Sunmin Kim

Sunmin Kim

Sunmin is Pro Journo's executive director and also deputy editor at The Economist Intelligence Unit (The Economist's research arm) where she covers business and technology primarily for North America. Her writing has appeared in Economist Insights, The Huffington Post, GreenBiz, the World Economic Forum Blog and more. She received her MS in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan and BS in Biological Engineering at Cornell University and patented on a method to pattern quantum dots (nanoparticles that have semiconductor properties). She is based in New York City.

Recent Posts

Reforming the Business School, a Pure Product of American Culture

The fact that higher education, especially business education, is in need of reform is not news. But the role of the humanities in such reform has been gaining momentum in the U.S., mostly in reaction to a recently published report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a sort of “humanities rescue plan.” As we see in our coverage of the Carnegie Roundtables, this is a conversation that has materialized as a movement in both the U.S. and Europe, with a gathering of key departments, faculty and major universities.

Humanities in Business Education: Who’s Getting a Move on Here?

Published in 2011, the second Carnegie Report evoked numerous debates among business scholars. According to the report, business schools are in need of a makeover, specifically to incorporate more humanities and social sciences. Alongside US-based Carnegie Foundation and Aspen Institute, teachers at University of St. Gallen, Barcelona’s ESADE Business School and Copenhagen Business School are trying to move the report’s agenda forward.

Apply: Become a Student Reporter at Partnering for Global Impact 2013, Lugano-Switzerland

Partnering for Global Impact is a high-profile two-day forum that brings together investors, organizations, practitioners and entrepreneurs to explore and facilitate transactions in scalable and sustainable solutions for global impact. Participants will share knowledge about impact investing and philanthropy, engage with issues, explore investment opportunities and partner with one another. (more…)

How to Pitch Your Story to an Editor

So you’ve been researching on a topic for your Masters thesis for while and have developed an interesting angle. Or, maybe you’re attending a conference and would like a unique way to connect with thoughtleaders or key figures in your field by hunting down interesting stories. Either way, pitching and publishing as a contributor in a newspaper or magazine is a great way to publicize and establish a voice and expertise in your respective field.

Here are some tips from those in the field for aspiring freelance writers – also known as, disciplined, hustling idea generators.

Apply: Become a Student Reporter at World Resources Forum 2013, Davos-Switzerland

Apply to be a student reporter for the World Resources Forum 2013 in Davos! A conference that Student Reporter has covered since its inception, the World Resources Forum (WRF) in Davos is held bi-annually to exchange knowledge about the economic, political and environmental implications of global resource use. You can review our latest coverage from 2011 and 2012 (held in Beijing). This year, WRF2013 convenes under the theme “Shaping the Future of Natural Resources” and will address topics of resource efficiency, sustainable cities, urban mining, and lifestyles. It will be held 6-9 October, 2013 in Davos, Switzerland. (more…)

Scaling up the Huffington Post – Lessons to Ease the Millennials’ Growing Pains

Since its inception in 2005, the Huffington Post has grown to be the most visited news site in the U.S. Their story of rapid growth proves to be a classic success story in entrepreneurship and business development. In an era when anyone can call themselves a reporter, the Huffington Post has managed to develop a distinctive voice. Powered by social media and the ever-increasing number of blogs (over 180 million at the end of 2011), they successfully established themselves as the de facto “Internet newspaper.” (more…)

Sustainability at Davos News Release, Day 2

A systems-level approach was taken to identify ecological risks and resilience at the Earth’s Tipping Points session. And again, resilience, especially for and about people, was the key theme for the Designing Smart Cities session.
Panelists at the Scaling Social Innovation session focused on the importance of effective financing models and cross-sectoral partnerships for scaling up.

Sustainability at Davos News Release, Day 1

The Global Energy Context session discussed the dramatic macroeconomic effects of the rise of shale gas in the US, as well as how “markets are quietly achieving both growth and environmental improvements.”
Panelists from China’s Growth Context positively noted that “for the first time, consumption is leading the economic recovery [instead of investment-driven growth]” with no mentions of environmental consequences.

Sustainability vs Resilience: Don’t Give Up Yet

“Goodbye sustainability, hello resilience,” recently wrote Andrew Zolli, co-author with Ann Marie Healy of Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back. Resilience, as defined in their book, is “the capacity of a system, enterprise, or a person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances” – an ideal attribute of any system especially in the face of unexpected events, such as the recent natural disasters, or more subtle disturbances that have systemic consequences. (more…)

2012 in Review

Year 2012 was incredibly exciting for Student Reporter. We reported from around the world, from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to the Kasbah of the Middle East. As we traveled to these locations, we critically reflected on our own carbon emissions, and met a participant who even traveled by train from Leeds, England to Beijing, China to save his own emissions! We interviewed each other, Nobel Prize winners, social entrepreneurs, environmental advocates, and professors, just to name a few. (more…)

Sustainability Issues Among Top 10 Global Concerns

The teetering Eurozone and the unstable global economy are the biggest issues facing the world today, said business, academic and governmental leaders this week. Following close behind, however, was resource scarcity, which ranked No. 4 among the top 10 global trends leaders named in the Global Agenda Survey, run by the World Economic Forum Network of Global Agenda Councils, and released Tuesday. Although the list was mostly dominated by political and economic concerns, some key sustainability issues were at the top of leaders’ minds. Climate change also made it into the top 10, although the timing of the survey – which was taken before Hurricane Sandy hit New York City – may have kept climate issues from climbing higher on the list, which captures the opinions, insights and expertise of the 900 global experts here in Dubai for the Summit on the Global Agenda.