Professor Emeritus, Stern School of Business, New York University
Nouriel ROUBINI is the CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC, a global macroeconomic consultancy firm in New York. He is also Chief Economist for Atlas Capital Team LP, as well as Co-Founder of Rosa & Roubini Associates. He is Professor Emeritus (2021-present) and was Professor of Economics (1995-2021) at the Stern School of Business, New York University. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises, among other issues. His predictions of turmoil became a reality in 2008, with economic bubbles bursting and reverberating around the world into a global financial crisis that lasted well into the next decade. He has published numerous theoretical, empirical and policy papers as well as books on international macroeconomic issues. His new book is Megathreats: Ten Dangerous Trends That Imperil Our Future And How To Survive Them. Dr. Roubini’s views on global economic issues are widely cited by the media, and he is a frequent commentator on various business news programs. Dr. Roubini received an undergraduate degree at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a doctorate in economics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Stern, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s department of economics.
Environmental & social activist
Vandana SHIVA is an environmental/social activist. She was trained as a physicist and did her Ph.D. on the subject “Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory” from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. In 1982, she founded an independent institute, the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology in Dehra Dun dedicated to high quality and independent research to address the most significant ecological and social issues of our times, in close partnership with local communities and social movements. In 1991, she founded Navdanya, a national movement to protect the diversity and integrity of living resources, especially native seed, and the promotion of organic farming and fair trade. In 2004 she started Bija Vidyapeeth, an international college for sustainable living in Doon Valley in collaboration with Schumacher College, U.K. Dr. Shiva combines sharp intellectual enquiry with courageous activism. Time Magazine identified Dr. Shiva as an environmental “hero” in 2003 and Asia Week has called her one of the five most powerful communicators of Asia. Forbes magazine in November 2010 has identified Dr. Vandana SHIVA as one of the top seven most Powerful Women on the Globe. Dr. Shiva has received honorary doctorates from University of Paris, University of Western Ontario, University of Oslo, Connecticut College, and University of Guelph.
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
SAITO Kohei is an Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo. His Karl Marx’s Ecosocialism: Capital, Nature and the Unfinished Critique of Political Economy (2017) was awarded the Isaac Deutscher Memorial Prize of 2018, the most prestigious academic award for Marxian studies, making him the youngest recipient of that honor. The book has been published in eight languages. Saito’s “Capital” in the Anthropocene (2020) opened a pathbreaking interpretation of Marx’s theory of post-capitalism in the age of climate crisis, selling 500,000 copies in Japan. His introduction to Marx’s Capital that was utilized as a textbook for a TV program on the NHK network sold more than 150,000 copies to date. Capital in the Anthropocene received "Best Asian Book of the Year" at the Asia Book Awards 2021. His latest book Marx in the Anthropocene: Towards the Idea of Degrowth Communism was published in 2022. He studied at the Wesleyan University as a Freeman Asian Scholarship recipient, began his master’s studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, then received his Ph.D in philosophy from Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.
Research Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin
Raj PATEL is an award-winning author, filmmaker and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US, UK and EU governments and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems. He has degrees from the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell University, has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested them around the world. In addition to scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics, and public health journals, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Times of India, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His second, The Value of Nothing, was a New York Times and international best-seller. He is the co-author with Jason W. Moore of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. His acclaimed latest book, co-authored with Rupa Marya, is entitled Inflamed: Deep Medicine and The His first film, co-directed with Zak Piper and filmed over the course of a decade in Malawi and the United States, is the award-winning documentary The Ants & The Grasshopper.
Professor of Economics, Korea University
LEE Woo-jin is a Professor of Economics at Korea University and Chairman of the ILJU Scholarship Foundation. He is also Director of the Center for Public Health and Social Welfare at Korea University. He was a former President of the Korean Econometric Society and a member of the Special Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policies (under the Office of the President of Korea). His main research interests are in distribution of income and wealth, political economy, public economics, and economic development. He published numerous academic journal articles, and books including Racism, Xenophobia, and Distribution (Harvard University Press). He previously held faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA and the University of Manchester, UK.
Deputy Director & Board Member, Institute for Green Transformation
LEE Yu-jin is the Deputy Director & Board Member at the Institute for Green Transformation, conducting research focusing on climate action and local energy transformations. She is co-representative of the Local Energy Transformation Network and Chief Policy Advisor of Next Group. As a member of the Presidential Committee on Carbon Neutrality, she helped draft the Korean Government’s 2050 carbon neutrality scenarios and 2030 greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals. In addition to previous roles as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on the Green New Deal and non-executive director on the board of the Seoul Energy Cooperation, she assisted in the adoption and implementation of the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s One Less Nuclear Plant and Solar City Seoul initiatives and Green New Deal policy. She has actively participated in the efforts of the environmental group Green Korea and, as co-chair of the steering committee of Green Party Korea, ran for election to the National Assembly.
Senior Executive Vice President, VAIV Company
SONG Gil-young is the Senior Executive Vice President at VAIV Company, Inc. In the past, he served as chief strategy officer and, together with his colleagues, pioneered the technologies and business opportunities for gathering and analyzing billions of social media posts to read the minds of people that the posts convey. Vaiv Company now plays a unique role in Korea specializing in natural language processing, text mining, and social big data mining. He received his Ph.D in computer science from Korea University, and serves as an executive board member of the Korea Data Mining Society. He also teaches students at Korea University as an adjunct professor of Media and Communication. He co-established and leads the Opinion Mining Working Group, a non-profit professional organization for data mining industry in Korea. He authored We See Your Desire: a Map of 7-biliion Desires Found in Big Data (2012, Sam & Parkers), Don’t Imagine: a Method of Reading Untold Desires (2015, Bookstone) and Don’t Just Do It: Your Every Move is the Message (2021, Bookstone).
Director, Green Buddhism Institute
YOO Jung-gil is currently the Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Buddhist Environmental Solidarity and the Director of its affiliated organization, the Green Buddhism Institute. He has been involved in green, ecological, and life movements for long time, and was co-chairman of EcoBuddha, the environmental organization of the Buddhist community that is a part of the JungTo Society. He has worked in international development cooperation for four years in Afghanistan and five years as a planning officer at the Peace Foundation. He is interested in ecological transformation and green peace between North and South Koreas, as well as development cooperation with North Korea and the East Asian community. He has served as the chairman of the Eco-Peace Committee of the Korean Conference of Religions for Peace (KCRP), a member of the Mindfulness Committee of Hansalim, and a co-chairman of the People Agricultural Forum (PAF) and the Korean Re-farming Movement. He is interested in and involved in various ecological alternative social movements such as climate crisis response, village movement, grassroots autonomy, community council movement, and peace & cooperative movement.