Next year’s U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion will take place in Hong Kong on May 24–25, 2019.

The ninth annual U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion took place in Seoul, Korea, on May 25–26, 2018, at The Westin Chosun Seoul. Alumni and friends from a dozen countries attended the reunion. In addition to receptions, a luncheon, and a school/college-oriented dinner, the reunion featured afternoon presentations on a range of topics, with discussions led by preeminent faculty members and deans.

Pan-Asia is an annual event open to all U-M alumni, family, and friends. Alumni generally attend to connect with each other, renew friendships, and reignite the Michigan spirit while learning how to engage more deeply with U-M. Started by a small group of friends in Singapore who simply wanted to remain connected to each other, the gathering has turned into a major U-M event that celebrates our alumni and donors in the region.

Past events were held in Singapore (2010 and 2015), Shanghai (2011 and 2017), Seoul (2012 and 2018), Taipei (2013), Hong Kong (2014), and Tokyo (2016).

Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion: Seoul 2018

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Friday, May 25

The Westin Chosun Seoul
106 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul, South Korea 04533

19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception

Saturday, May 26

The Westin Chosun Seoul
106 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul, South Korea 04533

12:00 – 13:15 Pan-Asia Luncheon

13:30 – 14:30 Session #1

  • The Experts’ Perspective: Korea, China, Japan and the United States
  • A Conversation on Leadership

14:30 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:00 Session #2

  • Genomics and Cancer: Frontlines in the Battle
  • Digital Economy and Fintech in the Age of Industry 4.0


17:00 – 17:05 Post-conversation remarks

17:10 – 18:30 Closing Reception

19:00 SCU Dinners

  • LSA Alumni Dinner – RSVP
  • Ross Alumni Dinner – RSVP
  • Law Alumni Dinner – RSVP

#1 The Experts’ Perspective: Korea, China, Japan and the United States

Hear from experts on the current and expanding economic, political, and social relations between prominent Asian nations and the United States.


  • Andrew Martin – Dean, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts


  • Jae Ho Chung (PhD ’93) – Professor of Political Science and International Relations, Seoul National University
  • Hosup Kim (PhD ’87) – Professor of International Relations, Chung-Ang University
  • Nojin Kwak – Chair and Professor, Department of Communication Studies; Director, Nam Center for Korean Studies

#2 A Conversation on Leadership

A noted expert on leadership, Scott DeRue, Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, will speak with alumni who have become respected leaders in the Korean business community about their experiences.


  • Scott DeRue, Edward J. Frey Dean of Business, Stephen M. Ross School of Business


  • Ian Huh (PhD ’00) – Senior Vice President, Head of Solutions Business Division, SK Telecom
  • Luke Kang (AB ’95) – Executive Vice President and Managing Director, North Asia Walt Disney International Ltd.
  • Choon-Peng NG (MBA ‘04) – Co-Founder, CEO at immunoSCAPE Pte Ltd.

#3 Genomics and Cancer: Frontlines in the Battle

In a time when the healthcare industry is rapidly changing, U-M is at the forefront, bringing new research, wellness strategies, and tools for developing more personalized treatments. Hear from U-M leaders about these advances and more.


  • Arul Chinnaiyan (BS ’92, PhD ’99, MD ’99) – S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology Professor, Urology Director, Michigan Center for Translational Pathology Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Marschall Runge – Dean, University of Michigan Medical School; Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Michigan; CEO, Michigan Medicine
  • Alec Gallimore – Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Engineering

#4 Digital Economy and Fintech in the Age of Industry 4.0

Many companies in Asia are leading the world’s technological advances in commerce, banking, and finance. In this session, hear about the latest technology integrated into the business industry.


  • Joanna Millunchick – Associate Dean, College of Engineering; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Materials Science and Engineering


  • Neela Badami (LLM ’08) – Partner, Samvad Partners
  • Shilpak Mahadkar (MBA ’04) – PayPal Asia
  • Sean Park (MBA ’04) – Marketing Director, YouTube Asia Pacific and Global Access at Google

Speaker Bios

Alec Gallimore

To Alec Gallimore, it is rocket science.

