University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013


Keynote Speaker

Arnold SchwarzeneggerArnold Schwarzenegger is one of the most recognized individuals on the planet, having led an amazing life and achieving beyond his dreams in Hollywood, fitness and public service. In an effort to give back to the country that allowed him to accomplish so much, Schwarzenegger ran for public office and was elected California’s 38th Governor.

Called “The People’s Governor,” Schwarzenegger worked with leaders of both major political parties to address the greatest challenges facing the state in a bold and historic manner. His leadership put California at the forefront of the nation in addressing climate change, pushing for the development of renewable energies, rebuilding our critical infrastructure, investing in stem cell research, and putting in place health care and political reforms. Schwarzenegger pushed for historic investment in California’s roads, bridges, water delivery systems and schools. He proposed a comprehensive health care reform initiative and ensured California was the first state to create a Health Benefits Exchange. He also put politics back in the hands of the people through citizen-based redistricting and primary election reform.

Recognizing that states have the responsibility to provide the best possible education to every child, Schwarzenegger committed himself to offering top-quality early childhood development programs, comprehensive after-school programs for all elementary and middle schools, parental choice through high-performing charter schools and expanding career technical education programs.

Continuing his commitment to environmental leadership, in 2011 he co-founded R20, a global non-profit of subnational governments and regional leaders working together to address climate change and build a green economy.

NOTE: All speakers are subject to change without notice. Information on this page is current and confirmed as of May 1, 2013.

C.L. Max NikiasC. L. Max Nikias is the eleventh president of the University of Southern California. He holds the Robert C. Packard President’s Chair and the Malcolm R. Currie Chair in Technology and the Humanities, and chairs the USC Hospitals Governing Board. He has been at USC since 1991, as a professor, director of national research centers, dean, provost, and now president. He holds faculty appointments in both electrical engineering and the classics. Additionally, he leads freshman micro-seminars each fall on ancient Athenian democracy and drama.

Nikias is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Among numerous other honors, he has received the IEEE Simon Ramo Medal, the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

Nikias has articulated a vision and set a strategy for USC to attain undisputed, elite status as a global research university. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called him a “prodigious fundraiser.” His first two years as president were highlighted by eight transformative gifts that allowed USC to raise an unprecedented total of $2 billion.

Elizabeth GarrettElizabeth Garrett (conference co-chair) is provost and senior vice president for academic affairs of the University of Southern California. As the university’s second-ranking officer, she oversees the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences as well as the Keck School of Medicine of USC and 16 other professional schools, in addition to the divisions of student affairs, libraries, information technology services, research, student religious life and enrollment services. She also sits on the governing board of the USC hospitals.

Garrett is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in the USC Gould School of Law. In addition to this primary faculty appointment, she has joint appointments in USC Dornsife College and the School of Policy, Planning, and Development, as well as a courtesy appointment in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at USC and, in August 2009, was appointed one of five commissioners on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, the state’s independent political oversight agency. Then-president George W. Bush appointed her to serve on the nine-member bipartisan Tax Reform Panel in 2005. She previously served as director of the USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law and Politics.

Y.H. ChoY.H. Cho (conference co-chair) is chairman and chief executive officer of Korean Air, one of Asia’s largest airlines and a founding member of SkyTeam, one of the world’s fastest growing airline alliances.  Mr. Cho was named chairman and CEO of Korean Air in April 1999 having served as president and CEO of the airline since 1992. Prior to that, he held positions as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Korean Air. Mr. Cho began working for Korean Air as a manager in the Americas Regional Headquarters in 1974.

After receiving a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Inha University (Incheon, Korea) in 1975, Mr. Cho received an M.B.A. from USC in 1979, and a doctoral degree in business administration from Inha University in 1988. Additionally in 1998, he received an honorary doctorate degree in aviation business administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Florida.

Mr. Cho is also chairman of the Hanjin Group one of the world’s largest transportation conglomerates. He was named to this post in February 2003 after having served as the Group’s vice chairman since 1996. He is also the Director and CEO of various subsidiary companies including Hanjin Shipping, Korea Airport Service, JungSeok Enterprise Co. and Hanjin Information Systems & Telecommunications.

In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Mr. Cho was elected vice-chairman of The Federation of Korean Industries in 1996 and has held the title of honorary consulate-general to Ireland in the Republic of Korea since 1995. Mr. Cho has been on the USC Board of Trustees since 1997.

Special Global Conference Citation Honoree

Young Hoon KanYoung Hoon Kang, this year’s Honoree, is USC’s most distinguished Korean alumnus, and has had an illustrious career as a military, academic, diplomatic and political leader in South Korea, capped by his two-year tenure as Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea during 1988-90. His early career as an officer in the South Korean Military culminated with appointments as Director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Korean Ministry of National Defense (1954) and as Superintendent of the Korean Military Academy (1960). He was forced to leave the military and was imprisoned for 6 months for opposing the May 1961 military coup. After being freed, he chose to go to the US for further studies.

