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Myung-Ja Kim

  • Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies
  • Dr. Myung-Ja Kim currently serves as the first female President in the history of 50 years of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies and the Chairperson of the Korean Business Council on Sustainable Development(KBCSD). She is also serving as a board member or a special advisor to about forty private and public institutions, such as the Korean Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), the Korean Academy of Environment Science (KAES), the Sustainable Science Society, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Korea Network (SDSN Korea), Community Chest of Korea, Asan Social Welfare Foundation, Vice-president of the Alumni Association of Seoul National University, Visiting Distinguished Professor at KAIST and so forth. Prior to becoming the Chairperson of the Green Korea 21 Forum in 2008, she served as the Member of the National Assembly (2004-2008) sitting on the Defense Committee as Vice- chairperson and also as Chairperson of the Ethics Committee of the National Assembly. Prior to her election as the lawmaker, Dr. Kim has served as the Minister of Environment (1999-2003) to become the longest serving female minister in the constitutional history of Korea. Under her leadership, the Ministry of Environment was decorated with the Excellence in Government Administration Award for two consecutive years (2001, 2002).

Richard B. Dasher

  • US-Asia Technology Management Center, Stanford University
  • At Stanford, Dr. Richard Dasher has been Director of the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994. His research includes regional and national innovation systems, open innovation management, and the impact of new technologies on industry value chains. From 1998 to 2015, Dr. Dasher concurrently served as Executive Director of Stanford’s industry-funded Center for Integrated Systems (CIS), often regarded as one of the most successful models of university-industry relations in the world. Outside Stanford, Dr. Dasher serves as Co-Chair of the Review Panel of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) program and as a member of the Program Committee of Japan’s World Premier International Research Center (WPI) initiative, the International Advisory Committee for the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and the Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR). He is senior advisor to the Mitsubishi Research Institute for its Innovation Network for Co-creation of the Future (INCF), and he on the editorial board for the Journal of Cyber Policy (published by Chatham House). Dr. Dasher also serves as advisor to start-up companies, business accelerators, venture capital firms, and nonprofits in Silicon Valley, China, India, Japan, and South Korea.