Schedule

Day 1ㅣBirth or disappearance, where is our future headed to?

Time Program Participants
10:00~10:30

Opening Ceremony

  • [Opening Remarks] Kwak Jea-sun Chairman of KG · EDAILY
  • [Congratulatory Remarks] Yoon Suk-yeol President of the Republic of Korea(Written Congratulatory) Yun Jae-ok Floor Leader of People Power Party Kim Byong -joon Acting Chairman of The Federation of Korean Industries
10:30~11:00

Keynote Speech 1

Began population deadcross, seeks an rebound opportunity
  • [Presentation] Jacob Funk Kirkegaard Senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics(PIIE)
11:00~11:30

Keynote Speech 2

A Decided Future: What should Korea prepare for
  • [Presentation] Cho Young-tae Head of Population Policy Research Center at Seoul National University
11:30~11:50

Discussion

Korea seeks an opportunity to reverse the situation
  • [Discussion] Jacob Funk Kirkegaard Senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics(PIIE)
  • Cho Young-tae Head of Population Policy Research Center at Seoul National University
11:50~13:00 [Lunch Time]
13:00~14:00

Session 1

Today’s school, tomorrow’s education
  • [Moderator] Na Seung-il Professor, Dept. of Vocational Education and Workforce
  • [Discussion] Kim Nu-ri Professor of German Language and Literature at Chung-Ang University
  • Son Joo-eun Chairman of Megastudy Group
14:0~15:00

Session 2

Disappearing regions, vanishing Korea
  • [Moderator] Ma Kang-rae Professor of Urban Planning and Real Estate at Chung-Ang University
  • [Presentation/Panel] Kim Kwan-young Jeollabuk-do Governor
  • Itaru Watanabe, Mariko Watanabe CEO of Talmary
  • Park Jun-kyu CEO of Surfyybeach
  • Nam Sung-jun CEO of Dazayo
15:00~15:20 [Break Time]
15:20~16:10

Session 3

At the crossroads of change,
what is the survival strategy of companies?
  • [Moderator] Yi In-sill President of Korean Peninsula Population Institute for Future
  • [Pannel] Lee Kyung-hee Director of E-mart Research Center for Retailing Industry
  • Son Seung-woo Executive Director of Yuhan-kimberly
  • Yoo In-sang Partner of EY Consulting
16:10~16:50

Special Lecture

New National Defense in the time of Population Cliffs
  • [Presentation] Kim Jong-dae Visiting Scholar of Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies
16:50~17:40

Generation Forum 1

Family in crisis ‘The Family’
  • [MC] Kwak Jung-eun CEO of Meditation Lab
  • [Panel] Yoon Je-kyoon Film Director
  • Kim Keum-hee Writer

Day 2ㅣBeginning of a paradigm shift: Beyond survival to coexistence

Time Program Speaker
10:00~11:00

Keynote Speech 3

The Power of Population, Past, Present and Future
  • [MC] Lee Eun-ju Announcer of EDAILY TV
  • [Presentation] Paul Morland Director of Morland Strategic Services
11:00~12:00

Session 4

Pension, time for a great transformation
  • [Moderator] Kim Myoung-jung Senior Economist at NLI Research Institute
  • [Discussion] Kenjoh Yoshikazu Professor of Business and Commerce at Keio University
  • Ahn Cheol-soo Member of the National Assembly, People Power Party
12:00~13:10 [Lunch Time]
13:10~14:00

Special Lecture

Future value of human, can AI replace human?
  • [Presentation] Kwak Jae-sik Professor of Environmental and Safety Engineering at Soongsil Cyber University
14:00~15:00

Session 5

Job issues being left unanswered,
a solution is found in population
  • [Moderator] Lee Sam-sik President of Korea Population Health and Welfare Association
  • [Presentation/Panel] Kenjoh Eiko Professor of Economics at Asia University
  • Jeong Ji-weon Senior Advisor at Yulchon LLC
  • Kim Ju-young Member of the National Assembly, Democratic Party of Korea
15:00~16:20 [Break Time]
15:20~16:20

Session 6

Industrial trends and economy changed by demographic cliff
  • [Presentation] Lee Dong-wu Professor of Institute of Aging Society at Korea University
16:20~17:20

Generation Forum 2

Abnormal talks “Korea now”
  • [MC] Lee Hye-ra Journalist of EDAILYTV
  • [Panel] Carlos Gorito Entertainer(Brazil)
  • Anton Scholz German JournalistㆍConsultant of Korea Immigration Policy Committee
  • Ablan, Maribel Alcornoque Assistant Director of Hwasun-gun Office Family Vitality Division Multiculural Team

Special Session ㅣBravo, My Life

Time Program Speaker
14:00~15:00

Special Session 1

Living 'happily'
  • [MC] Yoon Taek Entertainer
  • [Presentation/Panel] Shin Kye-sook Professor of Department of Traditional Korean Cuisine at Baewha Women’s University
  • Kim Gyu-nam Former Director of Foreign Cooperation at Shinsung University
15:20~16:20

Special Session 2

Living ‘healthy’
  • [Presentation] Kim Tae-jung MD, PhD. Department of Neurology and Critical Care Seoul National University Hospital

Sessions

  • Keynote1 Session introduction

    As population dead cross has begun, we seek opportunities for rebound.

