Ryan Jungwook Hong
Ryan Jungwook Hong is the chairman and majority shareholder of Herald Corporation and related companies, a leading content group in Korea with businesses ranging from media, education, and arts to biodegradable plastics. He is also the chairman and founder of Organica, a pioneering Korean natural food group offering nutritious whole foods, natural snacks and beverages, and fresh meals. Between 2008 and 2012, Hong was elected to the National Assembly of Korea and served on the Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee. He was also the chairman of the majority party’s International Affairs Committee and the Honorary Ambassador of Grant Aid for the Korean government. Prior to acquiring Herald Corporation in 2002, Hong worked as a founder of an Internet startup and an associate in the M&A Group of Lehman Brothers.

In 2011, Hong established Olje Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting classics and arts education in Korea, and has since served as its director general. A strong advocate for the environment, he has joined the board of directors of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Korea and supported its various initiatives to protect endangered species, fight climate change, and promote sustainable foods. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Friends of the National Museum of Korea, Choate Rosemary Hall, and the Korean-American Association.

Hong received his A.B. from Harvard University in 1993 and J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1998. He also studied at Seoul National University in Korea and Peking University in China. In addition, he received an honorary doctorate in political science from Yongin University in Korea. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an Asia 21 Fellow by Asia Society, and a Young World Leader by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt. He authored Seven Acts Seven Scenes, a memoir of his experiences abroad, which was first published in 1993 and has sold over 1.3 million copies to date. Hong is married to Junghee Sohn, with three children.