bestselling books, one of which (exploring Myself – Conversations with Scholars at Harvard/MIT) became a ‘book of the month’ recommended by the Publication Industry Promotion Agency of Korea in 2016. She donates all the royalties from the book for supporting adolescents in need. She has been awarded for excellence in Korean speech and writing in her reporting and has been recognized for contributing to gender equality by the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family in 2014.
Ms. Yang was a Weatherhead Fellow at Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs from 2010 to 2011 and graduated from MIT Sloan School with an MBA and from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in English and French literature. She loves to meet new people and cares deeply about animal welfare.