Soohyun Lee, International Consultant

Soohyun joined New Frontier Services in June 2017. She is a technology & innovation policy analyst with academic and professional background in engineering, public affairs and public policy evaluation. She studied Civil Engineering for 3 years and Political Science & International Relations for 4 years in her bachelor’s at Seoul National University, South Korea. She holds a MA in International Public Management (Concentration on Public Policy Evaluation & Latin America) from Sciences Po Paris, France. She also worked and studied 1 year at the Georgetown University in Washington D.C., the United States.

At NFS, Soohyun is in charge of implementation, management and coordination of international projects regarding innovation, particularly EU funded projects such as FP7 and Horizon 2020. She is currently involved in coordination and evaluation of frontierCities2 project, an acceleration programme focused on FIWARE-supported solutions in the Smart Cities areas.

Before joining NFS, she worked at KIC-Europe in Brussels, a non-profit organization founded by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, where she was in charge of project management and policy analysis on EU R&D projects such as Horizon 2020. Her tasks were collaborating with EU governmental bodies in the domain of science and innovation policy as a de facto Korean NCP (National Contact Point) and delivering European research & innovation policy trends on ICT, circular economy, climate change and clean energy. While working in the governmental sector, she deepened her understanding of government and technology companies. She also broadened her knowledge on the start-up ecosystem in both Europe and Asia.

Previous to KIC-Europe, she worked at the Korean National Commission for UNESCO, where she was charged with organising an international forum, workshops, and seminars on emerging issues such as climate change and sustainable development. She was responsible for UNESCO’s strategic public affairs campaigns and organisation of contact with policy-makers. She developed the ability to cultivate public-private partnerships and she further strengthened her writing, editing and research skills and understanding of the private sector.

Languages: Effective trilingual (English/French/Korean) communicator with an advanced-intermediate level of Spanish, a basic knowledge of Chinese and Japanese.