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Korea's Steve Jobs can be found among
the 290,000 People Listed in the 'Talent Library.'

All You Need to Know about the Human Resource Database, the 'Melting Pot of Korean Brainpower.'

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An asteroid the size of the state of Texas in the U.S. is dashing toward the earth at the whopping speed of some 35,000 km per hour. In response, the U.S. Government conceives a plan to drill a hole about 250 m deep on the surface of the asteroid and detonate a nuclear warhead within it—to destroy the asteroid and protect humanity from annihilation. For this, the authorities contact Harry Stamper (played by Bruce Willis), the best deep-sea oil driller in the world, and ask him to ride a space shuttle and embed a nuclear warhead deep in the center of the asteroid. Harry and his crew—oddballs who at first seem like incompetent losers—accept the plan after serious contemplation and begin their journey to save the earth. As seen in the movie Armageddon (1998), the scene, where the government quickly finds experts in relevant fields in times of unexpected crisis and asks them to "serve the country," is a time-tested formula in Hollywood movies. Such plots are only plausible because the U.S. Government has maintained and managed a list of top experts in each field for a long time. This raises the question of whether Korea has a similar talent pool. Korea does indeed have a comparable system, although people are generally unfamiliar with the program. The Human Resource Database ( is 'Korea's national talent pool.' Let's delve into this national talent database, which is deemed the "melting pot of Korean brainpower." The Human Resource Database is like a library that stores information about the experience and capabilities of public servants and top talent active in all walks of life.

Source : The Seoul Shinmun (September 2, 2017)

Lee Dong-kyou, Director General of the Numerical Modeling Studies
Division: 'My country called me into service at the age of 70 . . .
job grade is not an issue when you are serving your country.'

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Lee Dong-kyou, 71, Director General of the Numerical Modeling Studies Division at the National Institute of Meteorological Sciences (NIMS) once served as a professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University, and is a top expert in meteorological numerical modeling. Last November, when it was revealed that he was employed as Director General (grade 2) of NIMS under the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), those in academia and the weather community were taken by surprise—because he was one of the most prominent figures in the discipline, with the qualifications to become the head of the KMA. Therefore, most people he knew tried to dissuade him from starting a new career as a public official at the age of 70. However, Mr. Lee didn't care about job grade. He said, "When I heard that my country needed me, I just felt that I wanted to serve, so I came, and I'm just doing what I'm best at." When this reporter met him at the KMA headquarters in Sindaebang-dong, Dongjak-gu on the 11th, he looked unbelievably healthy for his age. "I guess working with young colleagues helps me stay young," he notes. In 2010, he retired as a professor at the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Seoul National University. Even after retirement, he actively continued his studies working as a board member of the Korea-USA Weather and Climate Center and as a researcher for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Source : Korea Economic Daily (August 12, 2016)

A Former Medical Professor and Authority in Pathology
Now Works for the Government.

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The Biopharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicine Evaluation Department under the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety has an employee with a unique career history. Director General Kim Dae-cheol, who formerly served as a medical examiner at the National Scientific, Criminal & Investigation Laboratory and as a visiting professor at Queen Mary's University Hospital before working as Chief of the Pathology Department at Dong-a University Hospital. For over 20 years, Kim studied pathology and is an authority in the research and verification of gene therapy and gene recombination drugs. However, in 2015, Kim, a doctor with a stellar track record, made a foray into a new career when he decided to become a public official to help raise the competitiveness of Korea's bioindustry. "For over 20 years, I worked hard as a doctor and researcher. But I also contemplated what to do for the next ten years, and realized that, in addition to personal academic growth, I wanted to actively contribute to raising national competitiveness in bioindustry, which is one of Korea's growth engines for the future, so I decided to work with other public servants at the frontline of the bioindustry." In November 2015, he was hired as Director General of the Herbal Medicine Bureau at the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, becoming the "first public servant employed through Referral Recruitment." The Biopharmaceuticals and Herbal Medicine Evaluation Department handles the screening & approval of biopharmaceuticals, herbal medicines, cosmetics, and quasi-drugs.

Source : Regulatory Information Portal, Office for Government Policy Coordination(July 25, 2017)

Lee Chul, the Godfather of Neuropsychiatry and
President of the National Center for Mental Health:
'Early treatment of mental illness can reduce social costs.'

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"Many patients fail to receive treatment at the right time due to the social taboo against mental illness. Late treatment means more medical costs. I will strive to reduce wastage of social resources." Considered the godfather of Korean neuropsychiatry, Lee Chul, President of the National Center for Mental Health (photo) said, "Currently, the center is mainly responsible for mental health-related public service projects. However, our plan is to transform it within 4-5 years into one of the foremost medical institutions that deals with treatment, research, and related projects." When Dr. Lee worked as a doctor for hospitals such as Asan Medical Center and Ulsan University Hospital, he actively spread the pioneering spirit of Chung Ju-yung, the late chairman of Hyundai Group. In 1989, Lee became a founding member and Vice President & Chief Education Officer for Asan Medical Center. He later moved to Ulsan University Hospital and became President of both the University of Ulsan and its hospital. Interestingly, he is well known for his rejection of a job offer request by Hyundai Honorary Chairman Chung Ju-yung. During Lee's first year at Asan Medical Center, Honorary Chairman Mr. Chung asked Dr. Lee to give a doctor a position in a residency program. But after some consideration, he decided to reject the request, saying "A residency program is as competitive as a college entrance exam, so fairness must be observed." When he was appointed as President of the Center in October, his appointment has drawn much attention in the medical community. As he is well known as a man of principle, people expect to see big changes at the institution.

