Speakers & Panelists

Speakers & Panelists 1

Eun Kyeong Jeong

Commissioner, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Plenary session – Keynote Speaker

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She has successfully served as head of the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, which oversees the COVID-19 quarantine. Recently, the KDCA was promoted to the agency, and she became the first administrator of the KDCA. She studied health and preventive medicine as a medical doctor and has been an expert on public health administration in the Ministry of Health and Welfare. She served as the head of the field inspection team at the central countermeasure headquarters even when MERS was in vogue.
Speakers & Panelists 2

Sunguk Justin Moon

Senior Vice President, KT

Session 1 – Speaker

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He is the Senior Vice President and head of Enterprise New Business Division of Korea Telecom (KT). Thanks to his expertise in strategy and latest technologies ranging from Video Security, Smart Energy and 5G Smart Factory, B2B turned out to be a core competency and the new growth engine of the company. Prior to joining KT, Mr. Moon served over 15 years at NTT DoCoMo, the largest Japanese mobile operator including four years of experience in New York office. He has displayed the vast experience in new business development, global M&A and wireless network development, etc.
Speakers & Panelists 3
Ayumu Morita

Head, Hitachi Research Laboratory
Session 1 – Speaker

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He heads Energy related research within the Hitachi Group, leading the Energy Forum discussion that Hitachi is holding through the Hitachi U.Tokyo Laboratory with stakeholders in Japan on the future of energy in Japan. He is also a member of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (METI) committee investigating future energy platforms based on next-generation technology. As such, he is a recognized expert in the field and well-qualified to join the panel on Smart energy network issues and challenges in urban environment. As a researcher, he worked at the Power & Industrial Systems R&D Laboratory, Energy & Environmental Systems Research Laboratory, and the Hitachi Research Laboratory on power transmission and distribution equipment and systems.
Mohammad Shahidehpour

Mohammad Shahidehpour

Distinguished Bodine Chair Professor
of Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Session 1 – Speaker

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He joined Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1983 where he is presently a University Distinguished Professor. He also serves as the Bodine Chair Professor and Director of the Robert W. Galvin Center for Electricity Innovation at IIT. He is a Fellow of IEEE, American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS), National Academy of Inventors (NAI), and an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
Speakers & Panelists 4

John Jong-Woong Choe

CEO, Encored Technologies
Session 1 – Panelist

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He is the current CEO of ENCORED Technologies. Encored provides the full stack services to customers from small scale households to large scale owners of renewable assets, using our core technologies of AI analytics engines, real-time data platform, and energy IoT. Prior to joining the ENCORED Technologies, he has been working for nearly 30 years at LSIS (LS Industrial Systems, former LG Industrial Systems) and was the President of LSIS in 2012. He is an expert at International Board Member of IEC-ACTAD, and Chairman of IEC-ACTAD Korea.
Speakers & Panelists 5

Brian Vad Mathiesen

Professor, Aalborg University
Session 1 – Panelist

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Brian Vad Mathiesen, Professor in Energy Planning and Renewable Energy Systems at Aalborg University, holds a PhD in fuel cells and electrolysers in future energy systems (2008). His research focuses on technological and socioeconomic transitions to renewables, energy storage, large-scale renewable energy integration and the design of 100% renewable energy systems. He is one of the leading researchers behind the concepts of Smart Energy Systems and electrofuels. He is on the Clarivate, Web of Science Highly Cited list (2015-2020), thus among the top 1% most cited researchers globally. Among other positions, he is member of the EU Commission expert group on electricity interconnection targets in the EU and The newly founded Science Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Expert Group on A Systemic Approach For the Energy Transition In Europe. He is the Research Coordinator of the Sustainable Energy Planning Research group, Principal Investigator (PI) of the RE-INVEST and sEEnergies projects, and Program Director for the MSc in Sustainable Cities. He has been PI, work package leader and participant in more than 60 research projects as well as editorial board member of The Journal of Energy Storage (Elsevier) and The Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water & Environment Systems; Associate Editor of Energy, Ecology and Environment (Springer) and Editor of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management. Recently he started the new Elsevier Journal Smart Energy. Furthermore, he is a member of The Danish Academy of Technical Sciences (ATV) and a board member at The Danish Energy Technology Development and Demonstration Program (EUDP).
Speakers & Panelists 6

