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Sung Hoon Yang is a Vice President 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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Michael Pachos is a Managing Director and the Head of Samsung Ventures America, East Coast.
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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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 software, services, mobile and digital media.
Jihong’s most recent exits include BigCommerce (IPO), Pluto TV (acquired by Viacom), and Centrify Corporation (acquired by Thoma Bravo).
Prior to joiningSamsung 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 workedas 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 Strategy and Operations Manager at Samsung Ventures America.
She joined SVA in March 2010 to support America office operations.
As the Strategy and Operations Manager, Nova is responsible for all aspects of SVA including but not limited to post-investment portfolio management,exit process, controlling America’s office budget, project management, portfolio database & system administration, and HR.
Before SVA, she worked at Samsung Data Systems America as a payroll assistant in the 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 joined Samsung Ventures’Menlo Park office in 2017 and Liam is responsible for investments in AR/VR and in display technologies that will power next generation devices including foldable phones, AR glasses, holographic TV’s and whatevercomes next.
Prior to Samsung Ventures, he worked at MindMeld (acquired by Cisco), a conversational AI startup creating the next generation of chat and voice assistants.
Previously, Liam managed Fortune 500 accounts at Samsung Electronics HQ.

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Ji Hoon joined Samsung Ventures in 2019, and focuses on investments in Fintech, Insurtech and Digital Health industry.
He joined Samsung Ventures’ Menlo Park office in 2019.
Before joining Samsung Ventures, Ji Hoon worked at Moon Capital in New York by covering global TMT, Consumers, and Financials for public/private equities.
Previously he oversawgrowth equity portfolios as in Industrial Bank of Korea Asset Management as a portfolio manager.
Ji Hoon managed small-cap and IPO equities in Woori Asset Management.
He covered Tech, Auto, and Healthcare sector in Woori Credit Suisse Asset Management as aninvestment analyst.
Ji Hoon earned his MBA degree from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BA degree from Korea University.

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He joined Samsung Ventures in 2020 and he is responsible for managing Samsung’s investments in Semiconductor devices, IP and components.
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures, Siddharth worked in Platform Architecture at Apple responsiblefor early stage technology investigations for enhancing the Apple consumer product lines, including iPhone, Apple Watch, MacBook and Apple TV.
Prior to Apple, Siddharth was an ASIC engineer at Maxim Integrated, where he helped build the company’s first smartgrid communication solutions. Siddharth earned his MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a B-Tech in Electronics Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

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David is a Managing Director at Samsung Ventures America.
David is responsible for investments in semiconductors, enterprise solutions, AI related S/W & H/W technologies, and consumer IT devices.
Looking for founders and investors who are ready to leverage Samsung partnership to bring their product to market with scale.
Prior to joining Samsung Ventures in 2014 based in HQ in Korea, David worked at Morgan Stanley (NY and Hong Kong) and RBS (Singapore) on the macro trading desks.
He founded essayvision.com, the leading ecommerce editing marketplace by 2009. David received B.Sc. in Finance and Economics from Wharton.

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India

Snehal is the head of Samsung Ventures India.
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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Lee Yu is a Business Strategy Manager at Samsung Ventures India.
Prior to Samsung, Lee worked at POSCO International leading a new business development team to find out business opportunities & develop a business model in India focused on mobility, green energy, and the consumer service sector.
Lee worked at Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to organizing the Korea-India Investment Relations in India.
For Korean company, introduced promising business opportunities in India for brownfield investment as well as greenfield investment into various manufacturing sectors like automobile, electric/electronics, automation.
Lee holds a Master in East Asia Studies, specialized in Indian Study from Sogang Graduate School of International Studies & Bachelor in International Relations from University of Seoul.

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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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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 a Managing Director 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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Chris Hong Liu is a Principal at Samsung Ventures China.
Chris’s journey at Samsung starts in 2015 from Samsung Global Strategy Group (GSG), where he worked on a wide variety of technology related projects for Samsung Mobile, Samsung VD, and Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance.
After GSG, Chris left Korea shortly to first serve as the Chief of Staff at Lenovo and then he joined JD.com’s mobile advertising department to help manage JD’s ~$3 bn+ advertising P&L.
Chris recently joined Samsung Ventures in 2019 and his focuses are technology & information services, AIoT, and FinTech.
Chris holds MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a Fellow of Society of Actuaries and also passed all three CFA exams (not chart holder).

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Weilan Dou is an Assistant Manager at Samsung Venture China.
She Joined SVC in May 2015 in charge of China office operation and portfolio management.
Befor joining SVC, She worked at Hyundai Group as operation assistant.
She earned BBA at School of Business in Yonsei University in Korea, Seoul.

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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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Hwaseok Patrik Kim is a Principal at Samsung Ventures.
He joined Samsung Ventures Israel office in 2019 and Patrick is responsible for investments in Fintech, Insuretech, Enterprise SW solutions including cybersecurity and new generation sensor technologies.
Prior to joiningSamsung Ventures, he worked at LG Technology Center in Israel as a technology cooperation manager, scouting for Automotive and Service related startups in Israel.

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Europe

Jong Sang Choi is the Head of Samsung Ventures Europe covering pan-European region 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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Kevin Lenehan is a 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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Ju Won is a Principal 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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