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K-Global is an annual convention held to acknowledge Korea's competitive technological advancements at Silicon Valley. Every year, we introduce Korea’s finest technologies and companies in AI, 5G, autonomous vehicle, robotics, IoT, and other fields to the US market. Our theme for 2022 is metaverse. We hope to introduce you to up-to-date technological trends in our current environment, build new business relations, and promote mutual advancement.


  • Oct 21, 2021

In fact, 65% of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP) is predicted to be digitized by 2022. Digitally transformed organizations will contribute to over half of the global GDP by 2023, reaching $53.3 trillion. From artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) to business process automation (BPA) and internet of things (IoT), the alphabet soup of digital transformation (DT) is changing our lives.

  • Oct 21, 2021

The virtual event will highlight trends and technological advancements in the IT and software sector through keynote speeches, forums, pitching competitions, and partnership expo to build mutually beneficial relationships among South Korean technology professionals and U.S. businesses.


An insider look at how global leaders at AWS, IBM, Twitter, SK Telecom and more see the future of digital transformation.

Posted by TechCrunch on Monday, October 18, 2021
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  • Oct 29, 2021

This particular innovation is an example of how digital transformation can impact businesses to reimagine their models and take their technology to a new level of efficiency and reach. Many of these ideas were derived from culture.


🚀The Pitch Championships Connect with the K-Founders. Learn more about pitch competitors, please visit...

Posted by KIC Silicon Valley on Thursday, October 28, 2021

🚀The Pitch Championships Connect with the Innovative Founders. 📣1st & 2nd place winners of K-Pitch will join the...

Posted by KIC Silicon Valley on Monday, November 1, 2021

⏰Save the date: K-Pitch Competition (11/9/2021) ✅Register https://bit.ly/3A6troZ Meet with the K-founders! We will...

Posted by KIC Silicon Valley on Tuesday, October 26, 2021

⏰Save the date: International Pitch Competition (11/10/2021) ✅Register https://bit.ly/3A6troZ Tune in to the...

Posted by KIC Silicon Valley on Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Speakers from 2021


Ranjan Sinha

Chief Technology Officer


Ranjan Sinha is an IBM Fellow, VP, and CTO for the IBM Global Chief Data Office. He is a digital transformation leader and innovator in data platforms, data engineering, and data science. He is on the front lines of transforming IBM into an AI Enterprise and helping IBM's clients navigate their data and AI journeys in a hybrid multi-cloud world. Additionally, he oversees the development and operations of the Cognitive Enterprise Data Platform, which is the data and AI backbone for IBM. Sinha is passionate about promoting wellness, safety and empowerment of vulnerable groups, and is an avid advocate for social and global issues.


Rinki Sethi

Chief Information Security Officer


Rinki Sethi is VP and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Twitter. She is responsible for leading efforts to protect Twitter’s information and technology assets and advising the company’s continued product innovations security. Previously, Sethi was VP & CISO at Rubrik, Inc. and has also held positions in online security infrastructure at such Fortune 500 companies as IBM, Palo Alto Networks, Intuit, eBay, Walmart.com, and PG&E. Rinki has received several accolades including the “One to Watch” award from CSO Magazine and the Executive Women’s Forum and the Senior Information Security Practitioner Award from ISC2. She has led an initiative to develop the first set of national cybersecurity badges and has worked to develop a curriculum for the Girl Scouts of USA.


Faraz Shafiq

Chief Digital Officer

Amazon Web Services

Currently working as a combination of CTO and CIO, Faraz Shafiq leads Digital Transformation and Enterprise Modernization at Amazon Web Services (AWS). Directly engaging with C-level executives at Fortune 500 firms globally, his team helps enterprises modernize their technology and application stack, data, and business platforms and products. Previously, Shafiq was the Senior VP and Chief Data and AI officer for Cambia, a 101-year old, $10 Billion healthcare company, and served as the Global Chief Data and Analytics Officer and Executive Managing Director for Verizon, responsible for reporting to the group CTO and EVP of Verizon and for Data Science and Internet of Things products and platforms. His key areas of expertise include Digital transformation, Data Products, 5G, Internet of things (IoT), data science, and AI. He also serves as an executive advisor to the Airbus group in France.


