On Friday, September 15, 2017, the Korean Management Institute (KMI) at The George Washington University School of Business sponsored monthly CUBOxKISO Lecture Series, which was successfully launched with huge interests. The event drew 50+ students from The George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the Johns Hopkins SAIS (School of Advanced International Studies). The lecture was delivered by Heenam Choi, the Deputy Minister for International Affairs of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance in the IMF.
The lecture program began with CUBO’s (Corean Undergraduate Business Organization) 2017-2018 General Body Meeting. Executive board members briefly introduced CUBO’s upcoming programs, which includes Job Hunting, CuboME, Case Study Group, Marketing Competition, CUBOxTED, and CPA/CFA Study Group.
Then followed the lecture from Heenam Choi. Before assuming his current position as Deputy Minister for International Affairs of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Dr. Choi has cultivated extensive international experience in financial services. During the first 20 minutes, he shared some of his valuable experience working at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Then for 40 minutes, there was a Q&A session where students avidly asked questions that encompassed a wide range of topics.
One graduate student from SAIS asked about the World Bank’s position in facing the establishment of China’s AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank), the counterpart of the World Bank’s ADB (Asia Development Bank). Uncertain of AIIB’s objectives, the Bank observed its behaviors closely in the beginning, Dr. Choi said. However, now they consider one another a strong partner whose synergy can be optimally beneficial for developing countries in Asia.
The lecture ended with a group photo with Dr. Choi and all of the attendees. CUBO, with KISO, is preparing another CUBOxTED talk this semester, so please keep an eye on updates for the next event.