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Yong-Geun Kim

President of KIAT

Yong-Geun Kim, President of Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology(KIAT) which was established in May 2009 as a quasi-government institute according to the government's public institutes advancement plan, has played a critical and essential role in vitalizing Korea's industrial technology ecosystem.

Since the inauguration, he has promoted bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the US, European countries, Israel, Russia and China and developed joint R&D programmes at home and abroad, which made KIAT join as an associate member of
Eureka and the EEN(Enterprise Europe Network) and he also hosted successfully Tech+forum, a global network of intellectuals, showing the status of Korea as a technological power.

He graduated from Seoul National University of economics department and received a master's degree in public administration. Mr. Kim passed the public administration examination in 1980 and started his first career as a deputy director of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and then got major positions at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy such as industrial policy section chief, director of the bureau, director of general of local industrial balance development and deputy minister for industrial policy. He, as a true governmental official, had contributed to the development of the country's industrial technology by planning and supporting policies for it. With a 9 year overseas experience for OECD, at the US Hudson Institute and as a Geneva representative councilor, he has unique passions and interests in making Korea's R&D global.

His philosophy of industrial technology R&D could be expressed as ‘Technology is Art.' He has long thought that the global competition does not require just technology but a creative fusion of arts, emotion, culture and humans with it, ultimately leading to an overwhelming competitiveness. And he also quoted the success of Apple iPhone by suggesting the importance of contents and emphasized iPhone has a perfect combination of its remarkable technological power with arts of contents of more than 500,000. He said that advancement of the country's industrial technology in the future needs open innovation and industrial fusion through the globalization of R&D, and cultivation of creative talents through educational innovation.