Jongmin Lee

Vice President

SK Telecom

Dr. Lee is currently Vice President (VP) and Head of Tech. Innovation CO at SK Telecom, the largest mobile network operator in Korea.

In this role, he leads the company’s ICT R&D strategy and technology-based business development to expand the technology portfolio and further strengthen SK Telecom’s leadership in global presence.

In addition, He is the key leader as a board member in Cast.era, a joint venture (JV) company between SK Telecom and Sinclair Broadcasting Group, which is the number one TV broadcasting company in US, that provides the next generation broadcasting solutions based on ATSC 3.0 in the U.S. and global markets.

Prior to his current role, Lee served as Head of Media R&D Center where he dedicated to develop diverse media technologies such as immersive AR/VR and personalized recommendation. He had also led the commercialization of ultra-low latency real-time streaming technology that reduces stream delay.

Dr. Lee, 200+ patents holder, has over a decade of experience in the media and wired/wireless telecommunication fields. He has been awarded many times including the Presidential Recognition for his outstanding research and development (R&D) achievements.

He has been actively involved with GSMA(Global System for Mobile Communications Association) since 2019 and NGMN(Next Generation Mobile Networks) since 2012 as a TG(Technology Group) member and a project leader of MCDO (Mobile Contents Delivery Optimization), respectively. Also, he has been involved with MPEG and ITU-T as working group Chair and Rapporteur.

Dr. Lee received his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea, in 2007 and 2010 respectively


Jeehyun Kim

Vice President


Jeehyun Kim is the vice president of SK mySUNI and has more than 25 years of experience in IT service and digital business industry. He joined Daum communication in 2005 and worked as a service strategist for mobile and new business development. Kim was also in charge of new business strategy at SK planet and headed digital transformation at OK cashbag. He is currently responsible for AI education planning and Digital Transformation research of the SK group.


Susan Akbarpour

Managing Partner

Candou Ventures

Susan Akbarpour is a philanthropist, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. She is the founder and board member of several start-ups and has over 30 years of hands-on experience building innovative products and businesses in technology and media. After graduating from Stanford University Graduate School of Business with a Master of Science in Management, she has made it her mission to develop, invest in and leverage consumer-centric technologies that can end the internet consumer as-a-product model. Akbarpour has recently joined Candou, an early-stage fund, as a managing partner and works on sourcing, development, and support of startups focused on SaaS, AI, blockchain, and the consumer internet. She also serves on the Facenote and Algopix board of directors while also being a limited partner in other funds such as Practical VC and Venture University Venture Partners. She is a contributor to Forbes, the IPR Journal, and Disruptor Daily as well.


John Burton

CEO, Co-founder


John Burton is a serial entrepreneur with extensive expertise in technology and manufacturing. He is the Co-founder and CEO of UrsaLeo, an immersive 3D platform that combines digital twin technology with real-time and historical data from IoT streams, ERP, maintenance, and other enterprise systems. In less than three years, Burton and his Co-founder have raised funding and built a platform that is disrupting the way IoT data is visualized, collected, and analyzed while also transforming the energy, construction, and manufacturing industries. Prior to UrsaLeo, Burton served as the president of Macnica Americas, formerly Octera Solutions, which he helped grow to more than $50MM in revenue. As the founder and president of Octera, Burton secured an acquisition from Macnica and remained as the president after the sale of the company helping to grow its success.


