Hanwha Group Leads Global Discussion on Blockchain at the Boao Forum for Asia

  • Hanwha Group hosts roundtable discussion with leading blockchain experts from around the world
  • Hanwha Life Chief Innovation Officer Dong Won Kim invited to closed session hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping
Global blockchain experts at a roundtable discussion led by Hanwha Group at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference

Global blockchain experts at a roundtable discussion led by Hanwha Group at the 2018 Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference

[April 20, 2018] Hanwha Group hosted an official roundtable discussion on April 11 during the 18th Boao Forum for Asia(BFA) conference in Hainan Province, China. Modeled after the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, the Boao Forum brings together top government officials, business executives, and academics to discuss issues affecting Asia and the world. The theme for this year's Annual Conference was "An Open and Innovative Asia for a World of Greater Prosperity".

Insight and Debate

This is the fifth consecutive year that Hanwha Group attended the Boao Forum and the second year that it hosted an official session. It is the ideal venue for the Group to share its deep knowledge of important Asian markets such as China and an opportunity to contribute to a global discourse.

Hanwha Group's session at this year's Boao Forum was a roundtable discussion titled: "Blockchain: Theory, Technology & Application." Moderated by CCTV anchor Sixuan Li, the session brought together 15 leading blockchain experts from ten countries (including Korea, China, Japan, Germany, and the United States) for an intense debate that lasted for more than two hours.

Each expert spoke at length about their respective region's unique requirements and how blockchain could be used to address those needs. They also discussed growth strategies for the technology and as the global economy becomes more decentralized, blockchain's adoption by different industries around the world.

Participants at a session hosted by Hanwha Group's included Seunghwan Han, CEO of Upground, a Korean company which provides an integrated blockchain ecosystem connecting major international players; Loi Luu, Founder of Kyber Networks, a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange in Singapore; Trent McConaghy, who develops blockchain database platforms for Bigchain DB in Germany, and Antti Pennanen, founder and CEO of MONI, Ltd., which develops blockchain-based banking tools in Finland.

Hanwha Life CIO Dong Won Kim speaks with Takashi Okita, CEO of SBI Ripple Asia, during the Hanwha Night networking event at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan Province, China

Hanwha Life CIO Dong Won Kim speaks with Takashi Okita, CEO of SBI Ripple Asia, during the Hanwha Night networking event at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference in Hainan Province, China

Hanwha Life Chief Innovation Officer Dong Won Kim also attended a business leaders' discussion chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Close to 50 of the world's leading executives participated in the closed session, including Bank of China President Chen Siqing and Toyota Motor Corporation President Takeshi Uchiyamada.

CIO Kim is a regular presence at the Boao Forum. Kim was on the Young Business Leader list at the 2016 BFA and served as a panelist on the forum for three years in a row. At these events, CIO Kim shared his insights on the global FinTech industry with other prominent young leaders in politics, society, culture, and finance around the world.

Supporting the Future

CIO Kim is a leading advocate of fostering the FinTech ecosystem in Korea, including initiatives within the blockchain technology space. Having recognized its potential to disrupt the finance industry early on in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, he spearheaded many initiatives to adopt and develop blockchain at Hanwha Life. CIO Kim is also a passionate supporter and investor of startups. He has spearheaded various initiatives and dedicated resources to grow the startup ecosystem in the Asian region through DREAMPLUS, Hanwha Life's startup incubator.

DREAMPLUS 63, Hanwha Life's FinTech Center, first welcomed budding Korean startups in October of 2016

DREAMPLUS 63, Hanwha Life's FinTech Center, first welcomed budding Korean startups in October of 2016

DREAMPLUS is where young and aspiring entrepreneurs have the opportunity to take their ideas and develop them into fully executable products that with Hanwha's assistance, commercialize. With two large offices in Seoul, DREAMPLUS provides these entrepreneurs with a collaborative working environment as well as support and mentorship from a global finance company.

Through a cooperative arrangement, Hanwha Life is seeking to transform the international finance industry and lead the world through the Fourth Industrial Revolution's dramatic changes and broad impacts.

Hanwha Life

Established in 1946, Hanwha Life is a leading life insurance company and also the oldest in South Korea. Early on, we played a critical role in developing the insurance industry and the country's economic growth—always with our customers in mind.

For more information, visit: www.hanwhalife.com/static/company/english/EN_0000000_P10000.htm

Hanwha Group

Hanwha Group, founded in 1952, is one of the Top-Ten business enterprises in South Korea and a “FORTUNE Global 500” company. Hanwha Group has 61 domestic affiliates and 258 global networks in three major sectors: manufacturing and construction, finance, and services and leisure. With more than 65 years track record of industrial leadership, Hanwha’s manufacturing and construction businesses encompass a broad range of fields from chemicals & materials, aerospace & mechatronics, total solar energy solutions, and global construction. The finance network, covering insurance, asset management and securities, is the second largest non-bank financial group in South Korea. The services and leisure sector offers premium lifestyle services with retail and resort businesses.

For more information, visit: www.hanwha.com

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