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David Swan, managing director of Robert Walters Japan and Korea

Artificial Intelligence

31 July 2017 - 9:00am
Matthew Weigand

“Absorbing content, seeing entertainment, traveling are things that people will be doing more of,” David Swan says when asked what a future in which artificial intelligence (AI) systems are commonplace. He sees a booming health and fitness industry, people with enough time for cooking and visiting unique restaurants. He envisions a life without the day-to-day drudgery that occupies most peoples’ time now, a life where people are free to pursue their interests.

As the Managing Director of Robert Walters Japan and Korea, David Swan is in a unique position to see the changes that AI...

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Kiwi Chamber Event

4 May 2017 - 6:45pm
Matthew Weigand

The New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, known as “The Kiwi Chamber,” will host its annual New Zealand Wine Festival events on Saturday, May 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the idyllic Waterfall Garden of the Grand Hyatt Seoul, and on Saturday, June 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Park Hyatt Busan. This year’s festivals, the ninth in Seoul and the fifth in Busan, will offer oenophiles an array of premium red and white wines from over 20 vineyards.

A major factor contributing to sales of New Zealand wine in Korea is the Korea-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement...

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Clare Fearnley, New Zealand Ambassador to Korea, delivers a keynote address to over 40 local business community leaders at The Kiwi Chamber Inspire with Innovation Series at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on March 21, 2017.

Kiwi Chamber Event

22 March 2017 - 10:15pm
Matthew Weigand
Irish Minister Paschal Donohoe speaks to attendees of a business networking breakfast that brings together Korean and Irish businesspeople on March 14, 2017.

Irish Breakfast

14 March 2017 - 2:30pm
Matthew Weigand

Ireland’s Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Paschal Donohoe addressed over 40 distinguished businesspeople at a breakfast meeting with the Irish-Korean Business Network this morning at the Millennium Hilton in Seoul. The minister highlighted the mutually beneficial trade and investment partnership between the countries while demonstrating Ireland’s economic strengths.

As a gateway to over 500 million people in the EU market, many of the world’s most successful global businesses have chosen Ireland as their strategic base in Europe. Today, Ireland is home to nine of the...

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David Swan, managing director of Japan and Korea at Robert Walters, speaks about trends in local salaries at at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul on Feb. 2, 2017.

Robert Walters Global Salary Survey 2017

3 February 2017 - 4:45pm
Matthew Weigand

Robert Walters Korea, a leading bilingual specialist professional recruitment consultancy, released its Global Salary Survey 2017, a full report on the latest recruitment market trends, and hosted an event covering the report’s domestic recruitment trends at the Grand Intercontinental Seoul.

At the event, which was attended by over 100 human resources professionals, Robert Walters Korea held a panel discussion analyzing last year’s recruitment trends in Korea and major global markets, and presented a forecast of 2017 hiring trends by industry and job classification.

In its...

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Clare Fearnley, New Zealand Ambassador to Korea, gives a welcome address at the The Year End Grand Hui event held at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016.

Grand Free Trade

18 November 2016 - 7:45pm
Matthew Weigand

Korea and New Zealand celebrated the first year of the free trade agreement between the two countries at a seminar and networking function held at the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The Year End Grand Hui event, cohosted by the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Korea, known as The Kiwi Chamber, and New Zealand Embassy in Korea, was attended by more than 150 dignitaries from the government and local business community. Immediately before the Grand Hui, a seminar hosted by the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and New Zealand Embassy enabled 60 interested...

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A screen capture of Asia Power Week's web site.

Power Play

9 September 2016 - 6:15pm
Matthew Weigand

Environmental Resources Management, or ERM, a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk and social consulting services, announced yesterday that it would attend Asia Power Week 2016, Asia’s largest and most comprehensive power and energy conference, at KINTEX in Ilsan, from Sept. 20 to 22.

ERM is the Sustainability Partner for Asia Power Week, where three principal consultants from ERM offices around Asia will provide their perspectives on the dynamics and challenges of the power sector including renewable technologies, climate policy and regulatory risk....

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Adrian Slater (4th from R), General Manager, Grand Hyatt Seoul; John Riley (4th from L), Deputy Head of Mission, New Zealand Embassy Seoul, and members of The Kiwi Chamber pose with girls from Songjukwon Girl’s Orphanage on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Social Outreach

19 August 2016 - 7:45pm
Matthew Weigand

To enjoy nature and the outdoors, a Grand Camping summer event for Sungjukwon Girl's Orphanage was held on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel Seoul. The event, which was sponsored by the hotel and supported by the ANZ Bank and Kiwi Chamber, was a big success and was attended by Grand Hyatt Seoul General Manager Adrian Slater, New Zealand Embassy Deputy Head of Mission John Riley, New Zealand Trade and Enterprise Trade Commissioner Ryan Freer, members from ANZ Bank and The Kiwi Chamber and over 20 girls and teachers from Sungjukwon. The Hyatt Thrive program for the students...

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Dr. Steven Lee, president of George Mason University Korea, speaks with Business Korea about his university's growth on July 27, 2016.

Growing Education

9 August 2016 - 9:30am
Matthew Weigand

Business Korea sat down with Dr. Steven Lee, president of George Mason University (GMU) Korea, at his office in Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, South Korea. We asked him about the growth of the school and his long-term vision and the institution’s progress in its 2.5 years of operations. He shared with us his road map for the innovative education of students from all throughout Asia who attend the growing university. What follows are excerpts from the interview.

Q: Lets talk about yourself first. What is your educational philosophy? And as president of George Mason...

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Mike Orgill (L), director of public policy for the Asia Pacific region for Airbnb, and Ahn Hee-jung (R), governor of Chungnam Province, hold a signed MOU for mutual cooperation on Aug. 5, 2016 at Hongseong-gun, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea.

Embracing Innovation

8 August 2016 - 6:45pm
Matthew Weigand

Ahn Hee-jung, governor of Chungnam Province, on Friday signed an agreement with global room-sharing service Airbnb to cooperate on providing accommodations to visitors attending Korea’s 97th National Sports Festival. Airbnb’s Director of Public Policy for the Asia Pacific Region, Mike Orgill, represented the company at the ceremony. The ceremony also included several prominent bed-and-breakfast owners in the province.

The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlines a many-part agreement in which both the provincial government and the room-sharing service will work to encourage...

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