• Advisors
      • Don Tapscott


        Don is one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media, and the economic and social impact of technology and advises business and government leaders around the world. He has authored or co-authored 15 widely read books all over the world, including the international best-seller Blockchain Revolution, which he co-authored with his son, Alex Tapscott. In 2015, Thinkers50 named Don as the 4th most important business thinker in the world. In 2017, he established The Blockchain Research Institute, the world's leading think-tank dedicated to understanding blockchain opportunities, challenges and use-cases.

        Jason Best


        Selected as one of the 10 most influential people in crowdfunding by Forbes.com, he is a contributor to TechCrunch and Venture Beat and a co-founder and principal of Crowdfund Capital Advisors (CCA). Recently, he was on the executive leadership team of Kinnser Software, ranked by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing private companies in the US.

        Eddy Travia


        Eddy Travia is a pioneer investor in blockchain technology startups and the CEO of Coinsilium, a London-based venture builder, accelerator and investor in early-stage blockchain technology companies (NEX:COIN). In July 2013, after several years in private equity in Greater China, Eddy co-founded Seedcoin, the world’s first global incubator of digital currency startups and, in May 2014, was named among the ‘Top three Most Influential Investors’ at the Blockchain Awards. Eddy has led early-stage investments in 17 blockchain companies around the world. He also regulary delivers keynote speeches on blockchain and advises corporates and financial regulators.

      • Paul Veradittakit


        Paul is Partner at Pantera Capital leading blockchain investments. Prior to joining Pantera, he worked at Strive Capital as an Associate focusing on investments in the mobile space. Previously, he was at Hatch Consulting and LECG and performed business development and marketing for Urban Spoils, an early stage startup in the daily deal aggregation space. Paul graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Political Science.

        Yiseul Cho


        Studied at MIT, worked for Facebook and run her own startup in Korea before moving to London. In London she set up a blockchain R&D lab which has worked with major card company, investment bank and remittance startup. From 2016, she works for HSBC as its 1st blockchain team focusing on blockchain data analytics. She also runs the biggest blockchain community group (1850 members) in London focusing on private blockchain technology, and works as partner at Blockchain angel investor group in Korea and specialized ICO marketing company for Korean market.

        Ismail Malik


        He has over 20 years experience in Technology related startups and entrepreneurship covering Asset Management, Cryptocurrencies, Mobile Payments in the City of London and Emerging Markets working with leading firms such as Vodafone, Cellnet and News International. He was the founder of the world’s first Blockchain Lab and first ‘DLT’ company within Level 39 in Canary Wharf (world’s largest Fintech accelerator).

      • JEHAN CHU


        Jehan is a former front-end developer with ten years’ experience in web and enterprise application development. He has been a cryptocurrency investor since 2013, with successful investments including Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, Melonport and acts as Advisor to the Melonport, QTUM and OpenANX. He founded the Ethereum HK community (2014), co-Founded the Bitcoin Association of Hong Kong (2014) and founded the Hyperledger HK community (2016). He was a partner with the KMA on the Blockchain: Surge event, and a Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Council Member. Jehan is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a Masters degree candidate at Hong Kong University (2017).

        Simon Seojoon Kim


        Simon​ ​Kim​​ ​is​ ​a​ ​blockchain​ ​evangelist​ ​and investor.​ ​He​ ​is​ ​the​ ​co-founder​ ​of​ ​Knowre, a​ ​startup​ ​that​ ​was​ ​named​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​top 10​ ​innovative​ ​AI​ ​math​ ​education companies​ ​by​ ​Fast​ ​Company. He​ ​has managed​ ​various​ ​projects​ ​for​ ​10​ ​years​ ​as a​ ​UX​ ​designer. Simon​ ​studied​ ​computer science​ ​and​ ​engineering​ ​at​ ​POSTECH University.

    • Foundation Council
      • KJ Eee

        Foundation Council

        KJ is Founder of Nomad Connection and CEO at DAYLI Intelligence. Nomad Connection is the company behind Zimly, a P2P media service with over 3 million users worldwide. KJ was previously software engineer at the SecureSoft team which developed South Korea's first firewall 'Suhoshin' in 1996. KJ holds a BS in Computer Science from from the Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH).

        Hoon Lee

        Foundation Council

        Hoon was previously Senior Analyst in macroeconomic research and strategic planning at Woori Finance Research Institute, the corporate think-tank at South Korea's Woori Financial Group. Hoon holds a BS in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Ph.D in Management of Technology from Seoul National University.

