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Sung Hoon Yang is a General Manager at Samsung Ventures America.
He joined Samsung Ventures America Menlo Park office at April in 2018, prior to moving to Menlo Park office, he worked at Samsung Ventures head quarter in Seoul Korea for 7 years. He has invested in globally more than 20 startups developing semiconductor manufacturing technologies of materials, equipment, software, and new memory, etc.
Before joining Samsung Ventures, Sung Hoon worked at Samsung Electronics Display Division for 6 years as an R&D engineer where he led various projects for future display technologies with utilizing computer simulation methodologies.
Sung Hoon earned his Ph.D. in materials science and engineering by computational study on the molecular behaviors of organic materials at Seoul National University. He holds master degree and B.S. in materials science from the same school.

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Hyuk-Jeen Suh is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America and the Head of Samsung Ventures America, East Coast.
He joined Samsung Ventures in 2012 and focuses primarily on technology investments geographically located on the U.S. East Coast.
Before joining Samsung Ventures, Hyuk-Jeen worked at J.P. Morgan investment banking in the Technology, Media, and Telecom group. Prior to J.P. Morgan, he was the global senior business development and marketing manager at MEMSIC.
He led the global marketing strategy which contributed to the successful IPO of MEMSIC in 2007. Prior to joining MEMSIC, Hyuk-Jeen was a senior research engineer at Sequenom, and conducted research on DNA biochips and led joint venture projects with Hitachi and Samsung. He began his career at Intel as a process engineer.
Hyuk-Jeen earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering, focusing on Microelectromechanical Systems from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He earned his M.B.A from Yale School of Management. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering, B.A in economics and M.E in electrical engineering, all from Cornell University.

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Claire Leurent is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America, East Coast. She joined Samsung Ventures America in August 2017.
Claire is a biologist by training, and earned her PhD in molecular and cellular biology at the Institute of Genetics, Molecular and Cellular Biology (IGBMC) in Strasbourg, France. Claire then joined the pharmaceutical industry to work on drug development in several capacities for about 13 years. She joined Wyeth Pharmaceutical (Paris office) as a Senior Clinical Scientist contributing to global phase 3 registration trials, NDA dossier submission and new product launch. Then with Pfizer Neuroscience she led teams in designing and conducting clinical plans from First in Human to Proof of Concept studies for small molecules, biologics and biomarker technologies. Over the years, Claire developed a passion for the business aspects of innovation. She became a standing member on the Portfolio Enhancement team responsible for screening external opportunities for business development and did an internship with Pfizer's Strategic Investment team in 2015.
Claire obtained her MBA from MIT Sloan in June 2016.

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Michael Pachos is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America and focuses on investments in mobile platform, AI, IoT, digital media & content, and advanced materials & equipment.
He joined Samsung in 2008 as part of the Global Strategy Group in the Chairman's Office. Michael then joined Samsung Ventures in 2009. Michael transferred from Seoul to Silicon Valley in 2013.
Prior to Wharton, Michael co-founded the network security startup Global Velocity. Michael also was a CPU architect on several DEC Alpha and Intel Itanium processors.
Michael has an MBA from Wharton and a BS in Computer Engineering from WashU. In his spare time Michael enjoys sailing and visiting his hometown of NYC and adopted hometown of Seoul.

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Michael is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America. He focuses primarily on datacenter, storage, foundry services and AI.
He was formerly an investor with ARCH Venture Partners and Harris & Harris Group. His experience in the IT and semiconductor industries includes corporate development and new business strategy at ARM Ltd., and sales and process engineering at Motorola. At ARM, Michael focused on mobile, Internet of Things, information security, and image processing. He also founded two startup companies, one in semiconductors and the other in the medical materials space.
Michael attended Brigham Young University and Chicago Booth

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Thomas Jueng is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America.
He joined Samsung Ventures in 2012 and focuses on investments in mobile platform, AI, IoT, digital media & content, and enterprise solution.
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Thomas worked in Benex investment, a private equity in Korea.
Before Benex investment, he worked at SK Telecom in global strategy planning team and investment team. Thomas led deals in the US, China, Vietnam, and Korea mainly focusing on mobile and internet.
Before SK Telecom, Thomas worked at a RF repeater system company, MTI Co., Ltd. as a RF, S/W engineer. Thomas also co-founded two start-ups, a social network service website, win520.com in Beijing, China, and an outdoor digital signage company, Intercity Networks in Korea and he was an early member of Chinese mobile device company, Xiaomi.
Thomas earned his M.B.A. at the Wharton School and received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Seoul National University.

