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Daeje Chin

Former Minister, Information and Communications, Republic of Korea

Daeje Chin

Residency: Jan. 8 – 12, 2008

Residency Summary

Daeje Chin presented a public talk on how Korea became a world powerhouse in telecommunications as well as guest lectured in class and met with the UC San Diego Korea Studies Program. He toured the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and met with leaders at Rady School of Management.


A businessman and a former politician, Daeje Chin obtained a master’s degree in electronic engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. After his stint at the IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center in 1983, he returned to Korea and joined Samsung Electronics and was named general manager of its memory chips division in 1987. Under his helm, the company emerged from being a bit player in memory chips to become one of the world’s top semiconductor companies and became president of Samsung’s Digital Media Business. Chin became minister of information and communication in February 2003. In October 2006, he started Skylake Incuvest & Co, a venture capital focused on information and communication technology sector investment. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Korean Award of Science and Technology and the King Sejong Grand Award. He is the author of “Computer Aided VLSI Design and Manage Your Passion.”