Board of Advisors

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Professor John Park

Director, Korea Working Group

Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School

Faculty Affiliate, Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Professor John Park is Director of the Korea Project and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is also a Faculty Affiliate with the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Professor Park was the 2012-13 Stanton Nuclear Security Junior Faculty Fellow at MIT’s Security Studies Program. He previously directed Northeast Asia Track 1.5 projects at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. These initiatives include the U.S.-China Project on Crisis Avoidance & Cooperation, the U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Dialogue in Northeast Asia, and the U.S.-China-Japan Dialogue on Risk Reduction & Crisis Prevention. He advises Northeast Asia policy-focused officials in the U.S. government.

Professor Park previously worked at Goldman Sachs, where he specialized in U.S. military privatization financing projects. Prior to that, he was the project leader of the North Korea Analysis Group at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. He earlier worked in Goldman Sachs’ M&A Advisory Group in Hong Kong and The Boston Consulting Group’s Financial Services Practice in Seoul.

Professor Park’s current research focuses on the North Korean regime’s accumulated learning in evading targeted sanctions. Professor Park received his M.Phil. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He completed his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center.

While at Cambridge, Professor Park was a delegate to HPAIR’s 1996 conference in Seoul. He later served as a workshop leader for HPAIR’s 1999 conference in Hong Kong.



Professor Karen Thornber

Professor of Comparative Literature and of East Asian Languages and Civilizations,
Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Victor and William Fung Director,
Harvard University Asia Center

Chair, Harvard University Asia Center Council

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Professor Karen Thornber is a Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and of Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where she is also Victor and William Fung Director of the Harvard University Asia Center and Chair of the Harvard Asia Center Council. Dr. Thornber is author of three major scholarly monographs – Empire of Texts in Motion: Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese Transculturations of Japanese Literature (Harvard 2009); Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures (Michigan 2012); and Global Healing: Literature, Advocacy, Care (Brill forthcoming 2019). Empire of Texts in Motion and Ecoambiguity both were the recipients of multiple international awards, the former from the ICLA and AAS and the latter from ACLA, ASLE, and ICLA. Professor Thornber is also an award-winning translator of Japanese poetry of the atomic bomb. Co-editor of a special issue of Literature and Medicine on World Literature and Health, a special issue of Humanities on Global Indigeneities and Environment which was also published as a separate volume, and a volume on The Poetics of Aging in the Japanese Narrative Arts, Professor Thornber has also published more than 70 articles on comparative and world literature, East Asian literatures and cultures, the literatures and cultures of the Indian Ocean Rim, diaspora, gender, indigeneities, postcolonialism, transculturation, trauma, and the environmental humanities and medical and health humanities. Current projects include a scholarly monograph on Gender, Leadership, and Asia; a textbook on Asian Feminisms; a co-edited special issue of the journal World Literature on trans-Asian literatures and cultures; and articles on Asian American literatures.



Professor Mark Wu

Henry L. Stimson Professor of Law,
Harvard Law School

Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society

Member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Faculty Associate, Harvard University Center for the Environment

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Professor Mark Wu is the Henry L. Stimson Professor at Harvard Law School. His research focuses on international trade law, including issues concerning emerging economies, digital trade, intellectual property, trade remedies, environment, and investment.

At Harvard, Professor Wu is a Faculty Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. He serves as a member of the Faculty Advisory Committees of the East Asian Legal Studies Program and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. He is also a Faculty Associate of Harvard University’s Center for the Environment.

In 2016, Professor Wu was appointed by the World Trade Organization to serve on the Advisory Board for the WTO Chairs Programme. He also serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Trade and Foreign Direct Investment. In addition, he works with the World Bank on assessing trade agreements and serves on multiple expert groups convened by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development. He is an Editorial Board member of the World Trade Review and of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s series on intellectual property, innovation and economic development.

Prior to academia, Professor Wu served as the Director for Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He was the lead U.S. negotiator for the IP chapters of several free trade agreements. He continues to serve as a principal liaison to the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

Before government service, Professor Wu worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company where he led engagements in technology sectors. He began his career as an economist and operations officer with the World Bank in China, working on environmental, urban development, health and rural poverty issues. He also worked briefly as an economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.

Professor Wu received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his M.Sc. in Development Economics from Oxford University (where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar), and his A.B. summa cum laude in Social Studies and East Asian Studies from Harvard University. As an undergrad at Harvard, Wu was part of the inaugural HPAIR organizing committees.



David Lee

Partner, SK Telecom Ventures

Partner, B&C Group

Chief Corporate Development Officer, 451 Media

Co-Founder, XG Ventures

Co-Founder, Kstartup

Former Director of Asia-Pacific, Google

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David was hired at Google in 2000 as one of the first 200 employees, and was the first executive to lead their overseas business development, sales, and operations. He went on to launch Google’s first international ads and founded their offices in Asia, Europe and Latin America. He hired the first international management teams, and established Google’s initial overseas business.

Following Google, David co-founded XG Ventures, a Google alumni fund and was co-founding Partner of SK Telecom Ventures, the largest Korean mobile carrier’s $100M corporate venture fund based in Silicon Valley, while launching KStartup, the first startup accelerator in Asia to be funded by Google. His personal and VC investments include over 50 companies with 20+ acquisitions. Past and present portfolio includes Tapulous (acq. by Disney), Posterous (acq. by Twitter), Olaworks (acq. by Intel), Scoopler (acq. by Google), ABitLucky (acq. by Zynga), Chai Labs (acq. by Facebook), Cue (acq. by Apple), Kabam (acq. by Netmarble), Chartboost, nWay, Wish, Omlet, and many others. David is also an LP in Y Combinator and SV Angel.

In 2015, he partnered with Dir. Michael Bay (Transformers, The Rock) at 451 Media, to lead their technology and media investments and partnerships. David later formed Open Source Studios, a Stanford Business School based advisory group with Professor and two time Oscar winning Dir. Bill Guttentag, to help exceptional founders of tech and media startups such as MasterClass and Illumix. David is also a Partner at B&C GROUP, a leading talent management and production company, helping to connect Korea, Hollywood and Silicon Valley leaders in tech and entertainment. David continues to work closely with emerging tech, media, and content companies as an investor, advisor, board member or executive.