Board of Directors

Dr. Jamie Younghee Sheen, Founder & CEO of naisA Global, Chairwoman

Dr. Sheen is a social entrepreneur, author, former research Associate Professor at American University and an expert in the field of applied linguistics, second language acquisition and TESOL.

Matt Garcell – Managing Director / Cushman & Wakefield

Mr. Garcell is Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Matt’s client portfolio includes Fortune 500 companies, law firms, not-for-profit organizations, technology, and media companies.

Tim Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote, Treasurer

Mr. Hwang is a technology entrepreneur and Senior Advisor for Government Innovation with experience building early-stage organizations and understanding complex policy issues. He currently serves as the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, revolutionizing the way organizations interact with open data.

Tim Hwang, Founder & CEO, FiscalNote, Treasurer

Mr. Hwang is a technology entrepreneur and Senior Advisor for Government Innovation with experience building early-stage organizations and understanding complex policy issues. He currently serves as the Founder and CEO of FiscalNote, revolutionizing the way organizations interact with open data.

Honorary Board

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, Founder & President, US-China Education Trust

Ambassador Julia Chang Bloch, the first Asian American to hold such rank in U.S. history, has had an extensive career in international affairs and government service, beginning in 1964 as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sabah, Malaysia and culminating as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Nepal in 1989.

Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Co-Founder, President, & CEO, S&R Foundation

Dr. Sachiko Kuno studied biochemistry and biochemical engineering as one of a few Japanese female scientists. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemical engineering from Kyoto University, Japan and has conducted post-doctoral research at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Professor Young-Key Kim-Renaud (Emeritus), George Washington University

Dr. Kim-Renaud is Professor ameritus of Korean Language, Culture and International Affairs at The George Washington University. She has received major research awards/grants and has been interviewed by various U.S. and Korean media, including the U.S. National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Korean KBS, MBC, YTN, and Segye Times.

Executive Board

Cal Simmons, DC Chair, Tiger 21

Mr. Simmons has 30 years of experience in building small businesses as a Founder, CEO, Director and Financier. He is also co-author of “Every Business Needs an Angel” (Random House 2001). He is interested in acquisition opportunities or partners willing to build companies.

Cynthia McGee, SVP & Senior Private Banker of Wells Fargo’s Private Bank in Washington DC.

Ms. McGee has more than 20 years of experience in banking and lending. She specializes in wealth management services and tailored solutions that help meet client’s unique and complex financial needs.

Danai Brooks, Managing Partner, Glen Echo Capital

Mr. Brooks is the Managing Partner of Glen Echo Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in small and medium-sized businesses in the industrial, business services and technology sectors.

Dr. Jim Liew, Assistant Professor of Finance, Johns Hopkins University, Carey Business School

Dr. Jim Kyung-Soo Liew is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and revels in pushing the boundaries of financial knowledge and product development both as an academic and FinTech Data Scientist.

Henry Kim, Vice President, Cardinal Health, Secretary

Mr. Kim is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Cardinal Health Medical Segment’s Hospital Services and Solutions business. His professional experience is a blend of consultant engineering, product development, product management, global and strategic marketing.

John Lin, President, CapStar Commercial Realty

Mr. Lin has been in the real industry since 1983. He founded CapStar Commercial Real Estate Services in 1994 and developed the organization into a recognized leader in leasing, tenant representation, property management, business valuation and acquisition, risk management, market analysis, and green energy.

Advisory Board

Jeffrey Houle, Partner at DLA Piper

Mr. Houle, a US lawyer and English solicitor with more than 20 years of legal and business experience, has represented Fortune 500 companies and members of the Forbes 400 and has closed more than $8 billion in transactions.

Nina Wang, Vice President/Senior Counsel, Greencourt Capital Inc.

Ms. Wang joined Greencourt Capital as Vice President and Senior Counsel. Greencourt Capital is a wholly owned Subsidiary of Shanghai Greencourt Investment Group Co. Ltd. Ms. Wang helped with the formation of W-G Capital, which is a venture of West Group and Greencourt Capital, and has been one of the five executive board of managers of W-G Capital.

Professor Gwanwoo Lee, American University

Professor Lee teaches digital leadership/strategy and edge of IT to undergraduate students and project management to MBA students.

Laura Beldin, Senior Vice President, US Trust

Ms. Beldin is a Senior Vice President at US Trust/Bank of America. Laura provides services & customized solutions to clients with complex financial needs including regarding investments, credit, banking and philanthropic and special assets management.