Andreas Ulbig

Co-founder and COO, Adaptricity
Session 1 – Panelist

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He is co-founder and COO of ETH spin-off company Adaptricity, developing SmartGrid simulation and analytics tools. He is also a part-time lecturer for electric power systems at ETH Zurich and vice president of the Swiss Energy Foundation (SES). Previous work positions include the R&D department of RTE, the French transmission grid operator, an academic stay at Caltech and the International Energy Agency (IEA). During his PhD studies at the Power Systems Lab of ETH Zurich, he was an academic visitor at the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) and the University of California, Berkeley, both in the USA.
Won-Pyo Hong

Won Pyo Hong

President & CEO, Samsung SDS
Session 2 – Speaker

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He is currently President and CEO of Samsung SDS, the largest IT solutions and services provider in South Korea. Before joining Samsung SDS, Dr. Hong was President and Chief Marketing Officer of Samsung Electronics, where he played a critical role in positioning Samsung as the world’s premier handset manufacturer and a globally valued brand.
Hugh Bradlow

Hugh Bradlow

President, Australian Academy
of Technology & Engineering
Session 2 – Speaker

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He is an independent Non-Executive Director of Silicon Quantum Computing Pty Ltd. He was previously Chief Technology Officer and Head of Innovation at Telstra, responsible for the R&D of new technologies and their introduction into Telstra’s business. He is globally recognized as a thought leader in telecommunications.
His career reflects his passion for the advancement of information and communications technology and its role in creating a better society.
Young Tae Kim

Young Tae Kim

Secretary-General, International
Transport Forum (ITF)
Session 2 – Speaker

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He was elected by the transport ministers of ITF member countries at their annual summit in 2017. As Director-General and Deputy Director-General from 2015 in the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korean government, he was responsible for coordinating various transport policies including autonomous vehicle, greenhouse gas reduction, urban transportation, Intelligent Transport Systems and road safety, among others. From 2010 to 2014, he worked as Counsellor for Construction, Transport and Maritime Affairs at the Korean Embassy in Washington D.C..
Speakers & Panelists 7
Donyun Kim

Professor, Urban Design
Director & Smart Green City Lab,
SungKyunKwan University
Session 2 – Panelist

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He is a professor of Urban Design at SungKyunKwan University (SKKU), and also the director of Smart Green City Lab. He has served as a commissioner of the Presidential Commission on Architecture Policy and a committee on Green Growth to the President of Korea. He is also a director of the Smart City Hub UNI (UN-Habitat Partner University Initiative). He is participating in UN-Habitat Youth and City Policy Committee as a leading university professor of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Professor Kim has been a Chief Planner of Seoul Digital Media City (DMC) since 1997. He has designed and consulted Irkutsk Baikal Smart City and Danang Comprehensive Plan. He is currently leading a national project that aims to develop new models for industry cluster in Danang, sponsored by Korean Ministry of Land and Transportation and UN Habitat.
Dimitra Simeonidou

Dimitra Simeonidou

Chair Professor, High Performance Networks,
University of Bristol
Session 2 – Panelist

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She is a specialist in Smart City infrastructures. She specializes in high performance networks, data centre networking, Software Defined Networking as well. Dimitra and her group are instrumental in forming SME, Industry and University collaborations through European and national funding.
She is a co-founder of two spin-out companies; Ilotron (2000) which was subsequently acquired by the US Company Altamar in 2001, and Zeetta Networks – a University of Bristol spin-out. Zeetta is delivering SDN software platforms for enterprise networks. She is also the CTO for the Bristol Is Open (BIO) project , contributing the architecture for the smart city ICT infrastructure.
Speakers & Panelists 8

Ann-Louise Johansson

CEO, Qamcom Research & Technology
Session 2 – Panelist

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Usually the city only buys already developed products but here Qamcom is asked to actually develop the products and systems for the city. It’s a very interesting story. She is also a member of IVA’s Division VII Basic and Interdisciplinary Engineering Sciences. She is a high performing executive and leader. She has a very high capacity to manage complex assignments, and has at tough and dynamic times shown a strength to manage change. She is very intelligent and an excellent sparring partner.
Sooin Lee

