Member of the President's Leadership Council of The Asia Foundation
Dr. Songyee Yoon is an accomplished entrepreneur, innovator and investor, who is well-versed in both technology and business. She currently provides her visionary leadership as chief strategy officer and president of NCSOFT, a global digital entertainment company with more than 4,000 employees and one of the leading video game publishers. She was instrumental in the establishment of the company and recently in foundation of the NCSOFT AI Center and Natural Language Processing Centers, advanced AI research facilities within NCSOFT created to help further the company’s use of AI and machine learning technology. Songyee was also the architect behind the introduction of the intelligent and personalized data services platform as well as the intelligent data services over mobile platforms for SK Telecom, the largest wireless service provider in South Korea.
As a chairperson of the NCSOFT Culture Foundation, Songyee has actively engaged in diverse philanthropic initiatives, including sponsoring Special Olympics participants, collaborating with UN Food Programs and helping refugees through UNHCR. She has been recognized by various organizations for her leadership, which includes being named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Young Leader by the Boao Forum of China and one of the 50 Women to Watch in business by the Wall Street Journal. She is one of the founding members of FIRA Micro Robot Soccer Competition and a Ph.D. recipient from MIT in Computational Neuroscience based on her research at the MIT Media Lab.
Songyee has served on the Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology for South Korea’s 16th president, Roh Moo-hyun and the 15th president, Kim Dae-jung. She taught Media and Entertainment Business Strategy as an adjunct professor at Yonsei University in Seoul. She currently is a chairperson of the Asia Business Leaders Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, an advisory board member for the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and a trustee of the MIT Corporation.