Bruce Goldberg, Partner, PwC

Mr. Goldberg is a Partner in the US firm since 1989, seconded to Seoul in May of 2009 and is now the Deputy Assurance Leader- Global for Samil PwC. He is responsible for delivering high quality, and at times highly complex, audits and business advice toclients across many industries.

Andy Meng

Mr. Meng has more than 12 years of strategy and analytical experience spanning over industries including Insurance, Financial Services, Telecommunication and Public Sector.

Bay Fang

Ms. Fang is an award-winning journalist and former diplomat, with experience in communications and foreign policy. Now focusing on issues in Asia, she served until recently in the Obama administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, overseeing public diplomacy and public affairs for Europe and Eurasia.

Bill Liu

Mr. Liu is currently VP of NaviAsia Group, Executive Director for North America of Hurun Report, and the Founder of Kellogg Alumni Club of Chicago-West.

Dr. J.R. Reagan

Dr. Reagan is Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (DTTL). The company has revenue of $34B, over 210,000 employees and operates in more than 150 countries.

Dr. Lay Nam Chang

Dr. Chang is the former Dean of the College of Science at Virginia Tech and Professor of Physics. Prior to this position, Dr. Chang was the Chair of the Department of Physics since 1995. 

Dr. Paul Y. Song, M.D.

Dr. Song is a physician, healthcare activist, and biotechnology executive who currently serves as the Executive Chairman of the Courage Campaign, a progressive online organization of 900,000 members. 

Duke Chung, Founder of Parature

Mr. Chung leads all aspects of the company’s global marketing strategies and corporate strategy to include overall branding initiatives and programs, product packaging and marketing, strategic alliances, and corporate development. He co-founded Parature with a vision to provide superior customer support software accessible via the Internet.

Gary Cao, Vice President – Insight & Analytics, U.S. Venture Inc.

Mr. Cao is an analytics executive leader in decision analytics strategies and implementation. After building advanced analytics teams in multiple companies in a wide range of industries, he is now Vice President – Insight & Analytics at U.S. Venture Inc, located at Appleton, Wisconsin.

Hiroaki Kuwajima

Mr. Kuwajima is the CFO at Aoyama Shachu Corporation, a Japanese policy advisory and consultancy firm. His policy expertise is in Japanese political economy. Previously, as a Senior Associate for Dream Incubator in Tokyo, he provided strategy consulting for top-tier Japanese corporations in multiple industries (IT, Healthcare, Electronics and Private Equity), especially focusing on globalizing clients’ operations in Asia.

Henry Tam, Jr.

Mr. Tam is Managing Director of Financial Services at Neustar Inc., an innovator in real-time information services and analytics based in Washington, D.C. Previously he was previsouly VP and General Manager of Mobile Self-Service at Millennial Media, where he led revenue growth globally, growing the business to a multi-million dollar operation in 10 months.

Les Johnson, Chicago Economic Society, Booth School

Mr. Johnson has over 30 years experience leading and managing operations in the federal and state government and private sector. He has excellent working relationships with multiple government departments, associations and companies in the US and internationally.

Ken Kuang

Mr. Kuang is a successful business owner, seasoned senior executive, Amazon Best Seller and one of the Most Admired CEO’s in San Diego.

Kenneth Lench

Mr. Lench is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s Government & Internal Investigations Practice Group in the Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on representing, and conducting internal investigations for, U.S. and foreign financial services and public companies relating to matters before government law enforcement agencies.

Mark Teitelbaum, Vice President, CBRE

Mr. Teitelbaum is an active business investor and is a first VP with CBRE specializing in tenant representation. He has 30 years of commercial real estate experience.

Ruchira Agrawal

Ms. Agrawal is a sales and marketing executive and comes to us with 20 years of experience in building revenue, relationships and brands in business to business and business to consumer sectors.

Dr. James Hahn, Professor of Biochemistry, The George Washington University

Dr. Hahn is currently a full professor and the former chair of the Department of Computer Science at The George Washington University where he has been a faculty since 1989.

Sim Khan, Founder, Brimble & Clark

Mr. Khan is an attorney-turned menswear entrepreneur who left the practice of law to build a custom clothing brand.

Dr. Elizabeth Cho-Fertikh, Founder, ECF BioSolutions

Dr. Cho-Fertikh is Founder of ECF Biosolutions, a life sciences consulting practice specializing in therapeutic and medical device start-up company growth and development. The practice provides non-dilutive and dilutive fundraising, preclinical – clinical stage testing and business development counsel.

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