YoungSuk (“YS”) Chi was appointed Vice Chairman of Elsevier, the leading global publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, in June 2005. Prior to joining Elsevier, Mr. Chi had been serving as Chairman of Random House Asia since November 2001, and was also the President of Random House, the world’s largest general interest book publisher in the world.
Mr. Chi’s career includes an eight-year stint with American Express International Bank where he spent time in the U.S., Mexico, England, France and Singapore. He then had a very successful tenure with Ingram Micro, the world’s largest distributor of computer products, where he helped the build-up of Ingram Micro Europe from their first central warehouse to a company with more than $2 billion in revenues. Later as General Manager - Asia Pacific, Mr. Chi founded and successfully led Ingram Micro’s Asian businesses. He joined Ingram Book Group in 1996 as Chief Operating Officer, and subsequently held several top-level positions at Ingram Distribution Holding, the parent company of Ingram Book Group. Lightning Source Inc., a company he founded, drew high praise for being the industry’s first print-on-demand distributor and eBook delivery services provider.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Mr. Chi generously contributes his time and resources to charitable and community causes. He is one of the founders of the Korean American Community Foundation and has played a dynamic leadership role in steering and building the organization to where it stands today. As a driving force in raising awareness and support for KACF’s mission, Mr. Chi has been a source of inspiration to all who are touched by his enthusiasm and passion. For his many contributions and tireless advancement of KACF, the Korean American Community Foundation is honored to recognize Mr. Chi with the 2008 “Building Bridges Leadership Award”.
Mr. Chi is also a Trustee of Princeton University and sits on the boards of several other industry, educational and charitable organizations. His previous affiliations include Montgomery Bell Academy, McCarter Theatre, Watkins Institute for Art, Family & Children Services of Nashville, Nashville Korean School and Community Foundation of Belgium. Known by many as “YS,” he is a graduate of Princeton University with a BA in Economics cum laude, and earned his MBA in Finance from Columbia University. Mr. Chi lives in Princeton, New Jersey, with his wife, Sung, and two late-teen daughters.
Ambassador Wonil Cho is a career diplomat who has had a long and distinguished career with the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Upon completing a BA from Seoul National University (College of Law) in 1968, Ambassador Cho began his career at MOFA in the Europe/Japan Divisions before being posted to the Korean Embassy in New Zealand as Second Secretary (Commercial Affairs). This was followed by an appointment as Consul in Cairo, where his achievements included his involvement in establishing the Korea-Egypt Joint Venture Bank (1978). In 1979, Ambassador Cho became the Director of Planning and Budget Division; International Legal Affairs Division, MOFA during which he oversaw Korea's accession to the International Convention on the Abolition of Discrimination Against Women. Ambassador Cho obtained his Master of Philosophy from Cambridge University in 1982. Subsequently, he assumed the posts of Minister in Pakistan (1987) and Canada (1989), as well as Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York (1994). He was then appointed Ambassador to Vietnam in 1997 and Consul General to New York in 2001. Most recently, Ambassador Cho served from 2004 to 2008 as the Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), created by the governments of Europe and Asia to promote mutual understanding and closer partnership between the two regions at various levels. Ambassador Cho has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Korean Order of Service Merit (Golden Stripe) in 2006 and, in Vietnam the Order of Friendship in 2000 and the Order of Caring for Children in 1999.
One of Ambassador Cho's signature achievements during his tenure in New York, for which he is being honored this evening, was to inspire the launch of the Korean American Community Foundation. In November of 2002, Ambassador Cho opened his residence to a diverse group of Korean-Americans of different generations and professions. There, he spoke passionately of the need in our community to create a culture of giving and philanthropy, and challenged and inspired many of the attendees to come together and organize a new movement that came to be known as the Korean American Community Foundation. For his vision, encouragement and inspiration, without which KACF would not exist today, the Korean American Community Foundation is honored to present Ambassador Wonil Cho with the 2008 "Community Catalyst Award".
Juju Chang is a New York-based Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News' "20/20 and "Good Morning America," occasionally anchoring for "ABC News Now" and "Good Morning America's" Weekend Edition.
Ms. Chang's recent "20/20" stories include a multipart examination of gender based on Norah Vincent's book, Self Made Man, a profile of rock legend Jon Bon Jovi and a look at "toxic neighbors" -- with former battling neighbors Jim Belushi and Julie Newmar. Her "20/20" stories also include a look at the somewhat obscure asexuality movement, at the well-established pitfalls of mother-daughter relationships and at marriage.
Ms Chang won a Gracie Award for a PBS "Now" story about judicial activism and a Freddie Award for a another series that she hosted for PBS, "The Art of Women's Health."
From 1999-2000 she anchored the early morning newscasts of "World News Now" and "World News This Morning." From 1998 to 1999 she reported primarily for "World News Tonight," covering such stories as the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya, Hurricane George and the anniversary of the nuclear accident in Chernobyl.
Ms. Chang was based in Washington, DC from 1996 to 1997, where she covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the 1996 presidential election for NewsOne, ABC's affiliate news service. Prior to her NewsOne assignment, she was a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco, from 1995 to 1996, where she covered a variety of state and local issues.
Between 1991 and 1995 Ms. Chang served as a producer and off-air reporter for "World News Tonight." She was a producer of a "World News Tonight" series on women's health which won a duPont-Columbia Award. Her off-air reporting assignments included the 1992 presidential campaign. During the Gulf War in 1991, she was based in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
Born in Seoul, South Korea, Ms. Chang graduated with honors from Stanford University with a BA in political science and communications. At Stanford she was awarded the Edwin Cotrell Political Science Prize. She is married to Neal Shapiro and has two sons.
Liz Cho was named to co-anchor of WABC's Eyewitness news at 6pm and 11pm in July 2003.
For Eyewitness News, Liz traveled to Washington D.C. in June 2004 to cover President Ronald Reagan's funeral, the first state funeral in the United States in 31 years. She also anchored the station's coverage of every major local news event affecting the tri-state area, including the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the Republican National Convention held in New York City, as well as the 2005 Transit strike.
Before joining WABC, Liz worked for ABC News. She served as a New York based anchor of ABC's overnight show "World News Now". During that time she was also a correspondent for the network covering dozens of important new stories for "World News Tonight", "Nightline", and "Good Morning America". She also helped anchor GMA's coverage during the first few weeks for the Iraq war.
Prior to that, Liz was a Chicago-based correspondent for the network. She traveled the country covering the gamut of national stories, including President Clinton's impeachment hearings, the Columbine high school shooting, and the devastating tornados in Oklahoma in 1997.
Previously, Liz was a reporter in Miami, Florida at WPLG-TV. She began her career in journalism behind the scenes as an assignment editor at New England Cable News in Newton, Massachusetts.
Liz attended Boston University, majoring in journalism and history.