    Last year, the number of births in Korea was 240,000, while the number of deaths recorded 370,000. That is to say that we entered the “population dead cross,” where the number of deaths exceeds the number of births in a year. Dead cross already started in 2020. It is not a special phenomenon caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but an irresistible trend. The world is paying attention to Korea’s declining population. The question is, “Why did Korea become a country that does not give birth to children” when considering the fact that Korea has become an advanced country with high education and per capita income of $32,000. Jacob Kirkegaard, senior fellow at US Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and German Marshal Fund, takes a serious look at Korea’s declining population. He points out that Korea’s patriarchal family society and Confucian beliefs, which still can be witnessed in the country, are the reasons for women’s reluctance to give birth, and proposes to implement policies such as that of Europe’s to include equal parental leave and provision of support for children living together. During this session, we will observe population related countermeasures of each country and find out the direction Korea should go based such countermeasures.
  • Keynote Speech 2 Session introduction

    A decided future: What should Korea prepare for?

    (Cho Young-tae) The total fertility rate in Korea is 0.78. In anthropology, it has been considered that a total fertility rate of 0 cannot be achieved without experiencing pandemics, wars, and collapse of regimes throughout human history. However, Korea is showing that a total birthrate of 0 can be achieved without going through major historical changes. Nevertheless, people still appear to be indifferent to population. Key words like “Low birth rate and aging” have been mentioned for decades, but we just let time pass by. Our future has already been foreseen. The 25-29-year-old population, which is the mainstay of economic activity, will decrease to half of the total population by 2030, hitting the economy hard. There is not much time left, but we still have a little time to prepare. Companies can prepare for changes in the number of households in the future, and it is necessary to think about the changes in the role of teachers in preparation for a decrease in the number of students and appointment of teachers. During this session, we will look at how the population will change in the future and strategies to respond, such as what demographics we need to look at to prepare for the future from a demographic perspective.
  • Session 1 Introduction

    Today's school, tomorrow's education

    “Thank you for loving Seoul Hwayang Elementary School.” Hwayang Elementary School, which celebrated its 40th anniversary, which celebrated its 40th anniversary, closed in February with its last good bye. Although it was located at the center of Seoul City, the school disappeared into history as it was directly hit by a decrease in school-age population. So far, 3,923 schools nationwide have been closed for similar reasons. With the number of children born reduced by a quarter compared to 1970, it is predicted that the rate of school closures will increase even faster. Experts are pointing out that even now, the education system should be overhauled to change the plummeting school age-population. Professor Kim Nuri of Chung Ang University, who is calling for “abolition of competitive education,” emphasizes that a reform in education system that no longer forces children into competition will change the demographic cliff situation. The master of private education and CEO of Megastudy, Son Joo-eun also suggests a new alternative, saying that the era of success only through studying is now over. Na Seung-il, former Vice Minister of Education, will serve as the moderator and point out the direction of education reform.
  • Session 2 Introduction

    Disappearing rural areas vanishing Korea

    Yeongyang, Gunwi, and Cheongsong in North Gyeongsang Province, Jangsu in North Jeolla Province, and Yanggu and Hwacheon in Gangwon Province all have something in common. That is, the population is less than 25,000. In particular, there are less than 600 people under the age of 10 in Gunwi and Yeongyang, making them areas with the highest risk of extinction. Such risk is expected to occur in most small and medium-sized cities within 30 years. As long as there is no work in the regions, young people have no choice but to flock to metropolitan areas. With no young people in the hometowns, children will also disappear. Hometowns will eventually lose vitality and left with nothing but their names and seniors. Kim Kwan-yong, North Jeolla Governor, who has high expectations as the youngest provincial governor, will reveal the possibility of change as a “North Jeolla Special Self-Governing Province” at the Strategy Forum, pointing out the situation in which 10 out of 14 cities and counties in danger of disappearing due to outflow of youth and aging population. Mr. and Mrs. Watanabe of “Talmary,” who opened a natural circulation bakery in a small rural village in Japan that attracted tourists and revived the local economy, and Park Jun-kyu, CEO of Surfyy Beach, who transformed Yangyang, Gangwon Province, into the mecca of surfing, will discuss how they contributed to reviving the local economy. At the Strategy Forum, you will be able to find out their decisive strategy to revive the regions.
  • Session 3 Introduction

    At the crossroads of change, what is the survival strategy of companies?