Sooin Lee

Co-founder and CEO of Enuma

Session 3 – Speaker

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She is an education technology company with offices in Berkeley and Seoul. She designs exceptional learning apps that empower ALL children — including those with special needs or without access to resources — to become independent learners. Most recently, Sooinn led her team in the creation of Kitkit School, a comprehensive math and literacy learning suite for children in developing countries, which went on to win the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE competition. Before Kitkit School, she created the award-winning and chart-topping Todo Math, which has seen more than 7 million downloads worldwide, and designed the Project Injini series for young children with special needs.
In 2017, Sooin was named an Ashoka Fellow for her ongoing work in bringing accessible, quality education solutions to children around the world.
Speakers & Panelists 9

Ainomaija S. Haarla

Chair Of The Board Of Directors
at ProConsilium Ltd
Session 3 – Speaker

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She is a board professional, startups sparrer and academic. She has done a long career in various businesses: bio-products & related technol. (pulp, paper&cartonboard; biofuels; high protein plant food; packaging; alcoholic bever.), ICT (IoT; educational games; GDPR), design and higher education (entrepreneurship), in Finland&abroad, and worked with private equity as of 2006. Ainomaija is future-oriented, likes challenges, is value-driven and results-oriented, believes in the potential of young talents and is curious by nature. Ainomaija is driven by novel raw materials, design, sustainable solutions and impact investing.Dr. Haarla ran Technology Academy Finland in years 2009 – 2013 as its President & CEO before joining the faculty of Aalto University. She retired from there as a Professor, Corporate Entrepreneurship, at the end of 2017. She developed entrepreneurship education in particular, inserting suitable elements to traditional engineering curriculum at Batchelor, Master and Doctoral level in addition to teaching duties.
Speakers & Panelists 10

Jian Wang

Chairman, Alibaba Group Technology Committee
Session 3 – Speaker

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He is also a founder of Alibaba Cloud, honorary mayor of Yunqi Cloud Town and Xuelang Town, and the Volunteer of 2050. In early 2013, he launched Yunqi Cloud Town in Hangzhou to give young people a unique environment in which to innovate and start companies. In August 2017, Dr. Wang launched Xuelang Town in Wuxi, to promote the integration of manufacturing and the Internet, and encourage the Internet and data to become a new foundation for manufacturing. Before joining Alibaba, Dr. Wang served as deputy head of Microsoft’s Asia research institute standing committee. Before that, he was a professor of Psychology, doctoral adviser and department head at Hangzhou University and Zhejiang University. In 2014, he was listed as one of the China Central Television Top 10 Nationwide Science and Technology Innovators of the Year.
Speakers & Panelists 11

Myongsook Susan Oh

President, Korean Society for Engineering Education
Session 3 – Panelist

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She is a professor of Chemical Engineering Department at Hongik University in Seoul. Dr. Oh devotes her effort to develop women in engineering program and educational contents. With her colleagues, she introduced the concept of engineering education for women (EEW). For last seven years, she organized and chaired the EEW session in the annual conference of Korean Society of Engineering Education (KSEE). Dr. Oh now serves as a vice president of Korea Federation of Women’s Science and Technology Associations and a director of the Regional center for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology in Seoul.
Speakers & Panelists 12

Geoff Chase

Distinguished Professor,
University of Canterbury
Session 3 – Panelist

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He has extensive experience in developing and implementing engineering and technology education, including: Design and implementation leader for the University of Canterbury Mechatronics degree programme, which has outgrown both the “traditional” Mechanical and Electrical Engineering programmes. In addition, he has been a reviewer and developer of a range of new programmes (Mechatronics, Bioengineering, Medical Engineering) in NZ and overseas, leading content development in line with accreditation requirements. Prof Chase is actively engaged in engineering and technology education and leadership in developing programmes to meet future engineering needs and demands, as well as developing new approaches to meet new student needs and the substantial changes underway in how engineering education is delivered now and in future with the moves towards distance, self-paced, and independent (lifelong) learning.
Speakers & Panelists 13