David Fattal

CEO, Co-founder


David is co-founder and CEO at LEIA Inc, the leading provider of Lightfield display hardware and content services for mobile devices and automotive. He previously spent 9 years at HP Labs working on various aspects of quantum computing and photonics, and specializing in the manipulation of light at the nanoscale. He holds a PhD in Physics from Stanford University and a BS in theoretical physics from Ecole Polytechnique, France. David holds over 100 granted patents and was featured on the 2013 list of 35 Innovator under 35 by the MIT technology Review. He co-authored the text-book “Single Photon Devices and Applications” and was awarded the French National Order of Merit in 2014 for developing the “Diffractive Lightfield Backlighting” concept.


Philip Yun

CEO, Co-founder


Philip Yun is the CEO and Co-founder of methinks Technologies Inc, a research technology platform with a mission to enable quicker, easier, and cheaper market and user research. methinks is revolutionizing traditional qualitative research methods with automated and AI-assisted features helping global enterprises like Verizon, Samsung, and BambooHR. As a serial entrepreneur, Yun also co-founded two mobile gaming companies, XOO and Funner. Before his entrepreneurial career, Philip Yun was the CEO of Naver US and Outspark. He studied at Seoul National University and started his career at IBM and later launched Playstation 2 in Korea for Sony Computer Entertainment.


Sangwon Lee

CEO, Co-founder


Sang Won Lee is the CEO of Qeexo and co-founded the company in 2012. Lee has over 17 years of experience in IoT, mobile tech, and telecommunications. Throughout his career, he has been at the forefront of innovation in these industries helping to bring to market new technology for the largest organizations in the ecosystem. At Samsung, Lee was responsible for planning next-generation products for the company, and as Mobile Device Product Manager at SK Telecom, he orchestrated the first international deal between a Korean telecommunications network operator and European handset manufacturers. He also spent time as a Technology Program Manager at HTC. He has an EE degree from POSTECH and an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.


Phil K. Yoon

Founder, General Partner

Big Basin Capital

Phil is the founder and General Partner of Big Basin Capital. Since founding Big Basin, he has raised three seed-stage funds and invested in more than 40 startups in Korea and the US in various sectors such as mobile application, e-commerce, enterprise software, digital content, education technology, and gaming. Phil serves on the board of many companies he backed, including Kong Studios, Cookat, ODK Media, Goodtime, Swingvy, and Classum.


Sungjoon Cho

Founder, General Partner

D20 Capital

Sungjoon Cho is a VC Investor at D20 Capital. Formerly at Amasia, Formation 8, McKinsey, and Samsung. He finished his M.B.A at Columbia Business School and got the master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Seoul National University.


Manoj Fernando



Manoj Fernando is currently the Founder & CEO of Thinktomi - a Silicon Valley School of Innovation. Thinktomi provides dynamic and experiential learning leveraging the latest entrepreneurship methodologies, innovation and digital business transformation programs with knowledge derived from game changing companies. Thinktomi has a rich network of Silicon Valley thought leaders that provide real-life skills and insights as they happen in the industry. Thinktomi programs are offered both in the US and Global markets. Over the past 5 years Manoj has worked with over 2500(+) students and 1000(+) startups around the world both teaching and mentoring these companies.


Austin Arensberg


Okta Ventures

Venture investor with focus on early-stage startups based in San Francisco. Currently serve as Director of Okta Ventures overseeing startup investments in privacy, identity, and security. Before Okta I led Scrum Ventures US Investments with a portfolio of over 65 startups.


Kwangrog Kim

Managing Partner

Primer Sazze Partners

Kwangrog Kim is Managing Partner of Primer Sazze Partners and currently lives in Silicon Valley and works in Silicon Valley and Seoul. He co-founded Sazze, Inc. in 2005 and serves as CFO, overseeing finance and human resources, and supervising strategy, product management and online marketing on various company projects. He set up several eCommerce projects at Sazze, Inc., including DealsPlus.com, WhizWallet.com and Progrids. Kwangrog co-founded Sazze Partners in 2014. He focuses on transformative consumer tech companies. Prior to co-founding Sazze, Kwangrog studied Civil Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.


