World Convention of the Korean Language 2021

Official Program

Opening Ceremony and Keynote Lecture

Date & Time: 10:00 – 12:35 Oct 8(Fri) 2021

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Keynote Lecture

Barbara J Zitwer

Barbara J Zitwer Agency

Predicting the future path of Korean language,
Korean literature and Korean culture
Barbara J Zitwer is the owner, President of her agency established twenty two years ago specializing in global literature. She was the first agent to bring Korean literature to the attention to the world with Kyung sook Shin’s Man Asian Prize winning Please Look After Mom, Han Kang’s Booker Prize The Vegetarian, Ko-eun Yun’s CWA Award Winning The Disaster Tourist, Jung Myung Lee’s Premio Bancarella Prize, as well as introducing many other Korean authors including Hye Young Pyun, Un su Kim, Seo Mi Ae, Ji Young Gong, Young ha Kim, Geum-yi Lee, Sunmi Hwang,You Jeong Jeong,Yeo-sun Kwon and many others.

She also represents award winning authors from Australia, Germany, United States, Japan, Turkey and many other countries. She is a maverick at discovering new authors and bringing under represented voices to the notice of the world including works by Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi Activist Raid Badawai, Bandi, North Korean writer, Frida Khalaf who escapes Isis and lived to write about it as well as other free speech activists. Barbara was awarded the International Agent of the Year Award at the 2016 London Book Fair. She is the first and pioneering the marketing and selling of Korean literature to Hollywood and the development of Korean books to film globally such as with The Plotters by Un su Kim, The Only Child by Seo Mi Ae, Please Look After Mom by Kyung sook Shin, Perfect Happiness by You Jeong Jeong , The Disaster Tourist by Ko-eun Yun and others..

In her own right, she is a novelist and author of The JM Barrie Ladies Swimming Society, publishing in fourteen countries and also in Korea, and currently in development with Barnaby Thompson’s Fragile Films in the UK as a feature film. She has published two other novels and her play about bestselling maverick writer Jacqueline Susan, Paper Doll, has been produced throughout the United States starring Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham and Emmy Award and Golden Globe Winner, Marlo Thomas.

Barbara is currently developing an educational program for Korean publishing professionals and students to learn about how to sell, market, develop and learn about international publishing and how to sell Korean books in the global market. Information is available upon request.

Tony, Lee

CEO, Saltlux

We dream of a world that allows free exchange of knowledge for everyone.
CEO Kyung-il Lee worked at LG Central Research institute as senior research after completing his bachelor's and master's degrees at Inha University. He established Sysmeta, a natural language processing company in 2001 which was renamed to Saltlux in 2005, and he has been the company as the CEO until now.

Saltlux means salt (salt) and light (lux). It advocates a world in which machines and people and people and people freely exchange knowledge, overcoming barriers of information and language.

CEO Kyung-il Lee is also actively engaging in works outside the company. While serving as a special professor at Hanyang University, he has been working as a member of the Pan-Government TF for Digital Government Innovation, a member of the Public Data Strategy Committee under the Prime Minister’s Office, a member of the New Industry Regulatory Innovation Committee of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, an advisor for the 4th Industrial Revolution Special Committee of the National Assembly, the Chairman of the Artificial Intelligence Industry Council, and a Director of the Korea Software Industry Association.

In recognition of his contribution to the development and industrialization of AI technology, he received the Presidential Award at the Korea Software Awards in 2010 and the Korea Industrial Service Medal in 2011. He was also selected as the ‘Data Guru of the Republic of Korea’ by the Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning in 2016 and received the Science and ICT Ministerial Award at 2021 AI Korea Awards.

Closing Ceremony

Date & Time: 16:00 – 17:10 Oct 9(Sat) 2021

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