Professor of Business Administration, The Catholic University of Korea Chair of the Board, International Council for Small Business Visiting Professor of Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Ki-Chan Kim is a Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea. He received a PhD from Seoul National University, Korea, and has researched at the University of Tokyo, and MIT as a visiting scholar. His research interests are modularization with IT, inter-firm relationship at the automotive industry, and supply chain management.

Dr. Kim is the current Chair of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) Board of Directors. He is Past-President of the Asian Council for Small Business, the Asian regional affiliate of ICSB. Through his role as Past-President, he hosted the 2014 Annual ACSB Asian SME Conference in Seoul, South Korea. He is also one of the Chief Researchers of HeBEx Healthiness of Business Ecosystems, a new and innovative report seeking to assess the relative healthiness of a country’s creativity, opportunity, and productivity.

Professor, Department of Management Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar & Professor of Management

Dr. Herman Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Management and the past chair of the Department of Management at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). He was elected for the presidency track of the Academy of Management (AOM), served as vice president and program chair for the AOM 2020 Virtual Conference, and is now serving as the academy’s president. The 2020, 2019 and 2018 Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers Reports ranked him among the world’s 100 most impactful researchers in economics and business. He has received career awards for lifetime contributions from the Academy of Management, Society for Human Resource Management, and Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Prior to joining GWSB, he was the John F. Mee Chair of Management and the Founding and Managing Director of the Institute for Global Organizational Effectiveness in the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.

In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at universities in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, France, Spain, Puerto Rico, Australia, and South Africa.​

His research is interdisciplinary and addresses the acquisition and deployment of talent in organizations and organizational research methods. Recent projects address star performance, corporate social responsibility & business sustainability, domestic and international workforce diversity, leadership, staffing, training and development, performance management, and innovative methodological approaches for developing and testing theories. His professional and life agenda is to have an impact on the academic community, but also on society at large.

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Executive Director, The Korean Management Institute President & CEO, International Council of Small Business (ICSB) Professor of Management, The George Washington University

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently a Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business. He is an award winning author and teacher, just been recently awarded the Most Outstanding faculty voted by students five years consecutive – 2015-2011. Dr. Tarabishy is the only faculty in the GW School of Business that teaches in two nationally ranked programs. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA and undergraduate students throughout the school of business.

Dr. El Tarabishy is also the President & CEO of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. ICSB is a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations across the globe and represented in over eighty countries.

Dr. El Tarabishy created and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference (GWOctober.org) that is hosted at the George Washington University. The GW October conference connects the latest and most cutting edge of entrepreneurship research to the most pressing and important national and international policy to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. The intersection of these two important topics makes the conference vital for global development.

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Director of GW Institute for Korean Studies; Korea Foundation Associate Professor of History, International Affairs, and East Asian Languages and Literatures

Jisoo M. Kim is a specialist in gender and legal history of early modern Korea. Her broader research interests include crime and justice, forensic medicine, history of emotions, literary representations of the law, diglossia, vernacular, and gender and sexuality. Her first book, The Emotions of Justice: Gender, Status, and Legal Performance in Chosŏn Korea (Seattle: University of Washington Press, December 2015), which received the 2017 James B. Palais Book Prize, traces the discourse of emotions in the realm of law and examines how the narrative of wŏn (冤) or the sense of being wronged played a crucial role in seeking and performing justice. She is currently working on a book project, tentatively titled Crime of Violence: Forensic Medicine, Dead Bodies, and Legal Emotions in Early Modern Korea.


Associate Research Professor of Practice; Associate Director of Institute for Korean Studies

Yonho is directing the policy programs at the Institute for Korean Studies: North Korea Economic Forum, North Korea Certificate Program, and Korea Policy Forum. He specializes in North Korea’s mobile telecommunications and U.S. policy towards North Korea. His research findings were covered by various media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Yonhap News, and Libération.

President and CEO of PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Aug. 2007 Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration, Hoseo University, Korea
Aug. 2003 Ph.D. in Business Management, Kyunghee University, Korea
May 1987 MBA, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Feb. 1973 Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University, Korea
Feb. 1971 BA in Electronics Engineering, Seoul National University, Korea


H.E. Ambassador OH JOON

His excellency served as the President of the Economic and Social Council until 2016. Ambassador Joon also served as the President of the Conference of States’ Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Previously, Ambassador Joon served as President of the Security Council from 2013-2014.