    The decrease in population will bring about major changes in the management of companies. It is expected that we will face various problems, including having no one to work due to shrinking working-age population, the aging of the average age of employees due to extension of the retirement age, and changes in marketing or sales strategies as a result of changes in the demographic structure. Furthermore, certain jobs may disappear due to lack of manpower, or artificial intelligence (AI) may replace them. Yi Insill, President of Korean Peninsula Population Institute for Future, will moderate Session 3 and cover situations and problems that companies are facing, as well as what they should do to respond to decreasing population.
  • Special lecture

    New National Defense in the time of Population Cliffs

    Military units in Korea, a “divided country” and a “country in armistice,” are dissolving. Four corps in the Army alone has been disbanded, including the 27th Infantry Division that people have heard of even if they haven’t served the military and the 8th Corps, which was responsible for guarding the borders of the East Sea and Gangneung, have already been disbanded. This is due to a natural decline in military resources as a result of population decline, making it more challenging for the military to maintain the status quo. The government also feels a sense of crisis and is in search for various means to maintain the current military. The conversion to an all-volunteer system, in particular, is gaining attention. Amidst a decrease in population to the extent where it becomes impossible to recruit troops, people are turning towards the solution of recruiting troops with applicants to create elite troops. Of course, an increase in defense cost will be inevitable in this situation, but some predict that the economic effect from a reduction in military force will be substantial. In this session, Kim Jong-dae, a visiting professor at Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies (former member of the National Assembly) will take the podium as a speaker to discuss the sustainable future of the military. He will analyze the necessity of national defense reform focusing on the key word, “volunteer military system,” and the impact changing demographic structure will have on our society.
  • Generation Forum 1

    “The Family,” family in crisis

    The era of introducing one’s family by starting out with a cliche, “I was raised by a stern father and a benevolent mother,” is now over. The demographic structure of our country is changing. Korea, where the era of low birthrate and aging population has arrived, is now witnessing various types of families. How is our changed society depicted in novels, movies, and dramas? Creators who dealt with “family” of different generations gathered in one place. Director Yoon Je-kyoon, who portrayed the baby boomer generation in the movie “Ode to My Father,” will be the MC and talk about the family of the past, present, and future. Actress Kim Ga-ran, who played the role of various family members in weekend and daily dramas, will participate to convey her honest thoughts on women at the “optimal age for marriage and childbirth.” We will have an opportunity to listen to the story of the “alternative family,” that appeared in the novel.
  • Keynote3 Session introduction

    The Power of Population, Past, Present and Future

    Population has always been historically important. When taking a close look at the changes in population, you can see that population has played a decisive role in each inflection point in world history. The rise and fall of the British Empire, the Arab Spring that has brought about a revolution in the Middle East, and UK’s decision to Brexit are all closely related to population issues. Paul Morland, author of says that population has always been an important key word historically. He also raises his voice to countries that experience population decrease to have a sense of crisis. North Asian countries including Korea are subject to such country in crisis. Population and the destiny of human beings are inextricably linked. In this session, we will listen to the history of population, which has always been important in history, and shed light on the reason why European countries, including Germany, prevented population decline and achieved a rebound in birth rates.
  • Session 4 Introduction

    Pension, time for a great transformation

    According to the government’s 5th national pension fiscal estimate, if the national pension remains as it is, an account deficit will occur from 2041 when expenditures exceed revenues, and the fund will be exhausted by 2055. If the fund runs out without improving the current system, we need to adopt a “pay-as-you-go system” to provide support to the elderly by collecting necessary funds for that year as insurance premiums every year. If this becomes a reality, insurance premium will be 5 times higher than the current (9%). The burden of future generations will inevitably increase. Young people and the elderly who look at them also agree on the need for a reform. Pension experts point out that the time when the last generation of baby boomers is about to retire is the best time for a pension reform, but the wheel of reform is stuck. This is because fast paced discussions at the National Assembly ahead of next year’s general election are at a standstill in fear of losing votes. At the Strategy Forum, Professor Kenjoh Yoshikazu of Business and Commerce at Keio University, who has led Japan’s pension reform in 2004 as a scholar, and Ahn Cheol-soo, member of the National Assembly as part of the People Power Party, who emphasized that “pension reform is necessary to make Korea a sustainable country,” seek specific means to implement pension reform through discussions.
  • Special lecture

    Future value of human, can AI replace human?

    As artificial intelligence (AI) technology develops rapidly around the world, concerns are being raised that AI can threaten human jobs. Significant changes are already taking place, with companies cutting back on jobs that AI can replace. In particular, the advent of ChatGPT, which enables the creation of papers, poems, and novels, indicates a grim prediction that “there will be mass unemployment of related experts.” However, some predict that the spread of AI will not take over human jobs but actually evolve them. This is because humans are quite aggressive in discovering new jobs. Kwak Jae-sik, a doctor in engineering and Professor of Environmental Safety and Engineering at Soongsil Cyber University, will take time to go over the future of humans that AI will change.
  • Session 5 Introduction

    Job issues being left unanswered, a solution is found in population

    Labor reform that President Yoon Seok-yeol’s administration has driven strongly has come to a standstill. The “maximum 69 hours a week system” has fallen into a swamp of controversy, unable to take a single step forward despite piles of pending issues to be dealt. What about Japan, a neighboring country that pushed for several labor reforms before Korea? Kenjoh Eiko, a labor economist in Japan and a professor at Asia University, will share the entire process of Japan’s labor reform and the direction Korea’s labor reform should take. Lee Sam-sik, President of Korea Population Health and Welfare Association will moderate the Session and seek solutions to problems pertaining to working hours and extension of retirement age in an aging society with a low birthrate with National Assembly member Kim Ju-dang and Senior Advisor at Yulchon Llc Jeong Ji Woen.
  • Session 6 Introduction

