World Knowledge Forum (WKF)*

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The World Knowledge Forum (WKF) is a fete of knowledge, the biggest in Asia. It is also known as Asia’s Davos Forum (World Economic Forum). Established in October 2000, the World Knowledge Forum gathers more than 200 business and opinion leaders from around the world ranging from environmental and international organizations to world’s biggest corporations and institutions. These leaders predict the future and discuss possible solutions for problems that are already, or might become, an issue. The main aim is to highlight the importance of knowledge sharing towards a balanced prosperity of the global economy.

Since 2000 in conjunction with the Korea Knowledge Innovation (KKI) Award Ceremony, until 2010 known as the Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony. Since 2012 the KKI Award is part of the ‘Korea Knowledge Award’ which is as well including the Knowledge Management Best Practice Award launched by the Ministry of Public Administration and Security in 2004.

From 2002-2013 in conjunction with the Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony.

Conference History:

22nd WKF 2021, September 14-16, 2021, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Terra Incognita: Redesigning the Global Architecture

    Forum Tracks:

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Sep 16
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

21st WKF 2020, September 16-18, 2020, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Pandenomics Perspective: Shaping New Global Symbiosis

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)
    Korea Smart-City Awards 2020

20th WKF 2019, September 25-27, 2019, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Knowledge Revolution 5.0: Perspicacity Towards Prosperity for All

    Forum Tracks: Knowledge Revolution 5.0
    Talent Pathways for the New Knowledge Revolution
    Risk Management & Corporate Reputation
    Insight 30′ Technology Trap
    McKinsey Global Institute-Smart Cities
    Global Energy Transition: ill-prepared fossil fuel phase-out and its impacts towards Global Climate Change
    Conversation with the Successful Women Entrepreneurs
    Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders
    Combatting Air Pollution and Climate Change
    Automation, Gig Economy, and the 21st Century Korean Economy

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Sep 27
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

19th WKF 2018, October 10-12, 2018, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Collective Intelligence: Overcoming Global Pandemonium

    Sessions:
    The Neuroscience of Storytelling in Business

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Oct 12
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

18th WKF 2017, October 17-19, 2017, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Inflection Point: Towards New Prosperity

    Sessions:
    Driving Innovation in the Data Economy

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Oct 19
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

17th WKF 2016, October 11-13, 2016, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Aiming for Great Instauration

    Sessions:
    Costa Rica’s Sustainable Knowledge Economy

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony, Oct 13

16th WKF 2015, October 20-22, 2015, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Mapping the Zeitgeist

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Oct 22
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

15th WKF 2014, October 14-16, 2014, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Invigorating the Global Economy

    Sessions:
    Collaborative Innovation Across Boundaries
    The Road to Creative Economy
    The Power of Collective Intelligence
    Building Human Creative Capacity by Thinking from the Center: Think Collectively, Grow Globally

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Oct 16
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

14th WKF 2013, October 15-17, 2013, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: The “One Asia Metamorphosis”: The answer to a new social order and global solution

    Forum Track: Creativity
    Building Creative Nations
    The Secrets of the Creative City
    IP Financing for the Creative Economy

    Solo Speeches:
    The Role of Knowledge in Accelerating the Drive to End Global Poverty and Build Shared Prosperity
    Creative Economy & Creative Class

    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony, Oct 17
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)
    Creative and Adaptive City Design Award

13th WKF 2012, October 9-11, 2012, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: The Great Breakthrough – New Solutions for Global Crisis: Leadership, Integritry, Creativity and Happiness

    Forum Track: Creativity
    Best Practices from Awardees of KKM Award Ceremony
    Best Practices from Awardees of Asian MAKE Award Ceremony
    Bringing People Together through the Integrated Resort – A Force Multiplier
    Game = More Than Virtual Reality
    Social Innovation = The 3rd Industrial Revolution

    Forum Track: Knowledge Concert
    What is the Tipping Point for Electronic Vehicles?
    Overcoming Barriers to Innovation
    Innovation MegaProjects-Addressing 21st century Challenges with Innovation Ecosystems
    Revving the Engine of Capitalism to Create New Private Wealth and Social Value
    The difference between the Eastern and the Western Culture
    The Ripple Effect-How to Make Positive Change Easier
    Pragmatic Optimism in the Fight Against Poverty
    “accounting 2.0” is shaping a more viable future for people and the planet
    Overcoming obstacles
    Evolving opportunities in the Middle East after the Arab Spring