In his positions, Ambassador Joon has been an active leader on behalf of the United Nations on a variety of important issues involving relations between North Korea and it’s neighbors South Korea, China, and Russia. Most recently, Ambassador Joon spoke out about the need for governments to work together to realize and mitigate disasters caused by climate change and El Nino.

Prior to his role at the UN, Ambassador Joon he was Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Singapore from 2010-13 and Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Seoul from 2008-10.

Associate Dean for Executive Education, Program Director Master of Science in Finance, Professor of Finance, The George Washington University

George Jabbour is the associate dean for executive education, professor of finance, and director of the Masters in Finance Program at the George Washington University School of Business. He has been a consultant and conducting professional training for the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C. (USA), Vienna (Austria) and Islamabad (Pakistan), for The International Training Banking Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Center of Excellence in Management in Kuwait, and for Kipco Asset Management Group (KAMCO) in Kuwait. Dr. Jabbour was a visiting professor at Franklin College in Lugano (Switzerland), Dongseo University (South Korea), Holy Spirit University-Kaslik (Lebanon), Renmin University of Beijing (China), and Sorbonne University in Paris (France).

He developed curriculum for Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science degrees in business and finance. He has several publications in professional refereed journals. Dr. Jabbour co-authored “The Option Trader Handbook” for trade adjustments. His research papers were presented in the United States and around the world.

Dr. Jabbour is a member of several leading professional finance organizations and is member of the editorial advisory board of three journals. Four of his co-authored papers won the best paper award. Dr. Jabbour has received several Teaching Excellence Awards.

In addition to his academic career, Dr. Jabbour is very active in equity and derivatives trading. He was senior financial analyst at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and a consultant to several American corporations and international organizations. He has a doctorate in Finance, and a Master of Business Administration in finance, a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing, and a Bachelor of Science in mathematics.

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Associate Professor of Decision Sciences, The George Washington University

Young Hoon Kwak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Decision Sciences at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, D.C. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering and Project Management as well as Management of Technology (MOT) Certificate, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He worked as a visiting engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a visiting professor at the Florida International University, a visiting scholar at the IPA Institute, and currently holds a guest research professor position at the department of information science and operations management, faculty of economics and business administration at Ghent University in Belgium.

Dr. Kwak serves as a specialty editor (associate editor) for the case studies section of the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management (ASCE) and an associate editor for Journal of Management in Engineering (ASCE) and serves on the editorial board for IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management (IEEE), International Journal of Project Management (Elsevier), International Journal of Managing Projects in Business (Emerald) and Journal of Construction Engineering and Project Management (KICEM).

Dr. Kwak is a four-time recipient of research grants sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a three-time recipient of the IBM Center for The Business of Government’s research stipend. His research that was partially funded by PMI titled “Impact on Project Management of Allied Disciplines” received the 2008 International Project Management Association (IPMA) Outstanding Research Contributions Award. He recently published a new book (2014) titled “Challenges and Best Practices of Managing Government Projects and Programs” (PMI Publications).

Dr. Kwak has consulted and lectured worldwide with various organizations and presented and published over hundred articles in journals, books, book chapters, magazines, and conference proceedings. His scholarly works appear in California Management Review, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Journal of the Operational Research Society, IEEE Engineering Management Review, Technovation: The International Journal of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, Technological and Economic Development of Economy, Government Information Quarterly, International Journal of Project Management, Project Management Journal, International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Engineering Project Organization Journal, Risk Management: An International Journal, Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Journal of Management in Engineering, Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, Automation in Construction, Korean Management Review and other prestigious academic outlets.

Dr. Kwak’s primary research interests include strategic issues of project management; project control; project performance evaluation and improvement; management of technology; and engineering, construction, and infrastructure project management.

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Managing Director of Growth Dialogue & Professor of Practice of International Business, The George Washington University

Danny Leipziger is the managing director of the Growth Dialogue, a network that works to extend economic growth to as many places on the planet as possible. Driven by a passionate belief that without growth, sustainable development and improvements in people’s lives are impossible, the Growth Dialogue seeks to connect high level policymakers and thought leaders with those whose policy decisions can benefit from practical experience and the latest work on economic growth.

Dr. Leipziger formerly headed the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) vice presidency, a network of more than 700 economists and other professionals working on economic policy, lending, and analytic work for the World Bank’s client countries. In this capacity, he provided strategic leadership and direction to regional PREM units as well as groups working on economic policy formulation in the area of growth and poverty, debt, trade, gender, and public sector management and governance.