    Industrial trends and economy changed by demographic cliff

    Population change and economic and industrial trends are inextricably linked. How should the economy and industry respond to changes in the current population structure of Korea, where the number of children born is decreasing while the number of the elderly is increasing? At the 14 EDAILY Strategy Forum Session 6 “Economy/Industry,” Lee Dong-wu, CEO of Agelab Korea, will go over the direction in which the Korean economy and industry are changing as they enter low birth rate and aging society. In particular, it introduces the economic and industrial trend necessary for “seniors” over the age of 65, as they will account for about 20% of the total population by 2025. At this session, we will learn about the consumption power of seniors who will stand tall as confident economic agents rather than simply remaining as “seniors” in society. In addition, we will review the economic structure that fits the need and demand of seniors, not to mention finding the direction Korean companies need to take to respond accordingly.
  • Generation Forum 2

    Abnormal talks “Korea now”

    Korea, a country with the lowest number of babies born in the world. How do foreigners perceive Korea? It would not have been easy to live as a foreigner in a country far away from their homes. And yet, there are people who have made up their minds to live in Korea thinking “Korea is a country worth living.” Let’s listen to candid stories from foreigners at the top of “Abnormal Talks,” including Carlos Gorito, a representative “son-in-law” from Brazil, a country that enjoys a population of more than 200 million.
  • Special Session 1

    Living ‘happily’

    Have you planned for the 2 nd Act of your life after retirement? The legal retirement age for general workers in Korea is 60 years old, and the actual retirement age that people feel on site is 50 years old. Considering that the healthspan is 66.3 years old and life expectancy is 83.5 years old as of 2020, a person needs to live 20~33 years after retirement. There are a number of people who vaguely think about moving to the countryside to farm or going on a trip. However, even this does not seem to be easy and people tend to give up. At the Strategy Forum we have invited two guests who realized this. Professor Shin Kyesook at Baehwa Women's University, who finds the second happiness while traveling the entire country on a motorcycle, and writer Kim Kyu-nam, who is enjoying Act 2 of a happy life by successfully returning to farming, will share what is necessary for Act 2 of one’s life and secrets to living a happy one. This session will be hosted by comedian Yoon Taek, who is well known for starring the popular program among to-be retirees called “I am a Natural Person”.
  • Special Session 2

    Living ‘healthy’

    Good health is essential for happy later years. In an age-specific survey conducted by EDAILY’s annual project, "Aging Korea,” one out of three people aged 65 or more cited health problems as their biggest concern. This is because they tend to visit the hospital everyday as they feel that something is wrong in every corner of the body that used to be okay before retirement. So, we prepared the following for you. Kim Tae-jeong, a professor of neurology at Seoul National University Hospital who won the “Young Researcher Award” at the Korean Stroke Society and the "Young Intensivist” award at the Korean Society of Critical Care Medicine, will share a story on the health of middle-aged people who are about to retire. Explanations on diseases that we need to be cautious of and those that our parents should pay heed to will be presented as well. Direct health consultation will also be provided on site. This is very tempting.