Michael Pachos

Managing Director

Samsung Ventures

Michael Pachos is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures. He joined Samsung 2008, first working out of the Seoul headquarters, and then transferring to the Menlo Park office in 2013. He focuses on Consumer, Display, and IT related investments. Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Michael worked in the Samsung Group’s Global Strategy Group (GSG). GSG was established under the Chairman's Office to address strategic and operational issues at the CEO level of Group companies. Michael worked on projects involving M&A, convergence and digital media strategy, and channel strategy. Before joining Samsung Michael was a CPU architect at DEC, Compaq/HQ and Intel. Michael is also a Co-founder of Global Velocity; an enterprise security related Hardware Company.


Robert Neivert

Venture Partner

500 Startups

I am presently a Venture Partner at 500 Startups and a CEO of a startup. Previously I was an executive for startups having founded or worked at eight companies with four exits and four companies still operating. I was CEO for the last two venture-funded start-ups. I also maintain a broad domain of expertise, having held leadership positions in products, marketing, and operations. Academic credentials include a BA, BS, MS, and MBA degree from Stanford, Wesleyan, and Santa Clara. I am a 500 startups Venture Partner, a mentor/advisor for Cardinal Ventures, Stanford iFarm, and Stanford's Treehacks program as well as an executive advisor for over 15 funded startups, and previously held the position of Executive in Residence at Quest Venture Partners.


Jim Yang

CEO, Co-founder

Beluga Technology

Extensive leadership and hands-on experience building successful SaaS and consumer products with hundreds of millions of users. Experiences have spanned executive leadership, product management, marketing, sales enablement, client services, user experience design, strategy, monetization, search marketing, online communities, and e-commerce.


Brendon Kim

Managing Director

Samsung NEXT

Brendon Kim has been investing in early-stage startup companies for over 20 years. He is currently the VP, MD, Global Head of Samsung NEXT Ventures. The Ventures team invests in compelling early-stage software and services startups, bringing the power of the Samsung platform to accelerate their growth. Prior to joining Samsung, Brendon was a co-founding general partner of Altos Ventures, where he was a lead investor and board member in numerous early-stage software and services companies. Before co-founding Altos Ventures, he was a strategy and management consultant in the media, consumer, and technology industries. Brendon received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and his BA from Princeton University.


John Nam


Strong Ventures

John Nam is a Co-founder and Managing Partner at Strong Ventures. He was a former Vice President of International & Corporate Banking at U.S. Bancorp. He obtained Master of International Affairs, International Finance & Business from Columbia University.


Preetha Ram

Partner, Senior Managing Director

Pier 70 Ventures

Preetha is general partner and senior managing director at Pier 70 Ventures and is responsible for investments, portfolio management and the deal flow process. Pier 70 Ventures will invest in advanced technology companies that are creating the future of air mobility and that are making the air transport of people and things Safe, Smart and Sustainable. We are early and growth stage investors who bring not only capital but years of operational experience and an extensive global network in the aerospace industry to support our portfolio companies. We are particularly interested in Urban Air Mobility, Satellite Tech, Global Connectivity, Security, Advanced Manufacturing, and return-to-flight initiatives for commercial air travel. We leverage our expertise in advanced technologies such as AI/ML, AR/VR, Biometrics, Sensors, etc. and invest in companies that are solving enterprise-relevant problems today.


Rachel Chalmers

Partner, Director of Corporate Innovation

Alchemist Accelerator

Rachel is all about “helping to build software that makes life better.” She is pursuing her moto at Alchemist Accelerator inspiring many startups worldwide as a director of corporate innovation. She has been with Ignition Partners, Merian Ventures, and Autodesk.

Ranjan Sinha
Chief Technology Officer
Rinki Sethi
Chief Information Security Officer
Faraz Shafiq
Chief Digital Officer
Amazon Web Services
Jongmin Lee
Vice President
SK Telecom

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