He was heavily involved in positioning the Bank on major economic policy issues and in managing the Bank’s overall interactions on these issues with key partner institutions – including the IMF, OECD, WTO, EU and the G8/G20. He led the repositioning of the World Bank on econonomic growth and launched the Bank’s Gender Action Plan. He advised to three World Bank Presidents and represented the Bank at major international conferences.

Dr. Leipziger has also provided commentary and analysis in both English and Spanish to newspapers such as the Financial Times and Le Monde, as well as to television networks such as the BBC, CNN, and Bloomberg Television.

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Associate Professor of International Business, The George Washington University

Liesl Riddle is an associate professor of international business and international affairs at the George Washington University School of Business. She also is the co-director of GWSB’s OntheBoard program, a fellowship program designed to promote women on corporate boards.

Dr. Riddle has written extensively about diasporas and development, international entrepreneurship, and trade and investment promotion. Having examined diaspora investment and entrepreneurship for over 20 years, Dr. Riddle has conducted research among 16 different diaspora communities in the USA and Europe originating from countries of origin in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. She was a founding member and director of the university’s Diaspora Research Program. Dr. Riddle is a frequent guest speaker at the US Foreign Service Institute in the Near East North Africa Area Studies Program.

Project Director, Korean Management Institute.

Dr. Jungho Suh is a teaching assistant professor of management and tourism studies at the George Washington University School of Business (GWSB). He joined GWSB from the Surrey International Institute at Dongbei University of Finance and Economics (SII-DUFE), China, where he served as assistant professor of tourism management for three years. His areas of expertise include destination branding, destination marketing, sustainable tourism management, social media marketing, hospitality marketing, service management, and the sharing economy.

Dr. Suh teaches undergraduate and MTA courses in hospitality management, digital marketing in hospitality and tourism, destination management, travel marketing communications, and conference and exhibition management. His teaching approach aims to design a collaborative team-based learning environment to cultivate students’ leadership and critical-thinking abilities in the context of hospitality and tourism.

To this end, Dr. Suh focuses on organizing learning communities within the classroom to advance collective knowledge in support of the development of personal knowledge. Moreover, to enhance his pedagogy, Dr. Suh completed two teaching certificates in evidence-based teaching from the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

Dr. Suh’s research interests are within the tourism and hospitality marketing domains. He takes interdisciplinary approaches drawing from both the marketing and communication disciplines to investigate the dynamics of stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry. He has been involved in a number of research projects in tourism and hospitality management funded by or in collaboration with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism; the Korea Tourism Organization; the Seoul Metropolitan Government, and Oakland County, Michigan.

Dr. Suh’s education has focused on tourism, hospitality, and convention management.

His pursuit of knowledge in these fields began during his undergraduate years, at the end of which he earned co-terminal bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Hotel and Tourism Management at Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea, where he graduated magna cum laude. In recognition of this distinction, Dr. Suh achieved early graduation by completing the undergraduate and graduate programs of 12 academic terms in 10 academic terms at Kyung Hee University. During his Ph.D. program in sustainable tourism management at Michigan State University, he pursued graduate specialization in hospitality business at the School of Hospitality Business.

In his undergraduate years, Dr. Suh performed his mandatory two-year military service, in the process being elected to what is referred to as the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army program. He served as a non-commissioned officer specializing in administration for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). This experience taught him how to endure and succeed in a highly challenging work environment. Accordingly, when he reentered academia, the experience gave him the enormously valuable benefit of discipline.

He is also an avid theatre-goer, art lover, traveler, and foodie at heart.

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International Program Officer, KMI

Dr. Soyoung “Sunny” An is a Senior Researcher of Sport Industry Studies at Yonsei University. She served as Assistant Professor of Tourism Management at Surrey International Institute-DUFE (2016-2021) and taught various courses, including International Tourism Destination Management, Sustainable Tourism Management, Cultural Heritage Tourism Management, and Tourism Planning. Dr. An earned her Ph.D. degree in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University.

International Program Officer at KMI
• Work directly with the executive team to develop the growth strategy for the international program.
• Build and manage KMI’s social media profiles and presence in South Korea, including Naver, Kakao, and other platforms.
• Provide oversight and general supervision of international programs.
• Support event management from inviting speakers to on-site preparation.

The Korean Management Institute (KMI) at The George Washington University School of Business (GWSB) brings together a wide range of business people, policy makers, academicians, government experts, students, and others who have an interest in U.S.- Korea relations. Their interaction with the Institute through a portfolio of diverse programs – classes, workshops, international exchange, executive education, and research – will enrich their professional experience and contribute to a greater understanding of U.S.-Korea relations.

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