Speakers

  • Jacob Funk KirkegaardSenior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics(PIIE) As a nonresident senior fellow with the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), a leading think tank in the United States, and researcher at the German Marshall Fund for more than 20 years, dealing with the social structure and economic issues of the world to include Europe and the United States. He has a particular focus on immigration, pension systems and demographic trends, and is currently researching the European economy and its structural and institutional reforms, climate crisis and its economic impact, and the US-China economic war. In particular, a report published by PIIE in July last year titled “Why gender disparities persist in South Korea’s labor market” and a one published in 2021 titled “The pandemic’s long reach: South Korea’s fiscal and fertility outlook” focused on the fertility rate of Korea. He is a graduate of the Danish Army’s Special School of Intelligence and Linguistics, the University of Aarhus in Aarhus, Denmark, Columbia University in New York, and received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Cho Young-taeHead of Population Policy Research Center at Seoul National University Professor of public health at Seoul National University. Concentrating on reading the characteristics and changes of the society by analyzing the demographic phenomenon of people being born, living, and dying, he currently leads the Population Policy Research Center at Seoul National University. In 2016, he published his first book, “The Fixed Future,” which presented an image of changes due to demographic changes in the Korean society, and led the popularization of demography. In his recent book, “The Future of Population Coexistence,” he presented Korea’s response toward its declining population due to low birth rate and aging population. His other books include “Opportunities in the Fixed Future Market” and “A World Where Children Disappear (co-authored),” and received the Grand Prize at Jeong Jin-ki Media and Culture Award for “The Fixed Future” in 2017. After graduating from the Department of Sociology at Korea University, he received a master’s degree in sociology and a PhD in demography from University of Texas, US.
  • Paul MorlandDirector of Morland Strategic Services A research fellow at Birkbeck, University of London and a world-renowned demographer. He studied at the Oxford University and has a PhD in political demography from the University of London. Prior to this, he spent more than 25 years working as a business consultant for financial services companies such as fund managing companies, investment banks (IBs) and insurance companies, exploring global consumption and economic trends. Subsequently, he gained global attention as a demographer through his book in 2019, The Human Tide: How Population Shaped the Modern World, which explored world history from a demographic perspective over the past 200 years. The book has been published in nine languages, including German, Dutch, and Chinese, with a Korean version coming out in 2020. His most recent book is “Tomorrow’s People.”
  • Na Seung-ilProfessor, Dept. of Vocational Education and Workforce Development He is a leading education expert in Korea. In 2013, he served as the 7th Vice Minister of Education, focusing on developing policies related to vocational education, including specialized high schools. Currently, he is a professor of Vocational Education and Workforce Development Department at Seoul National University and conducts research on theories and knowledge-based industrial workforce development. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and a master’s degree in education from Seoul National University, and a PhD in industrial education from Ohio State University.
  • Kim Nu-riProfessor of German Language and Literature at Chung-Ang University Professor of German Language and Literature and Chief of Germany and Europe Research Center at Chung Ang University. In 1989, he left to study in Germany, studied German literature at the University of Bremen, and received his PhD in German modern literature research. Recently, through various lectures, he emphasizes the absurdity of education in Korea, problems pertaining to social structure, and the necessity of educational reform. Based on a deep understanding of German society, he is voicing the direction the society should take. His books include “Allegory and History: Culture and Ideology of Günter Grass,” “Speaking of the Unification of Germany,” and “Our Misfortune is Not a Natural Result.”
  • Son Joo-eunChairman of Megastudy Group He is considered as the godfather and educational mentor of Korea’s private education community. After entering Seoul National University’s College of Humanities and majoring in Western history, he became famous as a “great instructor” through personal tutoring from the last semester of his senior year. Then, in 1990s, he buckled down to teaching private academies and became a star instructor known a “Son Satam”. In 2000, Megastudy, a company specializing in online education for school entrance exam, was established to open the era of “internet lecture” and provided opportunities for students across the country to listen to lectures by top instructors. Currently, he is dedicated to the Yoonmin Foundation that supports startups outside classrooms.
  • Ma Kang-raeProfessor of Urban Planning and Real Estate at Chung-Ang University He is an urban planner who conducts various researches on balanced national development through urban planning, urban regeneration, and urban administration. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in applied statistics and economics from Chung Ang University and a master’s degree in urban planning from Seoul National University. After completing his doctoral degree at the University of London in the United Kingdom, he has been working as a professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate at Chung Ang University since 2007. He has authored books such as “Everyone Lives Only When the Baby Boomer Leaves,” “The Blacklist of Provincial Cities,” “Decentralization Ruins Localities,” and “Real Estate: Fair Misfortune for Everyone,” through which he has presented solutions to local issues for a balanced national development.
  • Kim Kwan-YoungJeollabuk-do Governor Governor of North Jeolla Province. In last year’s local elections, he was named the “youngest provincial governor.” Since taking office as the provincial governor, he has been actively raising his voice to solve population problems in North Jeolla Province, where the rate of population decline is accelerating. With the upcoming launch of the Special Self-governing Province next year, he is also serving as the vice president of the Governors Association of Korea to “save provinces.” After studying business administration at Sungkyunkwan University, he received a master’s degree in public administration from Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Public Administration. He served as a member of the 19th and 20th National Assembly.