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Jihong Kim is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America.
He joined SVA in 2012 and focuses on mobile, digital media, software and services companies. His most recent exits include Centrify (acquired by Thoma Bravo).
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Jihong worked at a global long short equity fund as a research analyst (SFG), in investment banking (HSBC, JMP) as well as in management consulting (PwC). He started his career as a software engineer at Lucent Technologies and had also worked as an early member of start-ups at nDosa and CommASIC (acquired by Freescale).
Jihong received an MBA as well as B.S. in EECS from the University of California at Berkeley.

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Nova Choe is a Manager at Samsung Ventures America, in charge of operations and portfolio management.
She joined SVA in March 2010 to support America office operations. As Operations Manager, she is responsible for all aspects of SVA including post-investment portfolio management, controlling America's office budget, project management, portfolio database & system administration and HR.
Prior to SVA, she worked at Samsung Data Systems America as a payroll assistant in HR department.
Nova earned dual B.A. degrees in Music Performance (Trombone) and Japanese Language from the University of California, Davis.

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Liam Ahn is a Principal at Samsung Ventures America.
He is responsible for developing Samsung Ventures’ investment theses and identifying investment opportunities in all areas.
Prior to Samsung Ventures, Liam worked at MindMeld (acquired by Cisco), a conversational AI startup creating the next generation of chat and voice assistants. Liam started his career at Samsung Electronics HQ, where he managed Fortune 500 global accounts and also operated Samsung Electronics UK’s B2B business.
Liam grew up in London and moved to Korea to get his B.A. in business administration at Seoul National University

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Sea Won Song is an Associate at Samsung Ventures America.
She supports the operations manager to ensure the America offices operation.
Prior joining SVA, She also worked at YouTube as language specialist and Google as Content specialist.
Sea Won earned BFA at Academy of Art University, majoring Advertising.

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Won is a Principal at Samsung Ventures America.
He joined SVA in 2018, focuses on high tech startups such as semiconductor, materials, bio, and fintech.
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Won worked at Samsung Semiconductor R&D center as an engineer and at Blizzard eSports team as the first MBAintern. He wrote the Op-Ed “Make Video Games Safe” for the New York Times.
Won received an MBA from Stanford GSB and BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Seoul National University.

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India

Snehal heads Samsung Ventures India office and leads investments in Core technology & service areas of strategic interest to Samsung Biz.
He brings over 18 years of Technology & biz development experience in Consumer Electronics and Defence Industry. He initially joined Samsung R&D in 2005 and has undertaken variety of roles in Technology & Product planning, Open Innovation, and Technology Incubation & IP Management.
Amongst his many endeavours, Snehal was instrumental in leading DTV roll out and adoption in Asia Pacific & MENA regions. He directly led Broadcast standardization discussions with many government standard bodies (Singapore, Australia, India). Snehal was instrumental in Samsung's “Make for India” initiatives for CE Biz and in setting up Samsung India’s Academia collaboration with Top IITs & esteemed research Institutes.
Prior to Samsung, Snehal had engineering experience in Defence Industry for Armament Research & Development Establishment of Ministry of Defence, India. Snehal work involved development of HW & Device Drivers for TI DSP Chipsets, Motorola Power PC, ARM / MIPS Core.
Snehal holds an B.Tech in Electronics & Telecommunication & has 4 patents to his name.

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Eunjung is in charge of operations and portfolio management of Samsung Ventures India.
With her experience of pioneering new markets in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Japan at her previous company, she identifies investment opportunities for Samsung Venture in Indian startup ecosystem.
Eunjung earned B.B.A. at Korea University, Seoul, minoring in Psychology.

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Japan

IkHyun Lim is the Head of Samsung Ventures Japan.
In 2014, He was appointed head of the Japan Branch and have been serving the role ever since, sourcing Japanese venture companies to introduce to Samsung Electronics and its group companies or to have them invested by Samsung. He mainly engage in activities related to sourcing, investment and business tie-ups of various technology ventures such as semiconductors, smartphones, display, battery, AI and other tech items that can be used worldwide at all times.
He joined Samsung Japan in 2004 and have been involved in wireless technology from sales of wireless communication equipment to technical correspondence to major network carriers. While living in Japan for 20 years, He has been aiming to become a bridge between Japan and Korea businesses. He will always do my utmost to contribute to the growth of the Japanese venture industry.