At the University of Michigan, he is the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering, the Richard F. and Eleanor A. Towner Professor of Aerospace Engineering, and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, an honor for the university’s top undergraduate teachers.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he received both his master’s and doctoral degrees from Princeton University.
He co-founded ElectroDynamic Applications, Inc., a high-tech engineering firm in Ann Arbor.

In 1993, he received the NASA Faculty Fellows Award, and in 2004, he received recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Academia from the National GEM Consortium.

He has also won multiple awards at U-M, including the Faculty Fellowship Award, the Trudy Heubner Service Excellence Award, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award, and the Faculty Career Development Award.

Gallimore has published numerous articles in professional journals, holds three patents, and serves on various committees and advisory boards. He is also a Fellow at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, among other professional honor societies.

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin is the dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA); and a professor of political science and statistics who teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, and he received his doctoral degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

An expert on judicial decision-making, he co-created the widely used Martin-Quinn Scores, which help gauge the range of ideologies held by Supreme Court justices. He also co-wrote the book, An Introduction to Empirical Legal Research.

As dean of LSA, Martin emphasizes the importance of scholarships, experiential-learning opportunities like internships and study abroad, and increased access and inclusion for all students. He also makes efforts to connect with students on a personal level via social media and informal gatherings on campus.

Choon-Peng NG

Mr. Ng Choon Peng (Choon) is the Co-Founder / CEO of immunoSCAPE Pte Ltd. immunoSCAPE provides immune profiling services to drug development companies and research groups focused on developing immunotherapy for cancer, infectious diseases, and autoimmune diseases. immunoSCAPE is closing its Series A funding and is deepening its penetration into the global market, with special focus on the US and Japan.

Previously, Choon was the Senior Director of the PharmBio cluster in A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) responsible for formulating Singapore’s Biomedical Research strategy. Choon has an interest to commercialize technology developed by A*STAR’s research institutes.

Prior to this, he was CEO Asia for LEO Pharma, a multinational pharmaceutical company headquartered in Denmark. He doubled the business of LEO in 15 Asian countries by breaking new ground in key countries and pushing for professionalism in key functional areas.

Choon Peng started his career in the Biopharmaceutical Industry in Johnson and Johnson in the US after his MBA. In Asia, he then rose through the ranks as International Product Manager, Director Sales and Marketing, and Country Manager. Prior to healthcare, Choon Peng was a combat officer in the Army.

Choon started two other companies: Tembusu Healthcare that distributes allergy, respiratory, and dermatology products across Asia, and earlier, CrysBio that provides downstream bioprocessing for antibodies in a cheaper and faster way.

Choon holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and completed Executive Education at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. He received a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics under the Singapore Armed Forces Merit Scholarship. At Ross, Choon was nominated by his peers to receive the Frank Moran Leadership Award for outstanding leadership. He is happily married with a 14-year-old daughter.

Dong-Yeon Kim

Dr. Dong-Yeon Kim currently serves as Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategy and Finance, a role he has held since being appointed by President Moon Jae-in in June 2017. His distinguished career in government and academia has included leadership positions as President of Ajou University (2015-17), Minister for Government Policy Coordination at the Prime Minister’s Office (2013-15), Vice Minister for Ministry of Strategy and Finance (2012-13), and Head of Budget Office (2010-12). In addition to his extensive service, Dr. Kim has published a book and numerous papers and policy reports on collective decision-making in the public sector, public finance, and trade policies. Dr. Kim earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Michigan as a Fulbright Scholar. He was also a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, and worked at the World Bank as a project manager (2002-05).

Dr. Arul Chinnaiyan

Dr. Chinnaiyan’s research expertise is in functional genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatics approaches to study cancer for the purposes of understanding cancer biology as well as to discover clinical biomarkers. The landmark study from his lab was the discovery of TMPRSS2-ETS gene fusions in prostate cancer in 2005. This finding redefined the molecular basis of prostate cancer as well as other common epithelial cancers. He also led the development of the popular cancer profiling bioinformatics resource called Oncomine (hosting over 20,000 registered users from over 30 countries and serving 16 of the 20 top oncology biopharma).

