With about 30 years of experiences in private, public and nonprofit sectors, Angela Joo-Hyun Kang is Founder and Executive President of Global Competitiveness Empowerment Forum (GCEF), a policy research and advocacy institute to promote corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business integrity, established in 2008, registered under the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) based in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
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 (after 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.
Globally, Ms. Kang is currently an OECD BIAC (Business and Industry Advisory Committee) Anti-Bribery/Corruption Committee member from 2017 and Advisor of Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) of the UK funded FairBiz project of UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub by advising its Diversity & Inclusion Platform from 2020.
For G20 related global policy engagement groups, Ms. Kang was a 2016 B20 China Infrastructure Task Force member, 2017 B20 Germany Financing Growth & Infrastructure Task Force member as well as Responsible Business Conduct & Anti-Corruption Cross-Thematic Group member, 2018 B20 Argentina Integrity & Compliance Task Force Group member and is currently 2020 B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity & Compliance Task Force Group member.
She was also a South Korean delegate of 2017 W20 Germany, 2018 W20 Argentina, and 2019 W20 Japan. Currently, she is Co-Head of W20 South Korean Delegation of 2020 W20 Saudi Arabian presidency year and the elected Digital Inclusion Working Group Chair of 2020 W20 Saudi Arabia. For women entrepreneurship, she was an Asia Pacific jury member of Cartier Women's Initiative Awards invited by Cartier headquarter in Paris, France (2012-2014). Also, she is the Seoul City Ambassador of Harvard Kennedy School Women's Network covering South Korea.
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 (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 the social entrepreneur incubation project of Korea Social Enterprise Promotion Agency under the Ministry of Employment and Labor (2014-2015). She was a mentor for a female youth mentoring program appointed by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (2017-2019).
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. From 2002 to 2003, she was Founder and CEO of Hands & Feet Co. Ltd., an IT marketing company. 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 experiences include various research projects for National Human Rights Council of Korea for human value centered management from 2007. Also, she was the Coordinator of Global Compact Network Korea for the joint trilateral conference of UN Global Compact HQ in New York, UN Principles for Responsible Investment HQ in London and UNEP Finance Initiative in Geneva in 2008 as an individual contractor of UNDP Korea. She was 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) and a non-executive CSR advisor to the new integrated Samsung C&T Corporation's CSR committee (2015).
In order to improve business ethics and compliance of South Korean companies, as the project architect and the project initiator, she executed of two South Korean collective action projects of Siemens Integrity Initiative by Siemens AG and World Bank as a project leader - 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 to 2018. She has been a Business Ethics Trainer of the Korea Specialty Contractors Association, appointed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (2016 - present).
She authored "Global Competitiveness of Innovative Leaders - CSR Strategy and CSV Talent (2015/ Seoul/Starbooks)" and the South Korea chapter of “The World Guide to Sustainable Enterprise: Asia Pacific Volume (2015/UK/Greenleaf Publishing). She co-authored "The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the Impact on Ethics", the Book Series of Sustainable Finance (2020/Switzerland/Springer), “The Warriors: Rural Women Around the World: 28 Enlightened Voices (2018/Costa Rica/Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture: IICA)”, the South Korea chapter of “The World Guide to CSR (2010/UK/Greenleaf Publishing)” and “Trends and Strategies of CSR(2010/Seoul/Community Chest of Korea)”. She translated Korean versions of “Beyond Good Company - Next Generation of Corporate Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan)” by FKI media(2008/Seoul), “Corporate Community Involvement (Greenleaf Publishing)” by Saeng-Gak-Bi-Hang(2011/Seoul), and “Social Innovation Inc. (Wiley)” by Young Idea(2011/Seoul).
She has spoken about CSR on various occasions: The 10th Regional Conference of Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific by ADB, OECD and UNDP in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2019, the 26th World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2019, the 4th Industrial Revolution & Ethics: 4IRE conference by European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) in Madrid, Spain in 2019, Philippine CSR Research Conference Policy Forums at Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Mandaue Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association Inc., University San Carlos, and University of San Jose-Recoletos in 2019, Thailand's 9th National Conference on Collective Action against Corruption in 2018, The 4th International Conference on Government and Business against Corruption in Public Procurement hosted by the Moscow Government in Moscow, Russia in 2016, Collective Action Conference in Basel, Switzerland in 2016, International Workshop on Governance of State Owned Enterprises co-hosted by Department of Public Enterprises of the Government of India and the World Bank in New Delhi, India, in 2015, the 4th Philippine Conference on Research in CSR co-hosted by Asian Development Bank and Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation in Manila, Philippines in 2014, Women's Forum for the Economy & Socieity in France in 2013, Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Manila, Philippines in 2009 and 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2010, and Bangkok, Thailand in 2012, World CSR Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2011, Kuwait CSR Conference in Kuwait in 2011, UN Global Compact CJK Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan in 2011, Asia Business Conference at Harvard Business School in Boston, US in 2008, Canon Institute of Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan in 2012, 2013, and 2015, CSR Forum with UN hosted by Global Compact Network Korea and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of South Korea in Vietnam in 2014, European Chamber of Commerce Korea & Europe Korea Foundation in 2009, Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) headquarter and KOTRA Manila in Philippines in 2011, Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Global Business School of the FKI-IMI, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and SMBA (Small and Medium Business Administration) etc.