"Building Resilience in the New World"
Zoom Event

Harvard Undergraduate KORUM's 2021 Conference has now ended. Details about future events coming soon!



Saturday, May 15, 2021

All times in EDT. There will be a five minute break between sessions.

Click on each panel to discover more information and the recording (if available).


5:00 - 5:10 PM

Opening remarks from HI-SUN KIM, Director of the Korean Language Program, Harvard University

5:10 - 5:55 PM

Featured Speaker:

ALEX CHUNG, Co-Founder and CEO of Giphy

6:00 - 7:00 PM

Featured Speakers:

SUSAN THORNTON, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

MARC KNAPPER, incumbent Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan; former US Amb. to ROK

VICTOR CHA, Senior VP and Korea Chair, CSIS; former Director for Asian Affairs, National Security Council


7:00 - 7:25 PM


7:25 - 8:10 PM

Featured Speaker:

TODD HENRY, Editor of Queer Korea and Associate Professor of History, University of California, San Diego 

8:15 - 9:00 PM

Featured Speaker:

JULIA KIM, independent casting director of award-winning film, Minari

9:05 - 9:50 PM

Featured Speaker:

JIHOON RIM, Professor at NYU Stern School of Business; former CEO of Kakao


9:50 - 10:00 PM

Comments from KORUM Board

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Alex Chung

CEO & Co-Founder


Alex Chung is the founder and CEO of GIPHY, the company animating everyday conversations through GIFs, Stickers, Clips, and more. Previously, he was a Hacker in Residence at Betaworks and directed media technology for MTV, Viacom, and Comcast, managed research for Paul Allen’s R&D lab, and started his career as a hardware engineer at Intel. He’s a serial entrepreneur whose past projects include The Fridge (a private social network acquired by Google) and several others.

Victor Cha

Senior Vice President and Korea Chair


Dr. Victor Cha is the Senior Vice President and the inaugural holder of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the nation’s top think tank. He is also Professor of Government, Vice Dean, and DS Song-KF Chair in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He was formerly the Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council and was the deputy head for the US delegation at the Six-Party Talks in Beijing.

Susan Thornton

Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State

Professor Susan Thornton was the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs from 2017 to 2018. This was the culmination of 28 years of diplomatic service where she helped broker the US-China Cyber Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord, and visited Pyongyang to successfully negotiate the Agreed Framework on denuclearization. She is currently Visiting Lecturer at the Yale Law School and Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center.

Marc Knapper

Deputy U.S. Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan

Marc Knapper is currently the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan and has been in the role since 2018. Secretary Knapper was previously the US Ambassador to the ROK and has also been posted in India, Japan, Vietnam and more. He has visited North Korea twice on diplomatic missions, including the Yongbyon nuclear facility. He is the recipient of the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, the nation’s highest diplomatic honor.

Our Speakers

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Todd Henry

Professor at UCSD

Editor, Queer Korea

Professor Todd Henry teaches at the Department of History of the University of California, San Diego. A social and cultural historian, Professor Henry is a specialist of modern Korea with a focus on lived spaces under the Japanese colonial rule and postcolonial afterlives. Professor Henry has a host of academic interests, including studying the embodied experiences of hetero-patriarchal capitalism. He is the Editor of 'Queer Korea', widely accredited with bringing Korean queer history into the mainstream space of Asian scholarship. Professor Henry is fluent in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Korean, with some French.

Victor Cha

Independent Casting Director

Casting Director of Minari

Julia Kim is an Independent Casting Director. The films she’s worked on have been recognized by a multitude of top-tier film festivals. Multiple-award winning highlights include “Minari”, “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”, “Spa Night”, and “Hunter Gatherer”. Julia also collaborated with world-renowned artist Paul McCarthy to help realize his very ambitious “Coach Stage Stage Coach” film vision. Julia has served numerous times on Film Independent's various nominating committees and on the Short Film Jury of the LA Film Festival. In 2020, Julia was invited into The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She also serves as a member of the Casting Society of America's Equity in Entertainment Committee and continues to champion inclusion.

Jihoon Rim

Professor at NYU Stern

Former CEO, Kakao

Jihoon Rim is a Visiting Professor of Management Practice at the NYU Stern School of Business. Between 2015 and 2018, Professor Rim was CEO of Kakao, one of the largest tech firms in Korea with a valuation now topping US$45 billion. During his tenure as the youngest major CEO in Korea, Kakao’s revenue and operating profit doubled, and the firm expanded to new industries including finance, mobility, and content. In recognition of his performance, Professor Rim was ranked number 1 in the 2017 Korea’s Best CEO survey. Prior to Kakao, Professor Rim founded KCube Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm that ranked 8th in the world for “2017, The Most Active Corporate Venture” by CBInsights. Professor Rim has also worked at Softbank Ventures Asia, The Boston Consulting Group, Naver, and Accenture.