Songyee Yoon is an entrepreneur, innovator, and investor. She currently provides leadership as chief strategy officer and president of NCSOFT, a global digital entertainment company and one of the leading video game publishers. She was instrumental in the establishment of the company, and recently in founding the NCSOFT AI Center and Natural Language Processing Centers, and advanced AI research facilities within NCSOFT created to help further the company’s use of AI and machine learning technology. Yoon 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, Yoon 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 earned her PhD in computational neuroscience from MIT and is one of the founding members of FIRA Micro Robot Soccer Competition.
Yoon served on South Korea’s Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology under two presidents. She taught Media and Entertainment Business Strategy as an adjunct professor at Yonsei University in Seoul. She served as a chairperson of the Asia Business Leaders Council of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and a trustee of the MIT Corporation. She currently is a visiting fellow at RAND Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy, an advisory board member for the RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy and an advisory council for Human Centered AI at Stanford University.
Bio adapted from Korean Institute website