  • Watanabe ItaruCEO of Talmary Joint operator of “Talmary,” located in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. After staying in Hungary for a year from the age of 23, he became interested in agriculture and majored in horticulture at Chiba University. Afterwards, he started learning how to make bread at the age of 31 while working at an agricultural distribution company and opened Talmary in 2008. Studying how to bake bread using wild fungi, he started to collect koji mold. In search of an unpolluted natural environment, he moved his bakery from Chiba Prefecture to Okayama, and then to Tottori. Since its founding, he learned carpentry, decorated his own bakery, and contributed to the economic revitalization of areas in danger of disappearing.
  • Watanabe MarikoCEO of Talmary Joint operator of “Talmary,” located in Tottori Prefecture, Japan. Ever since she was a child, she has longed for a rural lifestyle and felt a sense of crisis regarding environmental issues. She entered the Faculty of Agriculture at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, majoring in environmental sociology, and undertook training with farmers in Japan, the US, and New Zealand at environmental education sites. Through her thesis, she also contemplated on the possibility of women living in rural areas. After working at an agricultural product distribution company, she opened “Talmary” in 2008, and is in charge of business and management, including sales and planning, accounting, PR and general affairs. In 2020, she created a community development group and is exerting efforts to utilize local resources and realize long-term tourism.
  • Park Jun-kyuCEO of Surfyybeach He is the representative of “Surffy Beach (Raon Surfing Resort),” which has turned Yangyang in Gangwon Province into a surfing paradise. He is originally from Gangwon Province and a local creator who revitalized the Yangyang beach, which was previously inaccessible to civilians due to military restrictions. He desired to transform the beautiful East Coast into a vibrant place filled with youthful energy. He has played a pivotal role in making the place a “hip” region throughout the year, with it being a mecca of surfing during the day and a destination for beach parties at night. As a startup entrepreneur who revived a declining local area, he is also pursuing sustainability of local entrepreneurship.
  • Nam Sung-junCEO of Dazayo He is the CEO of the vacant house regeneration startup called “Dajayo.” Originally from Jeju Island, he has been seeking solutions to revitalize his hometown. Starting with an accommodation platform business in 2015, he is now involved in transforming vacant houses into accommodations and adding new value. His goal is to expand the business beyond Jeju Island to nationwide, not least worldwide.
  • Yi In-sillPresident of Korean Peninsula Population Institute for Future She is a leading economist in Korea who served as the 12th Commissioner of Statistics Korea. Currently, she is serving as the president of the Korean Peninsula Population Institute for Future, a private organization that predicts the future caused by the demographic changes that Korea is facing and studies countermeasures. The purpose is to create a sustainable Korea by gathering the opinions of both the academia and private companies. She majored in geology and economics at Yonsei University and acquired a PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. Afterwards, she served as a professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Sogang University after working at Hana Economic Research Institute and the Korea Economic Research Institute.
  • Lee Kyoung-heeDirector of E-mart Research Center for Retailing Industry As Korea’s representative retailing specialist, Kyoung-hee Lee has presented the direction and future strategy of the retailing industry based on the consumers’ sentiment and data. Earlier, she worked as a senior researcher, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy and as a senior researcher at Korea Economic Research Institute. Currently, as the director of Emart Research Center for Retailing Industry, she endeavors to keep the sustainability of the retailing industry and analyzes the consumption patterns based on the ever-changing population structure.
  • Son Seung-wooExecutive Director of Yuhan-kimberly Yuhan-Kimberly’s representative campaign, “Keep Korea Green” was created by Seung-woo Son, the ESG (environment/society/governance) expert of the environment management company in Korea. Currently, he leads the campaign “Seniors are Resources” to resolve the super-aged society issue. Along with this campaign led by Son, the company provides financial support for sustainable ideas and business models in the senior business and donates its revenue in part from the sale of adult diapers to the fund for creating senior citizens’ jobs.
  • Kim Yong-geunHead of Corporate Citizenship Strategy Group, POSCO Yong-Geun Kim Ph.D. is Head of Corporate Citizenship Strategy Group, POSCO. And he is deputy director of Corporate Citizenship Research Institute and adjunct professor at POSTECH. His research focuses on ESG, Corporate Citizenship, Leadership, HR and his scholarly works have been published academic journals including International Journal of HRM, Journal of Asian Sociology and many Korean academic journals. He has a variety professional and teaching experience including POSCO, POSRI, IBM and Temple University. He received MBA from Seoul National University, PhD from Sungkyunkwan University and professional certificate from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • Yoo In-sangPartner, EY Consulting In Sang Yoo leads Enterprise Risk and ESG consulting at EY Consulting. He is a professional in ESG risk assessment and strategy, providing consultation to both domestic and international companies on ESG strategy and implementation. He has undertaken various ESG related consulting projects including risk assessment and sustainability management strategies in economic, social and environmental aspects for a domestic chemical company, RE100 strategies and implementation plans for a Korean global corporation, and carbon neutrality strategies for overseas countries. He is certified by the Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants (KICPA). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from Yonsei University.
  • Kim Jong-daeVisiting Scholar of Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies Jong-Dae Kim is the national defense and security expert. He has brought up to our society the needs of the national defense reform for securing the working age population in the face of the demographic cliff. He was elected as the 20th National Assemblyman and served as the national defense committee member. Earlier, he worked as the security administrative officer of the Presidential Transition Committee under the Kim Dae-Jung Administration, the national defense expert member of the Presidential Transition Committee under the Roh Moo-Hyun Administration, the administrative officer of the Assistant Secretary Office for National Defense, Office of the President and the policy advisor to the Minister of Defense.