Most recently, he has been involved in developing high-throughput clinical sequencing approaches for precision oncology (i.e., MI-ONCOSEQ). This has led to a number of discoveries, including the pathognomonic gene fusion for solitary fibrous tumor (SFT), diverse targetable gene fusions of FGFR across a diverse array of common solid tumors, and identification of activating mutations in ESR1 that are a key mechanism in acquired endocrine resistance in breast cancer therapy. Moreover, the mutational landscape of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer and diverse adult and pediatric cancers have been analyzed through this study.

Recently, his team carried out a comprehensive molecular analysis of metastatic solid tumors of diverse lineage and biopsy site from 500 adult patients (MET500 cohort) by performing clinical-grade integrative whole exome (tumor/normal) and transcriptome sequencing. Results of this study demonstrated that integrative sequence analysis provides clinically relevant, multidimensional view of the complex molecular landscape and microenvironment of metastatic cancers. The manuscript presenting the analysis of the MET500 cohort was published in Nature and featured on the cover of the journal.

Dr. Chinnaiyan’s lab has also been devoting considerable effort toward understanding the role of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) and exploring their clinical potential. One of the lncRNAs that has been extensively studied in the lab, SChLAP1, was associated with a higher risk for biochemical recurrence, metastases, death from prostate cancer, and death from any cause at 10 years after prostatectomy. They showed that non-invasive detection of SChLAP1 in urine is feasible and are currently developing SChLAP1 as a clinical biomarker.

Dr. Marschall Runge

Dr. Marschall Runge has been the executive vice president for medical affairs and chief executive officer (CEO) of Michigan Medicine since March 2015. He has also served as dean of the Medical School since January 2016.

After graduating with bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Vanderbilt University, he earned his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed a cardiology fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital and subsequently served on the faculty at Harvard University.

Before coming to Michigan, Runge was executive dean for the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and he also served as the principal investigator and director of the National Institutes of Health-funded North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute.

A physician-scientist his entire career, Runge focuses on combining translational research with patient care and education.

He has authored over 200 publications and holds five patents for innovative approaches to healthcare.

Hosup Kim

Hosup Kim is Professor, Dept. of Politics and International Relations, Chung-Ang University, since 1992. He teaches mainly International Relations Theory, Policy Studies, and Japanese Politics. He was on leave of university for 2 years 2015-17 for serving as president of the Northeast Asian History Foundation. He also served as the president of the Korean Political Science Association (2012) and as a vice president of Chung-Ang University (2013-14).

Dr. Kim stayed in Japan for about 4 years, mainly affiliated as a visiting researcher and visiting professor at the Faculty of Law, Keio University. He stayed at the SIPA, Columbia University, July 1999 to July 2000 as a visiting fellow. He worked as a research fellow at Sejong Institute from October 1989 to February 1992.

Dr. Kim’s main research interest is in the decision-making process of Korean foreign policy, the relationship between Korea and Japan, and Japanese foreign relations. He published a number of articles about the topics, including “Evaluation of President Roh, Moo-Hyun’s Policy toward Japan” (2005) and “The role of political leadership in the formation of Korea-Japan relationship in the post-cold war era” (2011). He also co-authored three books (in Korean) about Korean foreign relations.

Dr. Hosup Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Seoul National University, and a PhD from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), 1987.

Ian Huh

Ian Huh is leading the IoT/Data business of the SK Telecom, which is one of the four business divisions of the company. SK Telecom is the #1 mobile network operator in South Korea with more than 25M service and solution subscribers.

His main responsibility is to manage the company’s growth business by providing the value of digital transformation to customers, leveraging the leading-edge technologies in the field of IoT, Big Data, and advanced network. He also plays a pivotal role to establish the company’s technology development roadmap and generating synergy within other SK affiliated companies such as SK Hynix and SK C&C.

Before joining SK Telecom, he worked at Samsung Electronics’ semiconductor businesses, where he managed several product lines such as Mobile Application Processor / Modem, Flash Memory, and Solid State Drives. He also worked as a product innovation specialist at Samsung Electronics’ Global Marketing Operation office.

