Songyee Yoon PhD ’00, entrepreneur, innovator, investor, and leader in the AI and gaming industry, has been named a Visiting Innovation Scholar in the School of Engineering for the 2023-24 academic year.
Yoon, who is a member of the MIT Corporation, is president and chief strategic officer of NCSOFT, a global leader in game publishing and digital entertainment. Under his leadership, NCSOFT has grown to include locations in seven countries on three continents. She played a central role in the creation of the NCSOFT AI Center, a cutting-edge AI research center that helped the company develop and integrate the latest AI and machine learning technologies into its products.
In 2021, Yoon founded Chamaeleon, an early-stage venture capital firm. As managing partner of the firm, Yoon focuses on consumer software, content and media, as well as deep and edge technologies. She particularly supports entrepreneurs working at the intersection of AI, entertainment and social platforms.
As a Visiting Innovation Scholar, Yoon will participate in various activities with MIT School of Engineering faculty, students, and staff. She will provide advice to the Dean of Engineering on strategic initiatives, cutting-edge programs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem within the school.
“I am both honored and excited to embark on my journey as an innovation researcher, where I will champion entrepreneurship and empower women engineers to thrive in diverse career paths,” says Yoon .
A central theme throughout Yoon’s career and numerous philanthropic activities has been a passion for promoting inclusion and supporting future leaders.
“As technology continues to transform our world, there is a growing need for inclusive innovation. Throughout my career, I have seen first-hand how amplifying all voices fosters more creativity and adds richness to the construction,” adds Yoon. “I am honored to help the School of Engineering bridge the gap between inspiration and achievement, and to nurture the next generation of pioneering leaders who will shape the world with their genius.”
Yoon holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronic engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and a doctorate in computational neuroscience from MIT. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and is a graduate of Stanford University’s Executive Program.
After earning her doctorate, Yoon worked at McKinsey and Co., then served as vice president of communications intelligence at wireless service provider SK Telecom, where she used AI technologies to develop an intelligent and personalized data services platform. In 2008, she joined NCSOFT.
As a member of the MIT Corporation, Yoon has served on several visiting committees at MIT and is the current chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee. She serves on several advisory committees. She is an inaugural advisory board member of the Human-Centered AI Center at Stanford University and a board member of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Yoon is president and founder of the NCSOFT Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes corporate social responsibility and supports socially disadvantaged people. Aiming to support working parents, Yoon personally oversaw the development of “Laughing Peanut,” a 400-child daycare center located at NCSOFT’s R&D center, and “Projectory,” to nurture and foster creativity.
Yoon has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions to technology and business. She is a member of the Korea National Academy of Engineering and was named one of 50 Businesswomen to Watch by The Wall Street Journaland was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
“Dr. Yoon is a true visionary. Her extensive experience in AI technologies, coupled with her passion for supporting entrepreneurs and championing diversity in engineering, make her the perfect fit as a Visiting Innovation Scholar,” says Anantha Chandrakasan, Dean of the MIT School of Engineering and Vannevar Bush Professor of Electrical Engineering. and IT. “School of Engineering faculty, students and staff will all benefit from his expertise and vision.” »