The KACF Annual Gala celebrates the accomplishments of extraordinary individuals and organizations in our community. Funds raised will support the work of KACF and our non-profit grantee partners in the Korean and Asian American communities, as well as initiatives for building bridges with our vibrant communities in New York City.




Past Honorees and Keynote Speakers 


  • 2019 Juju Chang, Co-Anchor, ABC News’ Nightline
  • 2019 Min Jin Lee, Author, Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko
  • 2018 Miky Lee, Vice Chairwoman of CJ Group
  • 2017 Chong-Moon Lee, Chairman & CEO, Ambex Venture Partners; Founder, CEO, Chairman & Chairman Emeritus of Diamond Multimedia Systems
  • 2016 Jeong H. Kim, Co-Founder, Kiswe Mobile, President Emeritus, Bell Labs
  • 2015 Ken Jeong, Actor, Comedian, Producer and Physician
  • 2014 Jin Roy Ryu, Chairman & CEO, Poongsan Group
  • 2013 John Kim, Vice Chairman & CIO, New York Life
  • 2012 Yongmaan Park, Chairman & CEO, Doosan Group
  • 2011 Higgin Kim, CEO, Byucksan Engineering
  • 2010 Sung-Joo Kim, CEO, MCM
  • 2009 Andrew Kim, Co-Founder, Sit/Kim Int’l Investment
  • 2008 Youngsuk “YS” Chi, Vice Chairman, Elsevier
  • 2007 William Rhodes, Chairman, President & CEO, Citibank
  • 2006 Dong-Jin Oh, CEO, Samsung Electronics America


Keynote Speakers & Special Guests/Awardees

  • 2019 Caroline Kennedy, Former US Ambassador to Japan
  • 2018 Chloe Kim, Olympic Gold Medalist and 4-Time X Games Gold Medalist
  • 2017 Marvin Myungwoo Chun, Dean, Yale College and Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science
  • 2016 Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
  • 2015 Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations
  • 2014 General Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State
  • 2013 Martha Choe, CAO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • 2011 Howard Koh, US Asst. Secretary for Health
  • 2010 Senator Paull Shin, Washington State Senate
  • 2009 Jim Yong Kim, President, Dartmouth College
  • 2008 Wonil Cho, Former Ambassador, Korean Consul General
  • 2007 Jeannie Park , Executive Editor, PEOPLE Magazine
  • 2007 Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
  • 2006 Miguel Garcia, Ford Foundation


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