Ian holds a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he spent long hours at automotive factories to find the way to reduce the ramp-up time by collecting and analyzing the operation data from the numerous machines. He also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in engineering from the Seoul National University, Korea.

Jack Hu

As vice president for research, Hu has overall responsibility for nurturing the excellence and integrity of research across the entire U-M campus. He oversees the U-M Office of Research, which promotes interdisciplinary research, develops and implements research policy, provides central administrative services in support of faculty research, innovation and economic outreach, and manages activities related to compliance and the responsible conduct of research.

Dr. Hu’s teaching and research interests include manufacturing systems design and operations, assembly modeling, and statistical quality methods. He is the recipient of various awards, including the SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, ASME William T. Ennor Manufacturing Technology Award, SME/NAMRI Research Implementation Award, the College of Engineering Research Excellence Award, and several best paper awards. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP). He served as the Editor in Chief of Journal of Manufacturing Systems from 2008 to 2013. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2015 and was elected as a Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2017.


Jae Ho CHUNG is a professor of international relations and director of the Program on US-China Relations at Seoul National University. Professor Chung is the author or editor of 18 books, including Central Control and Local Discretion in China (Oxford University Press, 2000), Between Ally and Partner (Columbia University Press, 2007), and Centrifugal Empire (Columbia University Press, 2016). Dr. Chung is the founding coordinator of the Asian Network for the Study of Local China. He is also a recipient of Seoul National University’s Best Researcher Award in 2009 and of Korean Association for International Studies’ Best Book Award in 2012.

Joanna Millunchick

Joanna Mirecki Millunchick, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of Michigan. Associate Dean Millunchick oversees curriculum development, assessment, teaching, and pedagogy; first-year courses; and cross-disciplinary academic programs. These programs include international programs, technical communications, team projects, the multidisciplinary design program, and honors and engagement.

A key focus of her deanship centers on engaging faculty, staff, and students around experiential learning and how to leverage these types of activities to attract traditionally underrepresented groups to the STEM fields.

Associate Dean Millunchick received her Bachelors of Science in Physics from DePaul University and her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. Her engineering research interests involve manipulating matter on the nanoscale in order to enable the design of new electronic materials for optoelectronic applications. Currently, she is working on developing nanoscale materials and novel semiconductor alloys for solid-state lighting and energy-harvesting applications.

For the past several years, Millunchick has also conducted engineering education research, most recently to develop Augmented and Virtual Reality modules to improve students’ understanding of crystallography. Associate Dean Millunchick received several awards, including the Provost’s Teaching Innovation Prize (2012) and the Raymond J. and Monica E. Schultz Outreach & Diversity Award (2015), both from the University of Michigan. In 2016, she was awarded the Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education and a demonstrable impact on the intellectual development and lives of her students.

Luke Kang

In 2017, Luke Kang was appointed Executive Vice President & Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company (TWDC), North Asia, overseeing all of Disney’s businesses in the North Asia region (Greater China, Japan, and Korea) and is charged with driving the strategy and growth of the Company in the world’s most dynamic region.

From 2014-2017, Mr. Kang held the role of Executive Vice President & Managing Director, TWDC, Greater China. Under his leadership, Mr. Kang has led the team through significant organizational and strategic change to achieve consistent record growth across all business segments. In 2016/2017, Disney was the number one foreign studio at the Chinese box office, releasing more films than any other studio with five record-breaking movies exceeding the highly coveted RMB1Billion box office target, and Consumer Products grew exponentially to become one of the largest markets outside of the United States. The team expanded its digital media presence, and through an elevated local creative focus, the organization successfully expanded its reach into new cities and to new consumer groups across Greater China. Such is the growth and local appeal of Disney achieved under his leadership, that the Company now finds itself at the center of the regional consumer economy.

In 2014, Mr. Kang moved to TWDC in China as Managing Director, Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive, Greater China. He managed two key business units inclusive of Consumer Products, Disney Stores China, Publishing, E-Commerce, and Disney Interactive, which included mobile, online, gaming, and all franchise marketing.