Cristina Riesen

Founder and CEO at Educreators Foundation

Session 3 – Panelist

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She founded Educreators with the mission to accelerate positive change in education. Entrepreneur, startup mentor and lecturer, she is interested in using the power of technology and entrepreneurship to tackle complex societal challenges. Former General Manager for Evernote in Europe, Middle East and Africa, she is an EMScom graduate and a certified Hasso Plattner d.School design thinking professional with more than 10 years of experience in communications, international business development and high impact entrepreneurship.
Speakers & Panelists 14

Sang-Hyup Kim

President, Jeju Research Institute
Session 4 – Speaker

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He worked at the Office of the President of the Republic of Korea in 2008 as the Secretary for National Future and Vision, where he contributed in setting the historic “Low Carbon Green Growth” vision for Korea. In 2011, he became the Senior Secretary to the President for Green Growth, coordinating the planning, development and implementation of Korea’s Green Growth strategy. Through collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Green Growth and relevant ministries, his agenda ranges from national implementation of Green Growth policies to international climate change negotiations and promoting global cooperation for making Green Growth a global asset. He also served as a member of the Global Agenda Council.
Speakers & Panelists 15

Richard J Dawson

Professor, Earth System Engineering,
Newcastle University
Session 4 – Speaker

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In February 2019 he was appointed to the Adaptation Committee of the UK Government’s Committee on Climate Change. Prior to his current role he was lead researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research Cities Programme and responsible for delivering the Urban Integrated Assessment Facility. Prior to this he was appointed as a researcher at Newcastle University in 2004, having previously worked at Bristol University where he co-developed the National Flood Risk Assessment methodology that was subsequently used in the Office of Science and Technology’s Foresight: Future Flooding study. A distinctive feature of his work has been the application of engineering principles to broad scale modelling and analysis- recognition that engineering systems have a much wider influence than their physical form and need to be considered within their broader environmental and social context.
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Frank Rijsberman

Director General, Global Green Growth Institute
Session 4 – Speaker

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He leads the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in supporting governments transition towards a model of economic growth that is environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive. Upon assuming his position, he has engaged with senior international stakeholders to drive the green growth agenda and help mobilize finance for climate action and sustainable development. As an advocate for sustainable development, he is focused on supporting GGGI Member and partner governments to implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and achieve their Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets.
Akhilesh Gupta

Akhilesh Gupta

Adviser and Head of
Scientist-G & Strategic
Programmes, Minister for Science
Session 4 – Panelist

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He is an acclaimed expert in the domain of Climate Change. He worked in the India Meteorological Department during 1985-1994 as Meteorologist and then joined National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting, Department of Science & Technology (DST) where he worked at various levels until 2006. He worked as Head, Climate Change Programme at the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India and coordinating two National Missions on Climate Change of the Government of India.
François Bertiere

François Bertiere

CEO of Bouygues Immobilier
Session 4 – Panelist

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He is a businessperson who has been the head of 5 different companies.He holds the position of Chairman for Nextdoor SAS and Chairman & Chief Executive Officer for Bouygues Immobilier SA.
He is also Chairman at Bouygues Immobilier Foundation and Chairman of Fondation Des Ponts and on the board of 6 other companies.
He previously was Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of France Construction SA, Director-Urban Development at Communauté d’agglomération de Cergy-Pontoise (France) and Deputy Director at France Ministry of National Education.
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Yeora Chae

Climate, Air quality and Safety division in Korea Environment Institute, Korea
Session 4 – Panelist

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Dr. Yeora Chae is a director at Climate, Air quality and Safety division in Korea Environment Institute, Korea. Dr. Chae is specialized in integrated assessment of climate change and air pollution. Her recent work include “Socio-economic impacts of heatwave”, Integrated analysis of climate mitigation and adaptation. She has been previously worked on “Integrated Program on Urban, Regional, and Global Air Pollution : Mexico City case study” project as a post doctoral associate with Prof. Mario Molina at MIT, USA. First trained as a chemist at Ewha Women’s University, Korea, later specialized in Environmental studies. She completed MSc in Climate Change with distinction at University of East Anglia, UK. She obtained PhD. in climate change policy analysis with Dr. Chris Hope at University of Cambridge, UK.