  • Kwak Jung-eunCEO of Meditation Lab As the former journalist and the author, lecturer, and entrepreneur, Jung-eun Kwak become known to the public when she was on a JTBC show entitled Witch Hunt in 2013. Recently, she has joined “Love Naggers,” a KBS JOY entertainment program as a panelist to talk about love and relationship of those in their 20s and 30s. Further, she operates ‘Meditation Lab’ and Breath Studio that provide lectures on meditation, helping Korean youths’ inner side grow stronger. She acquired her master’s degree from the Graduate School of Counseling Psychology, Hanyang University, and she is now taking the Ph.D course in the Department of Seon Studies of Dongguk University.
  • Yoon Je-kyoonFilm Director A film director and a producer who represents Korea. He started his social life at an advertisement company, but discovered his talent for movies when a screenplay that he wrote during the unstable times inflicted by the financial crisis won a contest. Director Yoon, who then entered the film industry, established himself as a successful director representing the Korean film industry. In particular, he released a number of films dealing with family love and generational harmony, such as “Miracle on 1st Street,” “Haeundae,” and “Ode to My Father,” winning the hearts of both the public and critics.
  • Kim Keum-heeWriter She is a young novelist who represents the Korean literary scene. Her works, which depict Korean society with warmth and honesty, have garnered favorable responses from readers. She graduated from Inha University with a major in Korean language and literature, and made her debut in 2009 when her short story “Your Document” was selected in the Hankook Ilbo’s Spring Literary Contest. Her notable works include “Heart of Respect (2018),” “Occupied by Only One Person (2019),” “We Came from Pepperoni (2021),” and “Christmas Tile (2022).” She was the recipient of the grand prize for the Kim Seungok Literary Award in 2020.
  • Lee Eun-juAnnouncer of EDAILY TV She completed a bachelor's degree in social science at Sydney University and a master's degree in economic policy at Korea University.
  • Kim Myoung-jungSenior Economist at NLI Research Institute Senior researcher at Japan’s Nissei Research Institute. He conducts various researches on labor and social security policies in Japan. Looking into the Japanese society, which has become an aging society earlier than Korea, he provides a wide range of insights to the Korean society. Completing the doctoral course at the Graduate School of Economics at Keio University, Japan, he is currently working as a senior research fellow at the Nishikiso Research Institute and a specially appointed associate professor at the Asia University. Recently, he is lecturing on economics and social security theory at Japan’s top universities to include Keio University, Nihon University, Japan Women’s University and Asia University.
  • Kenjoh YosikazuProfessor of Business and Commerce at Keio University Professor of Commerce at Keio University. As one of Japan’s leading pension experts, he took a leading role in Japan’s pension reform in 2004. He received a PhD from Keio University’s Faculty of Business and Commerce and was appointed as a professor of business and commerce in 2002. He also held a Visiting Scholarship at Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK in 2006. He also participates in government and society-led discussions on pensions, such as the Japan Social Security Committee and the National Council for Social Security System Reform.
  • Ahn Cheol-sooMember of National Assembly, People Power Party Member of the National Assembly as part of the People Power Party. From a doctor to a computer programmer, CEO of a venture company, and university professor, he entered politics and took the lead in solving key issues in our society. He ran for the People’s Party in the 20th presidential election and led social discussions on public pension reform. At the time, he proposed a plan to integrate national pension with public pensions for soldiers, private schools, and civil servants, demonstrating his determination to ensure the sustainability of Korea in the face of an era of low birth rate and aging population.
  • Kwak Jae-sikProfessor of Environmental and Safety Engineering at Soongsil Cyber University Professor of Environmental Safety and Engineering at Soongsil Cyber University. He is a writer and a storyteller who explains science and technology that seem difficult in an easy and fun way. He majored in nuclear and quantum engineering at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and received a PhD in technology policy from the Graduate School of Yonsei University. He is a chemist and environmental engineer, but as an excellent storyteller. He has written a wide range of books, from science fiction novels to books on scientific knowledge and climate and environmental changes. He contemplates on the coexistence of humans and science and technology, as well as sharing his insights on such.
  • Lee Sam-sikPresident of Korea Population Health and Welfare Association President of Korea Population Health and Welfare Association. He is Korea’s representative demographer and president of Hanyang University Institute of Aging Society. He received a master’s degree (M.Phil.) in demography from the UN-ARE Cairo Demographic Center and a PhD in sociology majoring in demography from Hanyang University. He also served as a senior researcher at the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs, evaluator of the Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy, and president of the Population Association of Korea. Currently, he is an operating member of the Committee on Aging Society and Population Policy.
  • Kenjoh EikoProfessor of Economics at Asia University Professor of Economics at Tokyo Asia University in Japan. Her research concentrates on the relationship between people, work, and the economy, such as population economics and labor economics. After graduating from Keio University’s Faculty of Business and Commerce and obtaining a PhD at the University of Tokyo, she acquired a PhD in economics from the University of Amsterdam. In 2007, she served as a member of a research institute on work-life balance in Japan, and in 2019, she became a member of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare’s Central Minimum Wage Council.
  • Jeong Ji-weonSenior Advisor at Yulchon LLC A senior advisor at Yulchon LLC. He is one of the leading domestic labor law and policy experts. After passing the 24th Public Administration Exam in 1990, he worked at the Ministry of Employment and Labor for more than 27 years. He has expertise in major laws and policies to include the Labor Standards Act and the Labor Union Act, and has also worked hard to promote labor-management cooperation. While working at the Ministry of Employment and Labor, he held key positions inside and outside the Ministry of Employment and Labor, such as the employment service policy officer, senior administrative officer for the Presidential Secretariat, labor standards policy officer, and labor-management cooperation policy officer.
