With 30 years of hybrid 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 CSR, CSV, ESG, 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 (MCMPA) 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 a Senior Advisor of Arabesque S-Ray GmbH, a global ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) data provider, built in AI (Artificial Intelligence) from 2021 supporting the South Korean business development, an Anti-Corruption Committee member of Business at OECD (Business and Industry Advisory Committee / BIAC) from 2017 and a Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG) member of the UK funded FairBiz project of UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub advising its Diversity & Inclusion Platform from 2020.
For G20's official policy engagement groups, Ms. Kang was a 2016 Business 20 (B20) China Infrastructure Taskforce member, 2017 B20 Germany Financing Growth & Infrastructure Taskforce member as well as Responsible Business Conduct & Anti-Corruption Cross-Thematic Group member, 2018 B20 Argentina Integrity & Compliance Taskforce member, 2020 B20 Saudi Arabia Integrity & Compliance Taskforce member, and is currently 2021 B20 Italy Integrity & Compliance Taskforce member.
For women's empowerment, Ms. Kang is currently 2021 B20 Italy's women initiative member and Co-Head of South Korean Delegation to 2021 Women 20 (W20) Italy. She was a South Korean delegate of 2017 Women 20 (W20) Germany, 2018 W20 Argentina, and 2019 W20 Japan. During the 2020 W20 Saudi Arabian presidency year, the elected Digital Inclusion Working Group Chair and Co-Head of South Korean Delegation. 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 Chapter Lead of Harvard Kennedy School Women's Network (HKSWN) covering South Korea.
Originally, Ms. Kang started her career in 1992 and worked in the private sector for a decade, 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 (IYF) in 2003, and then moved into the realm of CSR.
Corporate philanthropy was her first CSR career, by working at Nsyscom, a Korean CSR consulting company. After Harvard, she worked at the Korean Corporate Citizenship Center and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship as a research associate for South Korean corporate clients in Boston, US. Then, she advanced her corporate responsibility experiences including various research projects for National Human Rights Council of Korea for human value centered management from 2007 and following years in the area of business and human rights. As a home-coming project, she worked as an individual contractor of UNDP Korea as 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. After GCEF's establishment in 2008, with GCEF's position, she served as a judge of health enhancement category of Asian CSR Awards by AIM-Ramon V. Del Rosario Sr. Center for CSR in Manila, Philippines (2010-2011), an advisor of Firm of Endearment Forum of POSCO (2012), and a non-executive CSR advisor to the new integrated Samsung C&T Corporation's CSR committee (2015).
In order to improve business integrity and compliance of South Korean companies, as the initiator and architect, she executed of two South Korean collective action projects of Siemens Integrity Initiative of 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 (2011-2014) and Fair Player Club implemented by Global Compact Network Korea as its South Korean Integrity Partner and GCEF as the partner organization (2015-2018). She has been a Business Ethics Trainer of the Korea Specialty Contractors Association, appointed by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (2016-present).
With GCEF's position, Ms. Kang served many roles in the public sector in South Korea including an advisor to the Presidential Council of Nation Branding (2009-2010), an evaluation group member of leadership and responsible practices of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) 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 Global CSR Committee of Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) (2013-2015), 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), and a mentor for a female youth mentoring program appointed by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family (2017-2019).
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 Its Impact on Ethics - Solving the Challenges of the Agenda 2030", the Book Series of Sustainable Finance (2021/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).
2021 Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network (HKSWN)'s online conference's W20 session
2020 W20 Saudi Arabia Virtual Summit's session on Women's Role in Fighting Corruption as Change Makers
2020 UNDP Webinar on Integrate Approach to Socio-Economic Response to Covid-19
2020 The 19th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)'s workshop sessions on <Moving from Commitment to Action> organized by UNDP Global Program on Anti-Corruption, Anti-Corruption for Peaceful and Inclusive Societies (ACPIS) as well as <Beyond Compliance: Innovative Approaches to Business Integrity and Responsible Business Conduct in Southeast Asia> co-organized by OECD and UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub
2020 Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Network (HKSWN)'s Global Coffee Chat Series (GCCS) webinar
2019 The 10th Regional Conference of Anti-Corruption Initiative for Asia-Pacific by ADB, OECD and UNDP in Hanoi, Vietnam
2019 The 26th World Road Congress' session on Promoting a Culture of Transparency and Integrity in Transport Administrations in Abu Dhabi, UAE
2019 The 4th Industrial Revolution & Ethics: 4IRE conference by European Women Lawyers Association (EWLA) in Madrid, Spain
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 Manila and Cebu, Philippines
2018 The 9th National Conference on Collective Action against Corruption in Bangkok, Thailand
2016 The 4th International Conference on Government and Business against Corruption in Public Procurement hosted by the Moscow Government in Moscow, Russia
2016 Collective Action Conference's research panel session on Evidence of Effectiveness, Results, and Advocacy in Basel, Switzerland
2015 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
2014 The 4th Philippine Conference on Research in CSR co-hosted by Asian Development Bank and Benita & Catalino Yap Foundation in Manila, Philippines
2013 Women's Forum for the Economy & Society's session on Women's Rights as an Essential Cooperation: What We Can Do in Deauville, France
2014 CSR Forum with UN hosted by Global Compact Network Korea and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the government of South Korea in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2012 & 2013 & 2015 CSR Forums of Canon Institute of Global Studies in Tokyo, Japan
2009-2012 Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Manila, Philippines (2009 & 2011), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2010), and Bangkok, Thailand (2012)
2011 World CSR Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2011 Kuwait CSR Conference in Kuwait
2011 UN Global Compact CJK Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan
2011 Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) headquarter and KOTRA Manila in Philippines
2009 CSR Luncheon, European Chamber of Commerce Korea & Europe Korea Foundation in Seoul, South Korea
2008 Asia Business Conference at Harvard Business School in Boston, US
Other various sessions hosted by Federation of Korean Industries (FKI), Global Business School of the FKI-International Management Institute, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), SMBA (Small and Medium Business Administration), various universities in South Korea, headquarters of South Korean corporations etc.