Meet our 2022 winners and finalists in Korea!

Read about our national winners and finalists 2021-22 below. Four winners in Korea from each category are selected for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their contribution to strengthening ties between the UK and Korea in February 2022.

The four winners selected by the national judging panel in the final stage of an extensive judging process of the 12 national finalists. All winners are UK university alumni with outstanding success stories. Read about their inspirational stories and how they are using their experience of studying at a UK university to make an impact on their communities, industries, and countries.

Business and Innovation Award winner

Jung Eun Kim (London School of Economics)

Jung Eun is the Founder and CEO of SMALL TICKET, a start-up that aims to innovate Korea’s insurance sector by targeting the unmet insurance needs of micro-segmented consumer groups including pets and gig-workers.

Social Action Award winner

Yi Hyun Choi (University of Leeds)

Yi Hyun is the Founder and CEO of MORETHAN CONTINEW, a social enterprise and a highly recognised ethical fashion company in Korea. CONTINEW turns non-recyclable car waste into fashion goods and has been collaborating with global brands like Hyundai Motors, Tesla, Porsche, and Audi. CONTINEW products have been worn by celebrities such as BTS and the First Lady of South Korea.

Culture and Creativity Award winner

Yiyun Kang (Royal College of Art)

Yiyun is an audio-visual installation artist and a visiting lecturer at Royal College of Art. She worked with prestigious partners including Victoria & Albert Museum and an Italian fashion brand, Max Mara, and recently became the only Korean artist who took part in the global ‘CONNECT, BTS’ project.

Science and Sustainability Award winner

Sangji Lee (London School of Economics)

With strong field experience in climate change and international development, Sangji won a Chevening scholarship to pursue further study in the UK. She is currently working at UNDP headquarters as a Climate Change and Green Economy Technical Specialist and is a member of the Climate Promise Team, which supports 120 countries in designing their nationally determined contributions (NDCs).