Chief Executive Officer, KT Corporation
"Broadband is more than connection. It serves as an essential platform that will enable people to unleash their dream and empower companies to create new business opportunities and flourish. This is the essence of the vision of GiGAtopia which KT aspires to accomplish. I believe it will also help accelerating progress towards achievement of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDG) which the Broadband Commission advocates strongly.
I look forward to serving on the Broadband Commission and work with all stakeholders to take part in this great UN initiative as we need combined and concerted efforts to achieve this goal."
Dr. Chang-Gyu Hwang currently is the Chairman and CEO of KT Corporation, the largest integrated telecommunications and media company in Korea.
At KT, he set a vision of GiGAtopia and is leading a drive for growth based on a GiGA network with focus on Mobile Broadband that will provide foundation for IoT and fusion services in energy, health, media, security and transportation.
Prior to this position, Dr. Hwang has served various leading roles in the IT industry. While he started his career as a promising engineer, over the years, he became an innovative leader who turned Samsung into a global prestigious company.
After working at Intel and as a research associate at Stanford University, he joined Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in 1989. Dr. Hwang oversaw the development of the world's first 256Mb DRAM in 1994 and world's first NAND Flash in 1999. He contributed to the creation of new markets for semiconductor industry in mobile and consumer electronics, and brought in dramatic changes in information exchange.
In 2002, Dr. Hwang gained prominence in the world's semiconductor history by introducing the "Hwang's Law", which refers to a hypothesis that the density of the top-of-the-line memory chips will double every 12 months. He has proven for 8 consecutive years his 'New Memory Growth Model' which was published in "Proceedings of the IEEE" in November 2003. In 2008, he was named the President & Corporate Technology Officer of Samsung Electronics.
In 2010, Dr. Hwang was appointed the National Chief Technology Officer and the Head of the Office of Strategic R&D Planning at Ministry of Knowledge Economy. According to government protocol, this position is a minister-level.
As the National CTO of Korea, Dr. Hwang set the ambitious plan and laid foundations for Korea to become Global Top 5 Country in Technology by 2020 and led the national Future Flagship Programs to create new market. Dr. Hwang was a Distinguished Chair Professor at the Sungkyunkwan University in 2013.
Dr. Hwang has been actively serving the IEEE Electron Devices Society and the Circuits and Systems Society as IEEE Fellow since 2002. He has been adorned with prominent awards such as the ISI Citation Classic Award (2000), the Technology Leadership and Innovations Award by Electronic Industries Alliance (2004), Best Scientist Award by Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (2006) and Andy Grove Award (2006). He was chosen as "25 Stars of Asia" by Businessweek (2003), "One of the Ten Big Thinkers" by Newsweek (2005), and one of "Top Executives of 2005" by Asiamoney (2006).
Dr. Hwang serves as a Member of the Board of Directors for Korea Center for UN Human Rights Policy. He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of National Academy Engineering of Korea since May 2009. He also serves as a Member of the Advisory Committee at Constitutional Court in Korea.
He is a well-renowned speaker who has given lectures at universities including Harvard Business School, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cambridge University, Kellogg School of Management, UC Berkeley, Aachen University of Technology, Peking University, Kyoto University, along with various global top-class research institutions.
He earned BS and MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the Seoul National University, and received Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He holds 17 patents, and published 50+ technical papers.