      • JH Kim

        Foundation Council

        He majored in computer science and engineering at POSTECH University, and has worked in the field of information security for nearly 20 years. He has experience in developing patented applications such as PKI, authentication and security protocol and products applied to embedded environment to enterprise environment in finance, public, and private sector. He holds the CISA qualification and is currently the CEO of theloop, the blockchain specialized company.

        Min Kim

        Foundation Council

        Min brings more than 12 years of experience as corporate director, entrepreneur, investment banker/M&A consultant, VC investor, and mentor to up-and-coming entrepeneurs. Min began his career as Investment Banking Analyst (Tech) at Deutsche Bank, later serving as COO of Tapas Media, the American digital content sales platform. Min has a degree in Business from UC Berkeley.

      • Jay Kim

        Foundation Council

        Jay holds BAs in Political Science and Philosophy from Korea University. As CPA at PwC Consulting for over 10 years, Jay was a specialist in strategy and IT operations for leading financial institutions. Jay is now CFO at theloop, a blockchain developer based in Seoul.

        Guido Schmitz-Krummacher

        Foundation Council

        Guido Schmitz-Krummacher is our Board Member based in Switzerland. He has worked for 25 years for SME in MD, Board or CEO positions. Guido joined the crypto-industry a year ago and is an interchain of different crypto foundations and companies.

    • Blockchain Department (Technology)
      • Jay Park

        Chief Technology Officer

        Jay has a BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering from the Pohang University of Science and Technology. He has developed embedded software for eye examination equipment, transmission control systems for Korean cable television, artificial intelligence-based smart factory systems, as well as various other programs at the enterprise level. Jay brings to ICON a deep knowledge of high-performance scalable service design on public cloud environments. At ICON, Jay leads the development of pioneering services coupling blockchain technology with artificial intelligence.

        Yongjin Kim

        Lead SW Engineer

        Yongjin is an experienced embedded software engineer with skills in http and rtsp video streaming on home networks. Yongjin is an engineer with ICON's DApp team, and has a degree in computer science.

        Junghwan Ahn

        Senior SW Engineer

        Junghwan majored in computer science at university and has more than 10 years experience developing iOS and SDK. He is deeply interested in new technologies and aim to implement various services based on blockchain technology.

        Inwon Kim

        SW Engineer

        Inwon is an experienced web programmer with a background in computer science. At ICON, Inwon is front-end engineer for our DApp service.

        Seonmi Back

        SW Engineer

        Seonmi has been involved in back-end engineering for ICON's U-Coin and DApp service. Seonmi has a degree in network engineering.

        Heizel Kim

        SW Engineer

        Heizel majored in computer science and engineering. She participated in various projects including Network Management, Business Process Management platforms. She was fascinated by blockchain's vision and is currently involved in developing loopchain to implement its vision.

        Jiyun Park

        SW Engineer

        Jiyun studied economics at Korea University before going through programming bootcamp. Jiyun develops our loopchain engine.

      • Jinho Yoo

        Lead SW Engineer

        He has experience in medical field, 3D construction and game engine design with background of computer vision, computer graphics and machine learning. He has been studying how to operate an effective software engineering team by Agile coach, and is now leading the design and implementation of core modules for loopchain.

        Hyunkoo Shin

        Lead SW Engineer

        He majored in mathematics at university and graduate school. In particular, he has been devoted to cryptography. He's been working in a PKI company for the last 10 years and performed a wide range of tasks from developing a cryptographic library to developing a PKI service. Currently, he is building the best smart contracts that can seamlessly connect the blockchain and the real world in theloop, the blockchain specialized company.

        Jungsang Yoo

        SW Engineer

        Jungsang majored in computer science at university and participated in Android development and AP connection stabilization projects. His goal is to develop and further enhance products from various perspectives based on the blockchain technology.

        Jinhyun Kim

        SW Engineer

        Jinhyun studied Media Arts at Tokyo Polytechnic University and completed a master's in cognitive sciences at Yonsei University. An enthusiast in improving user interfaces and experience, Jinhyun designs the front-end of our website and DApp service.

        Yongjae Lee

        Senior SW Engineer

        Yongjae is a software engineer at Nomad Connection, where he has worked on a trading messenger, building automation server, and SK Telecom's integrated anti-phising service. Yongjae is a back-end specialist for our U-Coin and Wibee Coin services.

        Daehee Kim

        Senior SW Engineer

        Daehee has been involved in numerous projects across mobile services, games, game design, and 3D graphics. Trained in media and computer engineering, Daehee is passionate about building a blockchain ecosystem.