Source : Korea Economic Daily (Feburary 23, 2017)

Singaporean Urban Regeneration Brought to Korea by

Lee Hong-su, Director of the Urban Regeneration Policy Division, MLIT

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"Building on my overseas work experience and networks, I will strive to establish urban regeneration models that meet the requirements for internationalization."
Mr. Lee Hong-su, 41, a former employee of the Urban Redevelopment Authority in Singapore who oversaw a variety urban planning projects including the development of central commercial districts and transportation infrastructure, was newly employed as Director of the Urban Regeneration Policy Division at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), according to the Ministry of Personnel Management (MPM). MPM, Mr. Lee's employer, noted that he is one of top talents in the field, with a master's degree in architectural design from the University of Pennsylvania in the U.S. and another master's degree in urban planning from Harvard Graduate School. He had also developed a variety of urban plans including a long-term 30-year urban plan. Lee will be in charge of the spread of urban regeneration models tailored to local needs (e.g., creation of economic bases in large cities, activation of mid-sized hub cities, and the enhancement of neighborhood living environments); the development of smart cities; and the systematic establishment of a sustainable and future-oriented city planning system. "My goal is to create urban development guidelines that are creative and future-oriented," Lee said, citing his aspiration. His employment was arranged through Referral Recruitment. "Referral Recruitment has been a success, serving as an effective channel for recruiting top talent from a wide array of fields," said Kim Jeong-il, Director General of the Talent Information & Acquisition Bureau.

Source : Maeil Business Newspaper (June 13, 2016)

Ji Yeon-su, a Former Curator at the USC Pacific Asia Museum, Becomes Head of the Exhibition & Publicity Division at the National Palace Museum of Korea

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On 24th, the Cultural Heritage Administration (Administrator: Na Seon-wha) appointed Ji Yeon-su, a former curator of the USC Pacific Asia Museum, as the new Director of the Exhibition & Publicity Division at the National Palace Museum of Korea.
Ms. Ji received a B.A. in art history and an M.A. in Asian art history from California State University, Long Beach. She previously worked as a curator at the USC Pacific Asia Museum since 2011.
Notably, Ji was found as a result of an effort to recruit private-sector talent, which took advantage of the MPM's Human Resource Database. With experience in exhibitions and museum publicity overseas, she is expected to bring new waves of change to both domestic and international exchanges and cooperation as well as playing an important role in raising the status of the museum.
The National Palace Museum of Korea is dedicated to a variety of specialized roles, including investigation and research of court artifacts; development and operation of exhibitions and education programs; scientific preservation and treatment of the collection; museum storage management; replicating, restoring, copying, and photographing artifacts; and cooperation with other organizations for preservation and management of court artifacts.

Source : EconomytalkNews(April 21, 2017)

Kim Myoung-hee, Former Employee of SK Telecom and the New
President of the NCIS: 'Enhancing the Capabilities of the Organization
and its Members'

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"I don't think anything needs to change just because I moved from the private sector to public office. Our goal is to raise the status of the NCIS by improving the system, the way work is done, and the capabilities of our personnel."
"We will quickly come up with measures for the development of the center along with detailed plans. And we will focus on reinforcing the capabilities of the center as a support organization for the government's ICT infrastructure and for the development of the ICT industry," said Kim Myoung-hee, who spent three months as the new President of the National Computing and Information Service (NCIS). Kim, who was appointed in February through the "government headhunting" initiative for private-sector talent, is the first female public official recruited via the process and the first female president of the NCIS. She received much attention in the beginning as she had excellent track records at both IBM and SK Telecom. "Just as I did while working in the private sector, as president of a public institution, I will strive to achieve organizational goals," she emphasized. Upon appointment, she asked all center employees three questions: What defines you? What contributions have you made to your organization? What improvements do you aspire to make? She had them arrange their answers and collected them to create a thick sourcebook. "[This] helps me understand the organization and personnel. Once common elements are identified, we incorporate them into development measures," Kim said. She has already formed and launched five task forces for the development of the NCIS.

Source : The Electronic Times(April 4, 2017)

'Data analysis experience and expertise gained from the private sector
will help improve services offered by Statistics Korea.'

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"I will do my best to fulfill my role as Director of the Microdata Service Division based on my experience and expertise in data analysis and marketing, which I gained from working for private companies throughout the years." This is what Yun Ji-suk (51, photo), a former Managing Director at IBM, said, after she was appointed on the 16th as Director of the Microdata Service Division at Statistics Korea through "government hunting." She is the third female public official recruited through this process. A data analysis and consulting expert, Yun received her bachelor's degree in statistics and master's degree in computational statistics from Seoul National University. She has also worked for SAS Korea, Uniboss, and other companies. At Citibank, she successfully completed the integration of data from two merging banks. Also, at IBM, as the person in charge of financial industry operations, she won the company's first big data project in the financial sector. Moreover, since last year, she had served as CEO of Big Data. In total, Yun has over 20 years of career experience in data analysis and marketing. The director of the Microdata Service Division at Statistics Korea is an administrative position responsible for the establishment of a microdata integrated database and the operation of related services. The MPM has headhunted private-sector talent since July 2015.

Source : Seoul Economic Daily (July 17, 2017)