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Min-jeong is an assistant investment manager at Samsung Ventures Japan.
In 2011, she joined in a Japan office of Samsung Venture Investment Corporation.
After two years supported in system designing and software development at IT Company in Japan.
She engaged in research and project discovery related to new Japan investments, due diligence and value-up of investment companies.
She is interested in areas related to Samsung such as mobile, platform-business, and On-Device AI, etc.​
She holds BA in Education at Waseda University.

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China

Jaeyoung Shin is the Head of Samsung Ventures China.
He joined Samsung Ventures China Beijing office at March in 2014, prior to moving to Beijing office, he worked at Samsung Ventures head quarter in Seoul Korea for more than 4 years. He has invested in semiconductor industry in various countries including US, UK and China.
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures in early 2010, he worked at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Korea from early 2005 and worked as a researcher in Fuel Cell Lab (PEMFC), also has worked as a R&D staff of Fuel Cell Lab(SOFC) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Jaeyoung grew up in Seoul and Singapore, earned Master in mechanical engineering from Aachen University of Applied Science Germany, and attended Shanghai Tongji University China for the same major.

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Jingyi (Vanessa) Wang is an Investment Manager at Samsung Ventures China.
She joined Samsung Ventures in 2015.
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Vanessa worked in Samsung’s Global Strategy Group in Seoul and mainly involved with projects such as global new product development, mobile growth strategy in China, and partnership strategy with major Chinese internet players. Before Samsung, Vanessa has 5-year working experience in multiple financial sectors from investment banking to private equity investment.
Vanessa is a CFA charterholder. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and completed her BBA at School of Economics and Management in Tsinghua University in China.

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Israel

Ori Kirshner is the Head of Samsung Ventures Israel.
Prior to Samsung Ventures he was Managing Director and Managing Partner at Giza Venture Capital where he was mostly focused on investments in the areas of communications, software infrastructure, semiconductors, and information technology. Prior to Giza, he was Product Director at Mint and was founder and manager of IBM Microelectronics Israel and managed products and R&D projects within IBM Networking Division. Ori also held senior technical positions at Motorola Semiconductor and worked for Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. and Cycon, startup companies in robotics and CAD/CAM, where he led R&D teams in the fields of computational geometry and graphics processing.
Ori received an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing and a B.Sc. in Mathematics and Computer Science, both from Tel Aviv University.

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Hun Jang (Matan) Cho is an Investment Manager at Samsung Ventures Israel.
He joined Samsung Ventures in 2017.

Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Hun Jang worked in the Open Innovation team of the Samsung Electronics R&D Institute in Israel from 2013. His main responsibility was to discover technology startups in various areas including AI, automotive, digital health, computer vision, etc. and facilitate R&D collaboration with the corporate R&D center of Samsung Electronics in Korea.

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Europe

Kevin Lenehan is an Investment Director in Samsung Ventures Europe based in London office.
He joined Samsung in 2012 working for 6 years in Korea HQ on Strategy and Business Development topics focused on Datacenter, Automotive and IoT markets. Prior to joining Samsung, Kevin was a Management Consultant based in Brussels and an engineer for several global semiconductor companies in France and the UK.
Kevin has a Masters in Physics and Computer Science from Edinburgh University and an MBA from INSEAD.

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Jong Sang Choi is the Head of Samsung Ventures Europe covering pan-European investments out of London office.
Prior to Samsung Ventures he led international Digital Media team of NBCUniversal out of London office to initiate, build and expand its digital media business across international markets. Prior to NBCUniversal he worked at Samsung Semiconductor business as business developer, product manager and engineer in network, security and media product areas.
Jong earned his MBA from London Business School and received M.S. and B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Ju Won is a Senior Investment Associate at Samsung Ventures Europe based in London.
Ju Won joined Samsung in 2018 and focuses on identifying, evaluating, and executing investments in the Europe region. Prior to this, she was at Channel Four Television in their media for equity ventures team investing in high growth phase companies in sectors ranging from e-commerce and marketplaces to consumer fintech. Ju Won started her career at Goldman Sachs in the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecoms) & Industrials teams, advising clients on M&A and financing processes.
Ju Won is a graduate of the University of Oxford where she earned a First Class master’s degree in Chemistry. Originating from South Korea, she grew up in both Spain and the UK.

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