      • Byeongkil Sohn

        Lead SW Engineer

        He has a bachelor's and a master's degree in computer science and software engineering. He started his career with network engine development using IOCP and experienced various network server development such as game, service, BaaS platform. He has a lot of experience and interest in Agile methodologies such as Extreme Programming and Scrum.

        Chiwon Cho

        Lead SW Engineer

        Chiwon brings a broad knowledge of current programming languages and platforms. At ICON, Chiwon is lead software engineer for our loopchain's SCORE component. Chiwon has a degree in computer science.

        Hyunjong Lee

        SW Engineer

        Before joining ICON, Hyunjong developed server-side HTS applications and managed technical operations of international derivatives transactions at a leading securities firm. Hyunjong is currently working on smart contract applications of blockchain technology.

        Hongsoo Lee

        Senior SW Engineer

        Hongsoo is an experienced web programmer with a background in network engineering. At ICON, Hongsoo has been a core member of our U-Coin and DApp projects.

        Sanghoo Park

        SW Engineer

        Sanghoo holds a BS in computer science and MS in Management of Technology from Yonsei University. A specialist in HCI/UX design, Sanghoo has been involved with the front-end of our core services including the ICONex wallet and ICON Tracker.

        DJ Kim

        QA Engineer

        Dongjin is our Software QA Engineer, and executes test runs to improve the integrity of our loopchain engine. Dongjin holds a degree in Computer Science from UC Davis.

    • Blockchain Department (Business)
      • HangJin Kim

        Chief Business Officer

        Participated in 1st IPO of Information Security Business Industry and  M&A of 3 listed companies in Kosdaq. He has the information security operation experience for approx 2800 sites. He is qualified by CISA, and ISO 27001 Leading Auditor and received his MBA from State Univ of NY at Stony Brook.

        Amy Jung

        Country Manager - China

        Amy studies the application of blockchain technology to both domestic and international markets, and leads our China business development and communications at DAYLI Intelligence. Amy holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Seoul National University.

        Flora Kim

        Product Manager

        Flora joins us from KB Financial Group, where she was involved in planning and marketing of foreign exchange (FX) products, in addition to a secondment at KB's corporate task force on international fintech business model development and operations. Flora is currently Project Manager (PM) at DAYLI Intelligence, leading development of a blockchain authentication service in partnership with a global savings bank. Flora holds an MBA from Sungkyunkwan University.

        Sunghyun Kim

        Product Manager

        Sunghyun brings experience in strategic online partnerships and infrastructure planning at a leading South Korean financial services firm. At ICON, Sunghyun is Product Manager covering loopchain-driven business modeling with a focus on our DApp service. Sunghyun holds a BA in Public Administration from Korea University.

      • Henry Hyunil Lee

        Head of Global Business

        Henry leads ICON's global business and is responsible for global strategy, investor relations, and partnership. Previously, he worked in Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank and performed M&A advisory services. Henry graduated from the George Washington University with a BA in Business.

        YG Lim

        Project Manager

        YG is Product Manager for ICON'S DApp service, and was manager of strategic partnerships and online sales strategy at a leading South Korean financial services firm. YG has a BA in Economics from Korea University.

        James Choi

        Project Manager

        After graduating Sungkyunkwan University as a batchlor in business administration and MBA course, he worked in KEB bank as a specialist for Foreing Exchange and Project Financing. Worked with many local and global asset management firms, and worked in Hana Finicial Group's Global strategy Team in M&A projects. Currently is working in the Global Business Team.

        Minkyu Lee

        Product Manager

        Minkyu holds a degree in statistics from Seoul National University, and was Data Analyst for customer analytics and business planning at a leading financial services firm. Minkyu manages operations of the ‘Korea Financial Investment Blockchain Consortium’ in addition to various business development efforts across the ICON platform.

      • John Minkoo Kim

        Country Manager - Japan

        Minkoo is Country Manager for Japan and Global Business Strategist at theloop. Prior to ICON, Minkoo started his career as Investment Banking Analyst at Mizuho Securities (Japan), and was Global Business Strategist at A.TEAM Ventures, a South Korean tech startup. Minkoo has a BA in Commerce from Waseda University.

        Nathan Kim

        Project Manager

        He has conducted a number of business consulting services to major domestic financial institutions at KPMG and EY, Global Consulting Firm. Currently, he is working on a number of blockchain projects at the 'financial investment consortium' secretariat and is involved in the overall blockchain business.

        Jiyoung Lee

        Project Manager

        Jiyoung studied French Language & Literature and International Relations at Seoul National University. Since joining ICON as business strategist Jiyoung now manages planning and development of ICON's DApp service.

