Based on the study results and numerous published research papers in KAIST, Dr. Min-Hwa Lee established S. Korea’s first venture company, Medison Co., Ltd. in 1985, which has grown into a global medical equipment company. Through this experience, he promoted and contributed on the establishment of more than 30 medical companies accounting for 70% of S. Korea’s medical equipment exports.
He played a leading role in founding Korea Venture Business Association in 1995 and announced the Vision 2005. He also paved the way for venture companies to flourish in S. Korea by enacting special law on venture companies, establishing KOSDAQ, and initiating various venture policies including stock option, venture building and laboratory business start-up. In addition, he wrote a number of books such as Han-Business Management, The history of S. Korea Venture Industry, How to Become a Country with Venture Superpower in 21st Century, Beyond Bio-Enterprise, and he contributed to keep the pride of S. Korean software while leading the campaign to save ‘Hangul’.
The awards he has received include Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit, Silver and Iron Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit from S. Korea Government, Small and Medium Business CEO Award, Korea Management Award and Korea Engineering Technology Award.
Since 1998, he has been a chairman of Small and Medium Business Committee, Regulatory Reform Committee, Presidential Commission on Judicial Reform, KAIST Alumni Association and has contributed to the vitalization of venture sharing activities. He was also Selected as one of 2007 Top 60 Engineers in S. Korea.
Recently, he has advocated Eurasian Network movement as S. Korea’s strategy to become a developed country, and with the respect to the movement he established Eurasian Network Association. and is supporting the Eurasian humanities research and study of the Humanities Institute.
In 2008, he proposed ‘Venture 2.0’ movement for a new leap forward of venture business with the belief that it would be a dynamic force for S. Korea’s growth, and he has been leading the projects related to venture biotope, fair trade, M&A market.
On July 23rd, 2009, Dr. Min-Hwa Lee was appointed the first ombudsman at Office of the Small and Medium Business Ombudsman whose foundation was part of the government’s deregulation policy. While fulfilling his duty as the ombudsman, he worked on finding out unnecessary regulations that needed to be changed and eliminating unreasonable regulations.
On February 17th 2011, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy launched the ‘Korea Digital Hospital Export Agency (KOHEA)’, a private-run organization dedicated to exporting digital hospital package. Dr. Min-Hwa Lee became the first chairman of KOHEA and is currently still serving.
On June 5th, 2013, Dr. Min-Hwa Lee has established the Creative Economy Research Society to plan the civilian future of S. Korea.
Dr. Min-Hwa Lee is teaching entrepreneurship and venture as a visiting professor at KAIST University and is also supervising the nurturing of young gifted entrepreneurs.
< Education and Career >
1969. 03 1972. 02 Seoul Chungang High School
1982. 03 1986. 02 Ph. D. of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
1985. 07 2001. 10 CEO of Medison Co., Ltd.
2006. 07 2009. 04 Chairman of Technology Transfer Center
2008. 10 Now Chairman of Eurasian Network Corp.
2009. 06 Now Visiting professor at KAIST
2009. 07 2010. 11 Ombudsman at Office of the Small and Medium Business Office
2011. 02 Now Chairman of Korea Digital Hospital Export Agency
2013. 06- Now Chairman of Creative Economy Research Society
< Awards >
1997. 11. 30 Gold Tower Order of Industrial Service Merit
1999. 06. 07 CEO of Korea Award from Korea Management Association
1999. 06. 11 Asia Week 20 Leaders for the Millennium in Asia
2006 .11 Top 60 Engineers in S. Korea
2010. 12. Top 100 Engineers in S. Korea
2015. Top 70 Entrepreneur in Korean History
< Books >
<Han-Business Management> Min-Hwa Lee, Jang-Woo Lee, Young-Sa Lee, 1994
< How to Become a Country with Venture Superpower in 21st Century > Min-Hwa Lee, Kwang-Hyung Lee, Young-sa Lee, 2000.03
< The History of S. Korea Venture Industry > Min-Hwa Lee, Myung-Soo Kim, Young-Sa Kim, 2000.9
< Super Life Enterprise> Min-Hwa Lee, Jang-Woo Lee, Young-Sa Kim, 2000.09
<Life Management> Min-Hwa Lee, Jang-Woo Lee, Young-Sa Kim,
<Life Enterprise> Min-Hwa Lee, Jang-Woo Lee, Young-Sa Kim, 2000
< Eurasian Network, the Way to Smart Korea > 2010. 10. 17
<Homo mobilians> Min-Hwa Lee, Book Concert 2012
<Unfinished Challenge> Min-Hwa Lee, Book Concert 2012
<Creative Economy> Min-Hwa Lee, Doo-Won Cha, Book Concert 2013
<Entrepreneurship2.0> Min-Hwa Lee, 2015
<4th industrial revolution> Min-Hwa Lee, 2016