Mr. Kang first joined Disney in 2011 as Managing Director, TWDC South Korea. Responsible for driving the Company’s strategy, coordinating all Disney business efforts, overseeing Disney global franchises in the market, expanding existing businesses, and seeking out new opportunities, Mr. Kang was extremely successful in creating tremendous growth for the Korea business.

Prior to joining Disney, he held various senior management roles with Viacom/MTV Networks in Asia Pacific, Monitor Group Asia Pacific Region, and the Ministry of Finance & Economy of the Republic of Korea as well as startups in both Silicon Valley and Asia.

Mr. Kang holds a Master of Science degree in management as a Sloan Fellow from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan.

Mark West

Mark West is the 17th dean and the Nippon Life Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He is one of the leading American scholars of the Japanese legal system.

Dean West joined the Michigan Law faculty in 1998. Before entering academia, he practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and Tokyo.

Michael J. Solomon

Michael J. Solomon is the interim dean of Rackham Graduate School and the interim vice-provost for academic affairs-graduate studies at U-M. He is a professor of chemical engineering and a professor of macromolecular science and engineering, and he has been a member of the Michigan faculty since 1997.

From January 2013 to June 2017, he served as an associate dean of Rackham, where he focused on academic programs and initiatives—including working with the school’s faculty-led, cross-campus initiative on graduate student mentoring—in addition to his work with programs in engineering and the physical sciences.

Solomon has received the College of Engineering 1938E Award (2002), the University of Michigan Henry Russel Award (2003), the U-M ASEE Outstanding Professor of the Year Award (2006), Rackham’s Faculty Recognition Award (2008), and the College of Engineering Education Excellence Award (2010). He has been a recipient of the NSF CAREER award, 3M’s Non-Tenured Faculty Award, and the 2011 Soft Matter Lectureship from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal Soft Matter. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Physical Society.

He received his B.S. in chemical engineering and economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996.

Neela Badami

Neela Badami is a partner at Samvad Partners, a pan-Indian, full-service law firm. She works primarily in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, banking and finance, TMT, general commercial contracts, and public international law advisory. She has extensive experience in sectors such as fintech, e-commerce, and information technology.

Neela holds a B.A., B.L (Hons.) degree from the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research (NALSAR) University of Law, Hyderabad (2005, Gold Medallist). While at NALSAR, Neela represented India at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (2004). She holds an LL.M from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor (2008, Michigan Grotius Scholar).

Prior to joining the Firm, Neela was an associate in the Capital Markets Practice Group at Amarchand Mangaldas, Mumbai. Neela has also worked as a Law Clerk at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, Netherlands (Legal Advisory Section, Office of the Prosecutor).

Apart from practicing law, Neela stays connected to academia through both writing and teaching engagements. Recently, she has taught a 1-credit elective course at her alma mater and one of India’s premier law schools, NALSAR, on “Private Equity and Venture Capital Transactions in India.” She has advised the International Transactions Clinic’s members at the University of Michigan Law School on aspects of investment transactions in India. She has been published nationally and internationally. Her most recent publication, co-authored with Harish Narasappa, is the Entrepreneur’s Legal Guide to Business, published by the Eastern Book Company.

Neela’s hobbies include swimming, reading fiction, and writing travelogues. She enjoys solving cryptic crosswords. Before taking up law, Neela was a competitive swimmer and has captained the Karnataka state women’s water polo team.

Nojin Kwak

Nojin Kwak (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. Kwak also serves as Director of the BTAA Korean Studies e-School, the course share consortium among Big Ten schools.

His research centers on the role of communication media—social media, mobile telephony, and other digital platforms—in civic and political engagement and has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Political Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, New Media and Society, Political Research Quarterly, and Asian Journal of Communication. His recent studies analyze the patterns of social media use and their influence on community involvement, deliberative openness, and political participation. He has received numerous top paper awards at major conferences.

Kwak served as president of the Korean American Communication Association, and is a co-editor of a book series, Perspectives on Contemporary Korea, published by the University of Michigan Press.

President Mark S. Schlissel

Dr. Mark S. Schlissel is the 14th president of the University of Michigan and the first physician-scientist to lead the institution. He became president in July 2014.

