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South Korea: An Economic Powerhouse in Transition, at Asia House

News of an upcoming talk at Asia House:

South Korea: An Economic Powerhouse in Transition

21 October 2014, 18:00 – 20:30

Asia House LogoAsia House is delighted to invite you to join us for a stimulating discussion on the economic and foreign relations between the EU/UK and South Korea. The format will be a seated conference followed by a networking reception.

Remarks: HE Mr Sungnam Lim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

HE Mr Sungnam Lim was appointed Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s in June 2013 by South Korean President Park Geun-hye. He is a career diplomat with a wide range of experiences spanning more than three decades and most recently served as Seoul’s Special Representative for Korean Peninsula Peace and Security Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Keynote Speaker: Tony Whitehorn, President and CEO Hyundai Motor UK

In Tony Whitehorn’s career, which spans three decades, he has held key positions at Rover, Renault, and Toyota before joining Hyundai Motor UK in 2005 as Managing Director. In 2011 Mr Whitehorn became the first Managing Director in the history of Hyundai Motor Europe to be promoted to President and CEO; a position he currently holds.


  • Sir Thomas Harris, Vice Chairman at Standard Chartered Bank and British Ambassador to Korea 1993-1997
  • Prof. Keun-Wook Paik, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Aidan Foster-Carter, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in Sociology and Modern Korea at University of Leeds

Moderator: Michael Lawrence, CEO Asia House

Event Partner: Master Key to Asia – David Clive Price, author of recently published Phoenix Rising: A Journey Through South Korea, will introduce the event.

This journey into the heart of South Korea takes the reader from the birth of democracy and the hosting of the Olympic Games in 1988 to the brash, sophisticated, highly creative Korea of today. On the way the writer pauses at Korean temples, mountain hermitages, the border with the North, romantic islands and ancient dynastic capitals to evoke a portrait of a country in constant, dynamic flux and yet reliant on its centuries-old culture and traditions.

(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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