Samuel Hungsoo Kim, a Korean national, is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives (CALI). He is passionate about nurturing and empowering talent in Asia and runs over 35 programs annually, in more than 27 Asian countries, to help the region’s emerging leaders explore ways of being socially responsible as they face today’s complex challenges.
CALI comprises four main initiatives: the Asia Leadership Trek, a public-service program that offers study trips throughout Asia to scholars at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and Tufts; the Asia Leadership Institute, a program for building leadership capacity in thought-leaders and aspiring talents of Asia; the Acumen Case Center, focusing on research and content development; and Acumen Publishing, which produces the Center’s various books and essay series. Samuel oversees both these initiatives and CALI’s 40-member team, including faculty and teaching fellows from Harvard and Stanford Universities and the Center’s administrators, at the main office in Boston and at the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo. His endeavor to create positive social change through teaching bold and effective leadership practices accompanies his deep aspiration to reach all 48 countries in Asia and the Caucasus.
Samuel’s research and training focus on building social capital and trustworthy institutions; the effective use of power, authority, and influence; and negotiations, mediation, and confidence-building. To date, some 36,000 burgeoning and established leaders from the governmental, political, non-profit, and corporate spheres in Asia have benefited from his programs. Prior to establishing CALI, Samuel worked for 14 years in a wide range of sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He has worked for and with over 30 renowned organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, Samsung, and Toyota. He currently sits on the boards of three social-profit organizations and has served as a visiting fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University.
Samuel holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s in International Cooperation from Seoul National University; and an LLB in Law, International Politics, and Economics from Handong University. He is the editor of nine books: the 4-volume Rethinking Asia series; Finding the Leaders in Us: New Goals for the Future; Redefining Success: Learning to Lead for Change; Next Generation Leadership: Empower Youth to Shape the Future of Asia; Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World; and Leadership That Triumphs: Moments of Greatness in the Work of Leadership. He regularly writes opinion pieces and editorials.