Angela Joo-Hyun Kang is Founder and Executive President of Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (GCEF), a nonprofit organization to promote CSR, sustainability and business integrity, registered under the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy based in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Globally, Ms. Kang is currently a member of OECD BIAC Anti-Bribery/Corruption Task Force. She was a 2016 B20 China Infrastructure Task Force Group member, 2017 B20 Germany member of Financing Growth & Infrastructure Task Force Group, Responsible Business Conduct & Anti-Corruption Cross-Thematic Group, and Health Initiative Group as well as a delegate of South Korea to 2017 W20 Germany. She was an Asia Pacific jury member of Cartier Women's Initiative Awards invited by Cartier headquarter in Paris, France (2012-2014) and a judge of health enhancement category of Asian CSR Awards hosted by AIM-Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Center for Corporate Social Responsibility in Manila, Philippines (2010-2011).
Her experiences in public sector include an evaluation group member of leadership and responsible practices of state-owned enterprises and governmental organizations appointed by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance (2012-2014), a regulation reform committee member of the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (2012-2016), an advisor to the Presidential Council of Nation Branding for the South Korean government (2009-2010), an advisor to the Global CSR Committee of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) (2013-2015), and a central management committee member for social entrepreneur incubation project by Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Employment and Labor (2014-2015). She is currently a Business Ethics Trainer of the Korea Specialty Contractors Association, appointed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MOLIT).
From 1992, she worked in private sector including a Korean subsidiary of a French multinational corporation, Clarins, and KOSDAQ listed IT venture companies in PR, international sales and marketing fields. She developed global IT software distribution partner networks from zero to eleven countries in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America.
She has integrated her business experiences with her work in the nonprofit sector as the Strategic Alliance Manager of the Korean partner of International Youth Foundation in 2003, and then moved into the realm of CSR.
In the area of corporate philanthropy, she worked with Nsyscom, a Korean CSR consulting company, the Korean Corporate Citizenship Center and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship as a research associate.
Her corporate responsibility experience includes working with National Human Rights Council of Korea for human value centered management from 2007 to 2013. She was the Coordinator of UNDP/Global Compact Network Korea for the joint conference with UN Global Compact, UN Principles for Responsible Investment and UNEP Finance Initiative in 2008.
In order to improve business ethics and compliance of South Korean companies, as the project architect, she initiated two South Korean collective action projects of Siemens Integrity Initiative by Siemens AG and World Bank, NABIS (Northeast Asia Business Integrity School) implemented by FKI-IMI (Federation of Korean Industries-International Management Institute) as the South Korean Integrity Partner and GCEF as its partner organization from 2011 to 2014 and Fair Player Club implemented by Global Compact Network Korea as its South Korean Integrity Partner and GCEF as the partner organization from 2015 until now.
As a business policy improvement expert, she was a non-executive advisor to the new integrated Samsung C&T's CSR committee (2015).
She authored "Global Competitiveness of Innovative Leaders - CSR Strategy and CSV Talent (2015/ Seoul/Starbooks)" and the South Korea section of “The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Asia Pacific Volume (2015/UK/Greenleaf Publishing) including co-authoring of the South Korea section of “The World Guide to CSR (2010/UK/Greenleaf Publishing)”. She also co-authored “Trends and Strategies of CSR(Seoul/Community Chest of Korea)”. She translated Korean versions of “Beyond Good Company – Next Generation of Corporate Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan)” by FKI media, “Corporate Community Involvement (Greenleaf Publishing)” by Saeng-Gak-Bi-Hang, and “Social Innovation Inc. (Wiley)” by Young Idea in Seoul, South Korea.
She has spoken about CSR on various occasions: The 4th International Conference on Government and Business against Corruption in Public Procurement hosted by the Moscow Government, Russia, 2016 Collective Action Conference in Basel, Switzerland, International Workshop on Governance of State Owned Enterprises co-hosted by Department of Public Enterprises of the Government of India and the World Bank, the 4th Philippine Conference on Research in CSR co-hosted by Asian Development Bank and Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation, Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Manila, Philippines in 2009 and 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2010, and Bangkok, Thailand in 2012, 2011 World CSR Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2011 Kuwait CSR Conference in Kuwait, 2011 UN Global Compact CJK Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan, 2008 Asia Business Conference at Harvard Business School in Boston, US, Canon Institute of Global Studies, 2014 CSR Forum with UN hosted by UN Global Compact Network Korea and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of South Korea in Vietnam, European Chamber of Commerce Korea & Europe Korea Foundation, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Global Business School of the FKI-IMI, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) headquarter and KOTRA Manila, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and SMBA (Small and Medium Business Administration) etc.
Ms. Kang holds a bachelor’s degree of English Language and Literature from Yonsei University and a mid career master’s degree of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School where she was an Asia Program Fellow of Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (currently under Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation) as well as a Mason Fellow of the Edwards S. Mason Program in Public Policy and Management.