  • Kim Ju-youngMember of the National Assembly, Democratic Party of Korea He is a prominent labor activist and the 21st National Assembly member of Korea. He is a former employee of the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and served as a Chairman of the Korean National Electrical Workers Union for four consecutive terms. He has also held positions such as Chairman of the Federation of Korean Public Industry Trade Unions and Chairman of the Federation of Korean Trade Unions, earning recognition as a dedicated figure in the labor movement. He has been awarded the Silver Tower Industrial award and the Gold Tower Industrial award, which are prestigious honors given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of the national industry. Since becoming a member of the National Assembly, he still aims to improve unfair conditions in the industrial and labor fields by proposing partial amendments to subcontracting laws as part of an effort to prevent unfair subcontracting practices and a bill to realize fairness of industrial accidents in the construction industry that prohibits multi-level subcontracting of construction machinery.
  • Lee Dong-wuProfessor of Institute of Aging Society at Korea University He is an industrial trend expert. He is currently working as a special professor at the Institute for Ageing Society at Korea University, a position he began to serve since last year. He examines the economic and social issues of an ultra-aged society in Korea and conducts research on solutions for the future. He majored in law at Hallym University and received a master’s degree in journalism from Yonsei University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, he worked as a senior researcher in the Corporate Information Team at the Hankook Economic Daily’s Publishing Department and at the Baeksang Economic Research Institute of Hankook Ilbo.
  • Lee Hye-raJournalist of EDAILYTV She graduated from Kyung Hee University's law department and is currently working as a journalist for E-Daily TV
  • Carlos GoritoEntertainer(Brazil) A national broadcaster from Brazil, a country of 216 million people. He became well known through a JTBC program titled “Abnormal Summit”. He completed a language course at Seoul National University and an MBA at Sungkyunkwan University. Serving as an education officer at the Brazilian Embassy in Korea, he is fluent in five languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English, French and Korean. He married his Korean wife in March 2021 and lives as a “son-in-law” in Korea.
  • Anton ScholzGerman Journalist·Consultant of Korea Immigration Policy Committee He is a freelance journalist (PD, reporter) from Germany. For over 20 years, he has been living in Korea and working as a journalist, covering significant events. He is also active as a business consultant, professor, and documentary producer. As an outsider, he analyzes Korean society and culture in a critical manner. At the same time, based on his affection for Korean society, he hopes for its development in a better direction. He majored in Korean studies at the University of Hamburg, Germany and published a book titled “Korean’s Strange Happiness” last year.
  • Ablan, Maribel AlcornoqueSenior Manager of Hwasu-gun Office Family vitality Division Multiculural Team She moved to Korea from the Philippines 12 years ago as a married immigrant and currently serves as an assistant director in the Multicultural Family Support Team created by the local government of Hwasun-gun, Jeollanam-do as the first of its kind in Korea. Back then, she felt strange about kimchi, which she cannot live without for now, and wandered here and there at a mart as she was unable to find a cashier. From these experiences, she decided to become a public servant to help married immigrants from the Philippines stably settle down in this country. She provides the interpreting service or emergency medical support for the married immigrants coming from the Philippines.
  • Yoon TaekEntertainer He made his debut as a comedian through the 7th SBS Public Recruitment in 2003 and gained popularity through public comedy broadcasts such as “People Looking for Laughter” and “Comedy Big League”. Currently, he is well-known as the MC of the current affairs and culture program titled “I Am a Naturalist”. In particular, through the show “I Am a Naturalist,” he showcases his exceptional ability to shed light on the past lives of people living in remote areas such as mountains or uninhabited islands while sharing meals with them and evoking empathy. He is recognized as a camping enthusiast among comedians, always carrying camping equipment in his vehicle to go camping anytime, anywhere.
  • Shin Kye-sookProfessor of Department of Traditional Korean Cuisine at Baewha Women’s University Professor of culinary arts at Baewha Women’s University and a broadcaster in charge of hosting the EBS program titled, “Shin Kye-sook’s Food Diary”. Sticking to the “do it first and see how it goes” principle, she started riding a motorcycle for the first time at the age of 55. She is a broadcaster who travels all over the country with heavy motorcycle engine sounds, but her main job is a cook and a professor. When she was an undergraduate at Dankook University, she majored in Chinese. Then, she fell in love with Chinese cuisine, and recently started a restaurant at the age of 60 and is a cool middle-aged person with many “side characters”.
  • Kim Gyu-namFormer Director of Foreign Cooperation at Shinsung University He is leading a “second life” as both a farmer and a poet after obtaining a PhD in applied plant science. He served his entire life in the military, and ever after retirement, he prioritized work, such as university lectures, newspaper column writing, and television appearance. One day, however, he felt limitations in his health and decided to establish a farm to pursue “healing agriculture.” Through his book “Commute to Rural Areas without Retirement,” he shares his honest experiences of personally returning to farming, cultivating fields, building relations with local residents, and his life after retirement.
  • Kim Tae-jungMD, PhD. Department of Neurology and Critical Care Seoul National University Hospital She is a professor of neurology at Seoul National University Hospital. She is young and talented. After obtaining her master’s degree and PhD from the same university, she is currently serving as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Critical Care Medicine, where she has accomplished conspicuous results both in clinical work and research. She is known for her expertise in anything related to the brain and is a friendly doctor who readily provides easy-to-understand answers. Based on such strengths, she is actively participating in the Korean Stroke Society as a promotional director. She has received the “Young Researcher Award” from the Korean Stroke Society and the “Young Intensivist Award” from the Koran society of Critical Care Medicine.