    Solo Speeches:
    Delivering on Development – Harnessing Knowledge to Build Prosperity and End Poverty

    Award Ceremonies: (Creativity Track)
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony
    Korea Knowledge Award Ceremony
    (Knowledge Innovation Award & Knowledge Management Best Practice Award)

12th WKF 2011, October 11-13, 2011, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: The New Economic Crisis: Reforming Global Leadership & Asia’s Challenge

    Forum Track: Knowledge Revolution
    Knowledge Revolution
    Knowledge Productivity: The 21st Century Growth Engine for Value Creation
    Asia-Applied Behavior Science
    Nurturing Future Talent
    Knowledge Management Case Studies: How Your Company Will Profit through KM

    Forum Track: Others
    Future Smart City

    Solo Speeches:
    Knowledge for Development

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony
    Korea Knowledge and Innovation (KKI) Awards Ceremony

11th WKF 2010, October 12-14, 2010, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: One Asia Momentum, G20 Leadership & Creatinnovation

    Breakout Sessions:
    Young Leaders Roundtable: Creativity, Creativity, Creativity
    Global CEO Roundtable: Creatinnovation=Competitiveness

    Solo Speeches:
    Creative Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    Shaping the Networked Society

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony
    Korea Knowledge and Innovation (KKI) Awards Ceremony

10th WKF 2009, October 13-15, 2009, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: One Asia, New Economic order and Recovery

    Breakout Sessions:
    Search, Knowledge and Answers: Future of Online Information
    The Art of Creative Thinking

    Special Sessions:
    Knowledge Management Case Studies 1+2

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony
    Korea Knowledge and Innovation (KKI) Awards Ceremony

9th WKF 2008, October 14-16, 2008, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Collabonomics (Collaboration + Economics) & Greater Asia

    Breakout Sessions:
    Creative Business in the Virtual and Real World

    INSEAD Session:
    Networks and Innovations

    Special Lectures:
    Collaboration in the Shifting Knowledge Economy
    Co-opetition
    Proposal for the Global Knowledge Leaders

    Special Sessions:
    Knowledge Management Case Studies
    Collabonomics by Design

    Plenary Sessions:
    Opening Plenary: CEO Round table – Collaboration as a Solution for Uncertainty
    OECD Plenary: Creative Collaboration among Business, Academy and Government

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony & Session, Oct 15
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

8th WKF 2007, October 16-18, 2007, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Wealth Creation & Asia

    Breakout Sessions:
    IT Round table: From Web 2.0 to Web 3.0

    Special Sessions:
    MAKE Session: Knowledge Management Case Study

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony & Session, Oct 17
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

7th WKF 2006, October 17-19, 2006, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Creative Economy

    Breakout Sessions:
    Managing Risk in Creative Economy

    INSEAD Session:
    Managing Blue Ocean Projects
    Leveraging Technology for Creativity
    Branding in the Creative Economy
    Managing Risk and Uncertainty in the Creative Economy

    Special Lectures:
    How Does Creativity Change Business Strategy? (Satellite)
    The role of the creative class in the globalisation
    Using Knowledge to Drive Organizational Performance
    Managing a Creative Business Creatively: Making Magic and Logic Succeed Together
    Dialogue: The Era of Creative Economy -Global Cooperation and Challenge

    Plenary Sessions:
    OECD Plenary: Intellectual Assets and Value Creation
    Asia: CEO’s Round Table: Leadership in Creative Economy

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony, Oct 18
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

6th WKF 2005, October 10-12, 2005, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Creativity & Collaboration: Foundation for the New Era

    Creativity Session:
    Creativity Support Systems in Japan
    Creativity Matters: Imagination, Purpose and Well-Being in Retirement
    Creativity Development and Techniques
    Building a Successful Culture for Innovation and its tie to Knowledge Management
    Brain Exercise

    INSEAD Session:
    The Creative Challenge
    Transformation in China and its impact on the rest of the world: the example of the Steel industry
    Financial Resources & Capital Markets infrastructure – supporting Asia
    Managing the Unknown: A New Approach to Managing Novel Projects

    Special Lectures:
    Igniting Creative Potential: An imperative for organizational survival and growth
    The Dynamics of Creative Clusters Reputation, Connectivity, Diversity

    Plenary Sessions:
    Opening Plenary: Creativity in Corporate Management
    Creativity Plenary: How Does Creativity Enable Us To Thrive As Individuals, Organizations, and Nations?

