Dr. Shin Cheul Kim was appointed Associate Vice-President for Research and Development (Knowledge Transfer) with effect from 1 April 2022. He joined HKUST in April 2020 as Director of Technology Transfer Center and CEO of HKUST R&D Corporation Limited.
Dr. Kim has successful track records in Innovation and Entrepreneurship development and strategic organizational transformation. Prior to joining the HKUST, he served as Director of Technology Transfer Office, Managing Director of Versitech Limited, founding Director of iDendron (an in-campus startup incubator) and Associate Director of Knowledge Exchange Office in The University of Hong Kong. Dr. Kim served as a Senior Vice President at Exploit Technologies Pte. Ltd (2007-2016), a commercialization arm for Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) of Singapore, where he commercialized more than 300 technology portfolios, created dozens of startup with multiple exits, sizable international collaboration projects and thousands of industry projects. He received the “Dedicated Service Award” in 2012.
He also has a strong experience in startup management. He was a founding member of NESS Display Co. Ltd (2000) in Korea and Managing Director of NESS Display Singapore Pte. Ltd (2004-2007), which attracted the investment of more than US$100million and commercialized OLED display using self-developed linear evaporation system for the first time in the world. He served many board and advisory positions for the companies, incubators and government bodies.
Dr. Kim received his Ph.D. in Physics from Yonsei University and filed 14 patent applications.