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Biography

Sung-Joo Kim was inaugurated as the President of the Korean Red Cross in Oct 2014. She is the Chairperson and Chief Visionary Officer of the Sungjoo Group (Korea) and MCM Holding AG (Germany).

Sungjoo Group was founded in 1990 and has earned reputation as Korea’s foremost fashion industry leader which has launched the most prominent European luxury brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Sonia Rykiel and Marks & Spencer. Sungjoo Group also acquired MCM (top German luxury fashion brand founded in Munich in 1976) in 2005.

Ms. Kim was selected as a part of the “Innovation 101” for the Decide Now Act Summit hosted by the UN in 2012, and became the first female entrepreneur to be appointed as a member of ABAC, representing Korean business community to APEC (Asia-Pacific Economy Cooperation) in 2013. She has been awarded an Honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen Elizabeth II in June 2015 for her contribution to strengthening bilateral ties between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea.

She is a passionate philanthropist and works with several non-profit organizations, including World Vision, Asia House as a trustee member and the Global Summit of Women as an International Planning Committee member and other numerous humanitarian initiatives.