President Schlissel previously was provost of Brown University, where he was responsible for all academic programmatic and budgetary functions within Brown’s schools and colleges, as well as the libraries, research institutes, and centers.

A graduate of Princeton University (A.B., summa cum laude, 1979, Biochemical Sciences), he earned both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1986, Physiological Chemistry). He did his residency training in internal medicine at Hopkins Hospital and conducted postdoctoral research as a Bristol-Myers Cancer Research Fellow under David Baltimore at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Whitehead Institute.

President Schlissel began his career as a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1991, where he earned a number of awards and fellowships for his research and teaching. He moved to the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California–Berkeley in 1999 as associate professor, advancing to full professor in 2002. He taught undergraduate and graduate courses in immunology as well as a large introductory course in biology for life science majors.

His research has focused on the developmental biology of B lymphocytes, the cell type in the immune system that secretes antibodies. His work has contributed to a detailed understanding of genetic factors involved in the production of antibodies and how mistakes in that process can lead to leukemia and lymphoma. He is the author or co-author of over 100 scientific papers and has trained 21 successful doctoral candidates in his lab.

He was UC-Berkeley’s dean of biological sciences in the College of Letters & Science and held the C.H. Li Chair in Biochemistry until his appointment as Brown’s provost in 2011. He served as vice chair of the Molecular and Cell Biology Department from 2002-07.

Nationally, he has served as member and chair of the Immunobiology Study Section at the National Institutes of Health and on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Scientific Review Board.

President Schlissel was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigators in 1998 and the American Association of Physicians in 2013. He has been a member of the American Association of Immunologists since 1992 and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. He has helped organize major international scientific meetings and is a frequent seminar speaker at universities through the United States.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., President Schlissel is married to Monica Schwebs, an environmental and energy lawyer. They have four grown children.

Scott DeRue

With a background in private equity, management consulting, and academia, Scott DeRue, the Edward J. Frey Dean of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, is a widely published thought leader in business education and action-based learning as well as an award-winning researcher and instructor. He believes that business is the most powerful force for economic and social impact — and it is the responsibility of Michigan Ross to develop the next generation of business leaders.

DeRue joined Michigan Ross in 2007, taking on multiple leadership roles over time. Prior to his deanship, DeRue served as the associate dean for Executive Education, professor of management, director of the Sanger Leadership Center, and faculty director of the Emerging Leaders Program. He also led the creation and launch of Alumni Advantage, a new initiative connecting Ross alumni to the school and university. Offerings include free tuition for executive education programming, access to livestreamed school events, and the opportunity to attend #ROSSTALKS, a series of global events where faculty present TED-style talks on hot-button business topics.

Prior to joining Ross, DeRue worked at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). He received his PhD in management from Michigan State University and his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sean Park

Sean currently leads YouTube marketing for Asia-Pacific and global access in emerging markets. Sean joined Google in 2007, starting as Product Marketing Manager in Seoul, Korea, and soon took a regional marketing role for YouTube. In 2009, he moved to Tokyo to lead marketing for APAC Media & Platforms (YouTube, Google Display Network, and DoubleClick) and Mobile Ads. Before relocating to Singapore for his current role in early 2013, he had led global YouTube Product Marketing for over 2 years based in the headquarters in San Bruno, CA.

Before joining Google, Sean was Case Team Leader at Bain & Company Seoul office, where he led consulting projects in various industries, including electronics, logistics, medical device, automotive, and heavy industry. Prior to Bain & Company, he spearheaded the Strategic Marketing Team at Korea Thrunet, the first NASDAQ-listed company in Korea. Sean started his career at Procter & Gamble Korea as Assistant Brand Manager for Vidal Sassoon and Ivory brands.

Sean holds an MBA degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and Diplomacy from Yonsei University in Korea.

Shilpak Mahadkar

Shilpak Mahadkar is a Senior Executive with diverse Fintech and Digital Payments industry experience, leading large-scale product launches and partner ecosystem development across market leaders such as PayPal, Visa, Netflix, Thomson Reuters, and Discover Card in Asia Pacific, North America, and EMEA. Currently, Shilpak leads products for PayPal in Asia Pacific.