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony, Oct 12
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

5th WKF 2004, October 11-13, 2004, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Partnership for Renewed Growth

    Breakout Sessions:
    Innovative Business Ideas by Retail Knowledge Champions (Eland Session)
    Dialogue with 3rd Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Winners
    Challenges Facing Universities in Knowledge-based Economy (MOE Session)

    Special Sessions:
    Knowledge Management Case Studies I + II
    Knowledge Management Update with 3rd Asian MAKE Winners

    Special Lectures:
    Special Lecture on Knowledge Management – Robert Sutton

    Award Ceremonies:
    Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony, Oct 12
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

4th WKF 2003, October 14-17, 2003, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Creating a New World Order and Economy

    Breakout Sessions:
    World Knowledge Competitiveness Index 2003 / Master Class
    Asia’s Most Admired Knowledge Companies (TELEOS Session)
    Case Studies by KM Leaders / KM Workshop

    Special Sessions:
    Fostering SME Innovative Capability: ICT, Stakeholders and Development (GKP-IKED Session)
    Creative Manpower and Creative Educational Environment (KT&G Session)
    Challenges of Human Capital in Public Sector: Cases of Korea, China and Japan
    Training for Creative Thinking
    Global Cooperation to Bridge the Knowledge Gap (World Knowledge Corps Session)

    Award Ceremonies:
    1st Asian Most Admired Knowledge Enterprises (MAKE) Award Ceremony, Oct 17
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

3rd WKF 2002, October 16-18, 2002, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Knowledge in a World of Risks: A Compass Towards New Prosperity

    Breakout Sessions:
    Women Entrepreneurs in Knowledge-based Business
    Effective Knowledge Sharing Strategies
    Country Knowledge Strategies: The Cases of Korea, China and Malaysia
    Exporting Knowledge: Korea at the Cross Roads
    Managing the Global Knowledge Network
    Asian Knowledge Enterprises of the Year
    Tools of Knowledge Management
    Three Pillars for Building A Knowledge-Creating Organization

    Special Lectures:
    Leveraging Knowledge to Stimulate Industrial Innovation

    Special Sessions:
    Summit Meeting on World Knowledge Corps

    Plenary Sessions:
    World Bank Plenary: Harnessing Knowledge for Development: The Importance of Developing Strategies

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

2nd WKF 2001, October 17-19, 2001, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Drawing Roadmap for Knowledge Economy and Global Prosperity

    Breakout Sessions:
    Socio-economic Imperatives for a Knowledge Economy
    The Shape of the 21C Knowledge Corporation
    Best Practices in Knowledge-Based Corporations

    Special Lectures:
    Knowledge Evolution: Expanding Organizational Intelligence
    Development Strategies for Knowledge-Based Nations
    China-The Next Knowledge Frontier

    Plenary Sessions:
    OECD Plenary: Leadership Required in Knowledge-Based Economy
    MBN Plenary: World Brain: Sharing Knowledge for Global Prosperity

    Workshops:
    Build a Knowledge Sharing Organization

    Award Ceremonies:
    Korea Knowledge Management (KKM) Award Ceremony

1st WKF 2000, October 17-19, 2000, Seoul, South Korea

Conference Theme: Shaping the New Millennium with Knowledge

    Breakout Sessions:
    Briefing on International Knowledge Partnership Initiatives
    Government Policy Challenges in a Knowledge Economy
    Funding Creation of Knowledge
    Industrializing Knowledge
    Transforming Korea into a Knowledge-Based Economy: Observation from the World Bank
    Building a Knowledge-Driven Country: Netherlands
    Winning Business Strategies, Surviving the Knowledge Economy
    From Knowledge Management to Knowledge Markets
    Building Knowledge Management Systems
    e-Knowledge Management
    Learning Revolution in the Knowledge Era
    The Future of Universities in the Knowledge Era
    Challenges and Opportunities Facing Media in the Knowledge Era

    Special Sessions:
    New Role of Individuals, Companies, and Nations in a Knowledge-based Society

    Plenary Sessions:
    Opening Plenary: Knowledge, New Economy & Global Prosperity
    OECD Plenary: Catch the Train of the Knowledge Era: National Strategies
    MBN Plenary: Nurturing Creative People

    Award Ceremonies:
    Maekyung – Booz Allen Knowledge Management Award

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One Reply to “ World Knowledge Forum (WKF)*”

  1. I am planning to be in Seoul during your Forum and if you are looking for an American speaker on the KORUS FTA and Trump’s trade policies, I would be delighted to join.

    Best,

    Tami Overby
    McLarty Associates
    Senior Advisor

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