David Steel is Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs for Samsung Electronics America (SEA), a position he assumed in December 2017. Currently based in Washington D.C., Dr. Steel overseas SEA's public affairs team and the corporate and product communications and citizenship teams headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ.
Dr. Steel has more than a decade of experience within the Samsung network, most recently serving as head of the company's Global Communications Group in Seoul, South Korea. He first joined Samsung in 1997 in the Global Strategy Group and eventually became Samsung's first non-Korean corporate executive, serving as Vice President and Head of Marketing for the Digital Media Business in 2002. He later went on to oversee marketing strategy for the mobile phones business and, between 2008 and 2014, ran corporate strategy, marketing and communications.
Prior to joining Samsung, Dr. Steel worked at McKinsey & Co. and Argonne National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. He holds a PhD in Physics from MIT, an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Physics from Oxford University. While at MIT, he was presented with the Karl Taylor Compton Prize, the university’s highest award for achievements in citizenship. He spent 2017 as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University.
A Chartered Physicist (UK), Dr. Steel is a member of the Institute of Physics (UK) and the American Physical Society. He also serves on the Paralympic Advisory Committee of the US Olympic Committee and is a past member of the Royal Asiatic Society Korea Branch council and the Korean American Community Foundation board.
Mr. Malcolm R. Lee is Managing Director of International Government Relations and Head of Policy at Alibaba Group, based in Washington DC. Before joining Alibaba, Malcolm Lee was a non-resident senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution.
He previously served at the White House as senior director for intellectual property enforcement coordination, and at the Commerce Department as counselor to the secretary and head of policy and strategic planning. Under President Clinton, he was special assistant to the president for international trade and economic policy in the National Economic Council and National Security Council, responsible for economic relations with Asia, trade, investment, telecommunications, financial services, steel, and China’s entry into the WTO.
He served as deputy assistant secretary and U.S. coordinator for international telecommunications and information policy at the State Department. In the private sector, Malcolm Lee directed international policy, then China policy, strategy and corporate affairs, from Redmond then Beijing for Microsoft, after leading Asia government relations and global trade policy for Cisco Systems. He was an elected governor of AmCham China and board member of USITO.
He began his career as a technology and trade lawyer with Akin, Gump, and worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter prior to law school. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Yale College (Economics-Political Science and East Asian Studies) and J.D. from University of Pennsylvania School of Law
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