Speaker Overview

Choi, Jong-in, Ph.D.

Vice President and Professor, Hanbat National University, Daejeon, Korea.

Dr. Choi, Jong-in is a Professor and Vice President of Strategy and Planning, Hanbat National University, Daejeon, Korea. He is the CEO of Hanbat Tech Holding Company which has 33 subsidiary startup companies. Dr, Choi was the former Dean, Graduate School of Entrepreneurial Management. City of Daejeon is famous Korean representative science and research park since 1970s, The 2/3 of government research institutes(GRIs) located in city of Daejeon.

He received his Ph.D. from Korea University in 1995 and was Post-Doctoral Fellow from Lehigh University, PA. USA, in 1997-1999. He has spent four years as a visiting scholar in Center for Innovation Management Studies(CIMS), North Carolina State University(2003-2004, 2009-2010, 2015-2016). He has studied the comparative research between Research Technology Park(RTP) and Daedeok Innopolis, Daejeon,.

He was a Director of DIVA(Daedeok Innopolis Venture Association), which is consist of 1,500 new technology based firms(NTBFs) for 7 years and now serves on the board member of multiple venture companies. Also he has been member of evaluation committee of Korean Government Research Institutes (GRIs) and was the Chairman of the Association of National Graduate School of Entrepreneurship 2013-2014. He participated in the planning the National Plan for the university education for entrepreneurship in 2013 and 2017 as a team leader. Now he has served as a president of Academy of Human Resource Development for 2017-2019.

Dr. Choi was the member of Korean Presidential Advisory Council on Science & Technology (PACST), 2013-2014. Recently main research topic is the Technology Commercialization, Entrepreneurship Education and Science Technology Park(STP), Incubation Management. As a consultant of the developing countries like a Mongol, Iran, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Oman, Egypt and Azerbaijan, Dr. Choi participated and served the development of national policy

Dr. Choi has participated in the member of Venture Capital and Angel companies in Daedeok, and have served as a board members of NTBFs(IPO companies) in Korea, and columnist of Korean Newspaper. He is CEO of Hanbat Tech Holding which have 35 companies since 2017. His research areas are Technology Commercialization, E-ship education, Innovation Cluster, STP and Creativity, Incubation Management and Policy. He published 70 papers and 15 books related with Innovation, Technology Management and Policy.

Klaus R. Kunzmann

Dr. techn. Dipl.Ing, Hon DLitt, Hon RTPI, Professor emeritus

Jean Monnet Professor of Spatial Planning in Europe, Technische Universität Dortmund

Honorary Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London

Klaus R. Kunzmann studied architecture and urban planning at the Technische Hochschule München (1961 to 1967) and received his Ph.D. in urban planning from the Technische Universität Wien, Austria, in 1971, where he had a position as lecturer in urban and regional planning at the Faculty of Architecture until 1971. Thereafter he worked with international Consulting Engineers in Germany  and Thailand. From 1974 to 2006 he was Professor and Director of the Institut für Raumplanung (IRPUD) at the School of Plannin, Technische Universität Dortmund. From 1994 until his retirement in 2006, he held a personal Jean Monnet Chair for European Spatial Planning.

As director of research at the Institut für Raumplanung of the University of Dortmund (1974 to 1993), and as chair holder for European Spatial Planning (1993 to 2006) he has initiated and coordinated more than 50 basic and applied research projects supported by national and regional governments, and research foundations. As German representative he co-operated with his research staff participated in a number of transnational European research projects supported by the European Commission.

Klaus R. Kunzmann has been a visiting professor, among others, at the School of Architecture at South East University in Nanjing/China (2010 to 2017), the RMIT University Melbourne (2012), Tsinghua University in Beijing (2009), at the ETH Zürich (2008), at Sapienza, Universitá di Roma, Italy (2007), Leuven (2006), the Technische Universität Berlin (2002/2003), the School of Architecture and Planning at the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (2000), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge/USA (1999), the University of California, Los Angeles (1994) and at the Université Paris 8 (1993).

As an expert in spatial planning he advised the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the OECD. On behalf of the European Commission and the Senate of the Land Berlin he was a member of the expert panels for the partially EU-funded “Future of London Study” and the “Study for the Future of Berlin”. During 2006 and 2007 he was invited to serve as a member of the international scientific advisory council to the strategic plan for the province of Milan. From 1998 to 2004 he was a member of the scientific advisory council of D.A.T.A.R. (Délégation à l’aménagement du territoire et à l’action régionale), Paris, France.

During 1974 until the 1990s  Klaus R. Kunzmann has frequently served as expert for the German Development Assistance (now GIZ) among others in Nepal, Yemen, Egypt, Brazil and Malawi. In the 1980s he established SPRING, a master degree

programme for planners from developing countries at the Technical University of Dortmund.

As a keynote speaker, he has addressed numerous German, European and Chinese conferences, particularly in Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. He is continuously involved as a policy advisor in local, regional and national policy and national matters., in recent years particularly in China  In 2010 he was one of the co-organizers of the 3rd Knowledge Cities World Summit in Melbourne, Australia.

Since more than 10 years he is frequently traveling to China. He has taught at Tsinghua University, South East Unversity in Nanjing, Fudan University, Northeast University in Changchun, Liverpool X’iatong University in Suzhou and the China University of Mining and Technology in Xuzhou. As a honorary professor of Chung Hua University in Hsinchu/Taiwan he has carried out workshops at this university and at several other universities in the country. Since 2014 he is appointed visiting professor at the Department of Urban Planning of the School of Architecture of Southeast University in Nanjing. He has also been involved in urban development projects and has published in various Chinese professional journals (UPI, Urban Flux, Beijing Planning Review). During 2014 top 2017 ha has advised the industrial city of Changchun to develop its knowledge capital for urban development. In 2017 the Provincial Government of Jilin/China honored him as an outstanding Foreign Expert for his advisory work in Changchun.

Klaus R. Kunzmann is a member of the scientific advisory council of a number of national and international planning journals, among others, disP:The Planning Review, Urban Design, International Planning Studies and  Journal of Urban and Regional Planning Studies (Beijing).

Klaus R. Kunzmann has published 17 books, mainly in the field of city and regional development and cultural industries, in recent years mainly in Chinese. He has written numerous chapters in edited books published in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, the US and Italy, and frequently publishes in refereed international journals, in German, English and Italian. In 2010, he co-edited a book on the implications of the economic growth of China on European space (Routledge).

In 1993 Klaus R. Kunzmann was awarded a honorary membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in London, and, in 1996, he received a honorary Ph.D. from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK, and the German Federal Cross of Merit (“Bundesverdienstkreuz”) for his public services to the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Since 1995 he is an elected member of the German “Akademie für Raumforschung und Landesplanung”. In 2006 he was elected Citizen of the Ruhr in Germany, and awarded a Honorary Member of the Association of European Planning Schools (AESOP), which has been established in Dortmund upon his initiative in 1987. As founding president he served AESOP during its first three years term.

His ongoing research interests are innovative urban policy and European spatial planning, regional restructuring and slow regional development, the role of creativity, knowledge and the arts for spatial and endogenous economic development, and, more recently, the consequences of China’s rapid economic growth and the Road and Belt Initiative for cities and regions in Europe. Drawing on his long experience in the Ruhr, he continues to explore pathways of regional restructuring in times of globalization and digitalization.

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