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  Register for May 6 GAP - Imports/Exports: Korean Consumer Products & Business

The Global Access Program (GAP), now in its 7th year, was designed to accelerate the entry of export-ready businesses to global markets. This year's focus is on select markets in Singapore, South Korea and the Philippines. This year, we are taking the program virtual. Held via Zoom, participants of each session will have an interactive experience at no-cost including:

  • Advice from global industry experts and leaders
  • Breakout forums for more personal connections and business matches
  • Opportunity to see & showcase products
  • Exposure to resources, preliminary consultation & customized basic research

All registrants also receive regular updates on global business opportunities, access to business development directory and exclusive event invites organized by CGM's all new PartnerConnect, an initiative aimed at increasing connections or collaborations to help U.S. enterprises succeed globally. We can also assist with government grant applications through partners listed below. 

GAP May 6 Event

Imports/Exports: Korean Consumer Products & Business

GAP Agenda - May 6, 2021 l 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Time Agenda Item
5:20 p.m.

Event Preview & Moderation:

5:30 p.m.                               

GAP Introduction
Dr. Vipin Gupta, Co-Director, CSUSB Center for Global Management
Dr. Frank Lin, Co-Director, CSUSB Center for Global Management

5:35 p.m.  

Keynote: Business in Korea Overview

Consul Sungsoo Son

Consul Sungsoo Son l Korean Consul and Customs Attaché in Los Angeles
Mr. Son currently serves as a Korean consul and Customs attaché in Los Angeles. He is in charge of trade and economic issues in his office. He held several seminars for helping the Korean business community and has consulted many international corporations for doing business in Korea as well as US. He graduated from the economics department of Seoul National University and the public policy department of Rutgers University graduate school. And he began his public career in the Korea Customs Service in 2001. Prior, he worked as Director of Audit Policy Division, Corporate Audit Division, FTA Cooperation Division, Origin Verification Division, and Foreign Exchange Investigation Division of the headquarter of Korea Customs Service.

Opening Remarks:

Peter Seo, Chief Representative of Gyeongnam Representative Office in LA 

Michael Uhm,  Director of Gyeongnam Representative Office in LA 


5:50 p.m.  

 Discussion With Business Leaders Moderated By:
Sarita JacksonDr. Sarita Jackson, Owner, president and CEO, Global Research Institute of International Trade (GRIIT), a U.S. based think-tank and consulting firm helps companies increase revenues through competitive exports via up-to-date, data-driven, customized market research and strategy development. Dr. Jackson is also an author, TEDx speaker, and a business school instructor. She received her B.A. degree in broadcast journalism and Spanish from the University of Southern California and earned a Ph.D. in political science (emphasis on international political economy) from Brown University.


Janet Burt, Foreign Direct Investment Advisor for Gyeongnam Province/Celina Lee, Manager for Gyeongnam Province Representative Office Los Angeles  - Food products from Miryang City

Mike Lee, Chief Medical Administrator for 360 Clinic – Healthcare product (Celltrion)

Esther Song , CEO of SNP Bio – Cosmetics

6:30 p.m.





Accelerating Business - Tips From the Experts Moderated by: 

Luis JimenezLuis Jimenez, president of the OC Regulatory Affairs group and Vice President of Business Development for Brandwood CKC
Luis Jimenez serves as the Vice President of Business Development for BrandwoodCKC and is the current President of OCRA (Orange County Regulatory Affairs). His experience includes operations, quality control in cGMP manufacturing, regulatory affairs for manufacturing, design engineering, technology transfer and project management within a start-up and large corporations such as Johnson & Johnson and Express Scripts. Luis’s background includes Chemical Engineering, Cum Laude with focuses on Computer Science and Economics, and an MBA with Academic Excellence. His trajectory in diverse health-related companies including building a class III medical device bio-tech company from the bottom-up provides him with hands-on experience solving the challenges of navigating regulatory approvals. Luis is passionate about the juncture between life sciences innovation, entrepreneurship, and regulatory frameworks

Chris LynchChristopher Lynch is a global business thought leader and founder of the International Business Accelerator (IBA). An economist by training, he was a career US Foreign Service Officer, dealing with economic and business policy issues in Washington DC and at five US Embassies in Europe and Latin America. His last post was as US Consul General to Hamburg, where he was the senior US Government representative in northern Germany. After returning to the US, Mr. Lynch has focused on local economic development and entrepreneurship. He has mentored more than 200 startups through business incubators, accelerators and small business development programs. He currently heads the Community Vitalization Council and was previously VP for Economic Development at the Irvine and Santa Rosa Chambers of Commerce in California. He founded the International Business Accelerator in 2016. He is an adjunct professor of International Business at Golden Gate University and of economics at Long Beach City College. He speaks fluent German and Spanish.

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