    • AI Department
      • Sunghwan Kim

        AI Department Leader

        He majored in information and communication engineering at KAIST's graduate school and graduate school. He has over 10 years experience in data analysis and development. Specifically, he had experienced in embedded systems, IoT, autonomous vehicles, simulation software, and big data processing systems. Currently, he is interested in artificial intelligence, focusing on natural language processing and data engineering.

        Seok Heo

        AI Developer

        He majored in computer science at KAIST. He has participated in projects such as Big Data Collection and Analysis Platform, Credit Rating Report System, Financial Products Crawling and Data Providing System. Currently he is the CTO of Leevi, an artificial intelligence specialized company.

        Jun Jang

        Data Consultant

        Chemical engineer by training, Jun is currently Data Consultant at Leevi, a specialist start-up in artificial intelligence (AI). Jun is an expert in applying big data tools to marketing, research, and policy analysis. Jun holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University.

      • Soohwan Park

        AI Director

        An expert in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP), Soohwan is Co-CEO of Leevi, an AI/NLP specialist subsidiary. Soohwan has developed AI-based robot customer service systems for leading Korean financial service institutions, and now focuses his efforts on blockchain-based DApp and other service innovations. Soohwan holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science from the Korea Advanced Institute of Technology (KAIST) and Seoul National University.

        ST Kwon

        Data Engineer

        He majored in information and communication engineering at KAIST. He has participated in various projects including Big Data's real-time collection and analysis platform project, and online financial big data portal platform based on data mining and natural language analysis. Currently, he is the project manager of Leevi, an artificial intelligence company.

        Sungmin Yoon

        Business Analyst

        Sungmin is Business Analyst at Leevi, a specialist start-up in artificial intelligence (AI). Sungmin applies unstructured data analytics to marketing, policy analysis, and credit analysis. Sungmin has degrees in business and art theory.

      • Myungwon Kim

        Data Consultant

        Myungwon has a Ph.D. in Applied Econometrics from Seoul National University. Prior to ICON, Myungwon was a credit and risk management consultant at a leading South Korean credit ratings agency. Myungwon is looking to leverage his research experience in monetary policy, credit ratings, and big data analytics in studying the economic systems implications of blockchain technology.

        SY Kim

        Product Manager

        She conducted company analysis, mid / long term strategy and strategic planning work in famous IT companies. She is interested in the new value that artificial intelligence will bring, and is currently doing artificial intelligence business in DAYLI Intelligence. She studied mathematics at McGill University and studied Finance MBA at Korea University.

    • Design/Communication/Security
      • Unsik Byun

        UX Design Department Leader

        Prior to ICON, Unsik was Senior Designer and UX Architect at Samsung Electronics. Unsik holds a BA and MA in design. Unsik is currently co-CEO at DANF, a specialist in UX design.

        Joon Heo

        Security Department Manager

        He majored in information and communication engineering and has experience in building various enterprise infrastructures in media, broadcasting, portal, and financial services. Also, he has experience in building and launching hybrid / private cloud services, and is interested in Infrastructure for micro service & automation technology. Currently he is creating an infrastructure that can optimize loopchain for the enterprise environment.

        JooHee Park

        Finance Manager

        She has been working for many years in the finance team of companies and has experience in listing KOSDAQ. She is in charge of financial accounting in the ICON team. She majored in accounting and economics at the university and is currently studying at Sogang University, Graduate school of Technology management.

      • Gail Kang

        Communication Department Leader

        After receiving a bachelor's degree in Communication Design from Pratt Institute in New York, and a master's degree in visual design from Seoul National University, she started her career in the field of brand consulting. She has been involved in branding and marketing for 14 years in various industries including F&B, fashion, entertainment, and finance. She is currently the leader of branding and marketing department in the ICON project.

        Mingyeong Song

        Design Department Manager

        She majored in visual design and graduated with a masters degree in video design. She conducted various mobile / web UI / GUI design tasks in various projects. Currently, she is the manager of the design part of the ICON project.

        Hyeonjeong Lee

        Operations Manager

        Hyeonjeong has been in theloop with her interest in the IT field and has been in charge of operations and contract management. Now she is in charge of the overall operation of the ICON team.

      • Kyungmin Chun

        Security Department Leader

        He majored in computer science and engineering at university and is an expert in information security and has accumulated a wealth of field engineer experience in various fields such as public, e-commerce, and finance. Currently, he is the leader of information security department based on his understanding of business characteristics and technology in the field of fintech.

        Yunsik Shin

        General Affairs Manager

        He majored in public administration at university. He has worked in the IT industry for many years and has been in charge of HR affairs including recruiting / evaluation.

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