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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 Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos in 1997 and received the Ethics in Business Award from the EU government in 2009. She was also listed in Forbes’ Top 50 Asian Business Women in 2012 and selected as one of Asia’s 25 Hottest CEOs by Fortune in the same year. Ms. Kim was selected as a part of the “Innovation 101” for the Decide Now Act Summit hosted by the UN in 2012, and was appointed as Co-Chair of the Presidential Campaign Committee for President Geun-Hye Park who became the First Woman President in Korean history. Ms. Kim also 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 recently been appointed as 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.