Graduating with a doctoral degree from USC’s School of International Relations in 1972, Dr. Kang went on to serve as Director of the Korean Affairs Research Institute in Washington, D.C., Dean of the Graduate School of Foreign Studies at Hankuk University, and Chancellor of the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He served as South Korea’s Ambassador to Great Britain and Ireland from 1981 to 1984 and to the Vatican from 1985 to 1988.

Dr. Kang became a member of the National Assembly in 1988 and was appointed Prime Minister in December of the same year. During his two-year term as Prime Minister, he oversaw South Korea’s remarkable transformation from authoritarian military rule to a modern democratic state. Further, he took part in historic meetings with his North Korean counterpart, Prime Minister Yon Hyong-muk — the highest-level contact between the two Governments since 1945.  The exchange of visits by the two Prime Ministers was aimed at reducing tension on the peninsula and an eventual reunification.

Dr. Kang subsequently became the President of the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, in which capacity he was responsible for maintaining contact with and providing humanitarian aid to North Korea. Later, he served as Chairman of the Sejong Foundation, and as Chairman of the United Nations Environment Program, Korea Committee.  In 1995, he was awarded an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Featured Speakers

Jae JungJae U. Jung holds the Fletcher Jones Foundation Distinguished Chair in Molecular Biology and Immunology as well as a joint appointment in pharmacology and pharmaceutical science. He is the chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Immunology and Director of the Institute for Emerging Pathogens and Immune Diseases at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He has been a faculty member at USC since 2007. He is the recipient of the 2012 Ho-Am Prize for Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A preeminent expert in the molecular biology of gamma-herpes viruses, Professor Jung has identified and characterized the proteins produced by herpes viruses that cause cancers in immune cells or are able to alter the ability of normal immune cells to multiply. He also has identified the mechanisms by which not only herpes viruses, but also influenza viruses, harness interferons for their own purpose at the expense of the host.

David KangDavid C. Kang is a professor of international relations and business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations (in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts  and Sciences) and the USC Marshall School of Business. At USC he is also director of the Korean Studies Institute. Kang’s latest book is East Asia Before the West: Five Centuries of Trade and Tribute (Columbia University Press, 2010). He is also author of China Rising: Peace, Power, and Order in East Asia (Columbia University Press, 2007); Crony Capitalism: Corruption and Development in South Korea and the Philippines (Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Nuclear North Korea: A Debate on Engagement Strategies(co-authored with Victor Cha) (Columbia University Press, 2003).

Kang has published numerous scholarly articles in journals such as International Organization and International Security, and his co-authored article “Testing Balance of Power Theory in World History” was awarded “Best article, 2007-2009,” by the European Journal of International Relations. Kang has also written opinion pieces in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times, as well as writing a monthly column for the Joongang Ilbo in Korean. He received an A.B. with honors from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from The University of California, Berkeley.

Eamonn McKeeEamonn McKee, Irish Ambassador to Korea, is a native of Dublin and was educated at University College Dublin, and then went on to the National University of Ireland, earning a Ph.D. on modern Irish economic history.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1986 and was assigned to the Anglo-Irish Division. He served as political officer in the Washington D.C. embassy working on the peace process, immigration (Morrison visas), and ending his tenure there as press officer.

McKee returned to the Anglo-Irish Division in 1996 where he worked on a range of justice and security issues (including “Bloody Sunday–the Irish Government’s Assessment of the New Material”); cases involving confidence in the administration of justice; policing; and parades. He was a member of the team involved in the negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Between 1999 and 2001, he served as press officer assigned to the Consulate Generate of Ireland in New York. He returned to work in Anglo-Irish Division, working on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement and on the Cory process, which assessed six controversial killings in Northern Ireland. In 2005, he served as head of humanitarian assistance work for the Irish Aid program in the Development Cooperation Division, working on the establishment of the Rapid Response Initiative and on the provision of relief in the wake of the Pakistan earthquake. In 2006 he was appointed United Nations director and was assigned to establish the Conflict Resolution Unit, which he headed as director from 2007 until his posting as ambassador to Korea in August 2009.

Andrew McMahonAndrew P. McMahon is director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at USC. He is Provost Professor and the inaugural holder of the W. M. Keck Professorship of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. In addition, he chairs the newly created Department of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the Keck School. McMahon also holds an appointment in the Department of Biological Sciences in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Prior to joining USC, McMahon was the Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and served on the Executive Committee of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.  In 1993, he joined Harvard University as a full professor, and from 2001 to 2004, served as chair of its Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology.  McMahon also served as professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and principal faculty member in the Harvard Stem Cell Institute.

McMahon is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society (London), as well as an elected Associate Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization.  He has served as an editor of the journals Development and Developmental Biology, and on the editorial boards of several other scientific journals, including Genes and Development and Current Biology.

Confirmed Panelists