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2022 WKF to discuss 4IR, environment, geopolitical stability for global prosperity

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Asia’s biggest business forum World Knowledge Forum this year will bring together entrepreneurs and pundits to deliberate on the theme of restoring global trust and order through Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, environmental commitments and geopolitical stability. 

Jason Brink, the President of Blockchain for Gala Games, will discuss the future of gaming and the cryptocurrency community for the technology sessions at the 2022 World Knowledge Forum (WKF) hosted by South Korea’s major business media Maekyung Media Group for three days from Sept. 20 in Seoul. 

Mark Sagar, CEO of Soul Machines, a company that creates digital humans, will share various insights about the technology field with Asaf Ashkenazi, the founder of Everysight, Israeli developer of augmented reality smart glass. 

Eric Xing, the first president of Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence and a former professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will also participate as a speaker. 

The sessions on climate will be attended by Doug Rae, the VP of Business Development at Carbon Engineering. Carbon Engineering received investment from Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, a climate fund backed by Bill Gates, for its Direct Air Carbon Capture and Storage (DACCS) technology. Carmine Di Noia, Director of the OECD′s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, will participate as a speaker to discuss the role of enterprises in achieving a low-carbon economy. Jonathan Cole, CEO of Corio Generation, will discuss renewable energy. 

David Giordano, Global Head of Climate Infrastructure at BlackRock, will attend the forum as a speaker for a session on investment, while Cal Henderson, Co-Founder and CTO of Slack, will speak about the future of work. 

Prince Lorenzo de Medici, a member of the Medici family - one of the oldest banking families in the world – and the creator of Renaissance Pop Collection, will also be at the forum. 

Other prominent figures such as Yozma Group Chairman Yigal Erlich, Tamir Pardo, former director of Israel’s national intelligence agency Mossad, Mordechai Sheves, former Vice President of Weizmann Research Institute, and many from various startups will visit this year’s WKF to discuss various topics such as semiconductors, innovation, cybersecurity, and bio. 

A multitude of security experts such as Heino Klinck, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Defense for East Asia, and Chad Sbragia, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Defense for China will visit Korea to speak on how the crisis in Europe will impact the security of East Asia and other regions. 


The forum this year will also feature its own theme song created by Korean AI songwriting startup POZAlabs. The music, which has a resounding and powerful ambiance of a superhero film soundtrack, will play as a background music at various parts of the forum. 

POZAlabs, established in 2018, uses its AI song-producing system “DIO” to create songs with the vibe, genre, and instruments that the client desires in around 5 minutes. 

The 23rd WKF will be held under the theme of “Supercompensation: Restoring Global Prosperity & Freedom” at the Shilla Hotel and Jangchung Arena in Seoul between Sept. 20-22. 

By Choi Seung-jin, Hwang Soon-min, Kim Tae-sung, and Susan Lee



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