Prior to PayPal, Shilpak helped launch Netflix subscriptions payments in Asia Pacific as one of the first Executives in their regional office. At Visa, he has launched innovative mobile payments and digital finance products, expanding Visa’s footprint in frontier markets in Asia and Africa. Shilpak has also brought next-generation market data products to life at Thomson Reuters.

Shilpak is active in the Fintech community in Singapore as a mentor to startups and influencer for the eco-system. He is a board member at the Jane Goodall Institute of Singapore. Shilpak holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and B.E. Chemical Engineering from Bombay University.

Steve Grafton

As CEO and President of the Alumni Association since 1994, Steve Grafton has always believed that you must be relevant to your audience in order to have value. It is that belief that guided him in creating an organization that is today focused on connections and success for all 575k+ alumni, as well as a supporting partner of the University. From the LEAD Scholars program to developing upcoming online communities organized around interests, identities, etc. to launching an education portal that puts U-M educational resources at alumni fingertips, Grafton is transforming the Alumni Association to be one that is of utmost relevance for U-M’s Leaders & Best.

Hailing from Mississippi State University, where he earned a BS in Political Science and a Masters in Public Policy, Grafton has been a past President of the Council of Alumni Association Executives (CAAE); Chair of the Advisory Council for the U-M Museum of Natural History; and a member of the Provost’s Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. He has also served as executive director of the Mississippi State University Alumni Association and as legislative director for U.S. Sen. John Stennis, D-MS.

Grafton and his wife, Carol, are proud parents to two Michigan alumni.


The U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship provides important financial aid in support of outstanding undergraduate students from across Asia attending U-M. Established by our Hong Kong alumni in 2014 to honor the Pan-Asia Alumni Reunion, the Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship unites the U-M family around Asia, deepens connections to U-M, and builds esprit de corps. Each year alumni and friends in Asia and around the globe contribute to the U-M Pan-Asia Alumni Scholarship in celebration of each other and future generations of students. To date, over $250,000 has been raised from more than 500 gifts and pledges.

Past Recipients

2018 – Bach Nguyen, BSE ’22, Vietnam
2017 – Abrar Iqbal, BSE ’21, Bangladesh
2016 – Ivory Yang Sijie, AB ’20, Singapore
2015 – Pricilla Mukudan, BSE ’19, Malaysia

“With the continuous support of U-M alumni in Asia, the Fund will evolve into a tradition, providing the benefits of the U-M experience to more students from the region.”
–Richard Yang, JD 1999

“I was supported by many warm hearts for me to be going to Michigan. I believe it is now my turn to return the favor to the future leaders and best. Join me!”
–Makoto Ariga, MBA 1993

“The Pan-Asia Reunion is something that we all look forward to every year, and we remember how Michigan has changed our lives. This feeling is something we want to pay forward by contributing to the Pan-Asia Scholarship fund. We hope to be able to help deserving students to realize their dream, the dream that we’ve lived and the one they aspire towards. This is truly the heart of the scholarship.”
–Choon Peng Ng, MBA 2004

Just Jerk Crew

So-hee Song

Kwang Jin Kim, MBA ’88

2018 Korea Pan-Asia Committee

  • Ku-Hung Jung, PhD ‘76
  • Yong Jae Chang, AB ‘90
  • Jung Gyun Kim, BSE ‘07
  • Taesung Lee, AB ’00

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Victors Valiant Level

  • Dr. Won-Pyo Hong (Luncheon sponsor), MSE ’84, PhD ’88, Samsung SDS President & CEO
  • Taesung Lee, AB ’00, CEO, SeAH Holdings Corp.
  • Moon Sun Chung, MBA ’05, Vice President, Hyundai BNG Steel

Maize and Blue Level

  • Woosung Hwang, MBA ’96, Seoul Pharma
  • Jong Jin Park, MSE ’10, PhD ’16
  • Dong-Hyun Ryu, AB ’04, Executive Director, INSUNG
  • Jung Gyun Kim, BSE ’07, COO, Boryung Holdings, Ltd.
  • Jiman Kim, MBA ’06, CEO, Dongbo
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