Business: A powerful force for
interfaith understanding & peace


Dr. Kyung-Eui (David) Yoo, Korea & Asia Representative

Dr. Kyung-Eui (David) Yoo (유경의) is the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation’s representative in Asia and Korea, responsible for logistics and programs for the 2018 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards to be held March 8, 2018, in Seoul, Korea. The Awards are held biannually in the host country of the Winter and Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The Awards are a partnership initiative with the United Nations Global Compact Business for Peace (B4P) platform, with added collaboration from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

David is also president of Love in Lights, an international social enterprise devoted to providing villages lacking electricity with the appropriate technology to improve the quality of life of families around the world.

Contact:; T. +81-2-3275-3747; M. +82-10-9492-2453; F. +82-2-3275-3749; 6F, 25, Gukhoe-daero 62-gil, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, Korea

In addition to being RFBF’s coordinator the 2018 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards, David Yoo has been engaged in numerous athletic activities with a focus on peace including organizing an international professional football club match and an international football competition for women. He believes sportsmanship is the soil where effective peace initiatives grow. David has worked with the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) in 2008 as a member of the Special Project Bureau, FIFA Committee. In 2010, he was Secretary General of the International Peace Sports Federation, and in 2012 he served as President of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Asia.

In the lead-up to the Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards, David is serving as Secretary General of the 2017 Appropriate Technology & Humanitarian Aid and Development Global Expo, planned for December 1-3, 2017, in Seoul. He is also Secretary General for the North East Asia Region of the Asia-Pacific Peace and Development Service Alliance (APPDSA).

David is a highly accomplished business and interfaith leader. His other business and leadership positions include: Founder/Vice President, Apply Bank (2000); Co-standing representative, Korea NGO Association (2012); and a Director, J.W. Marriott Hotel, KOREA (2012).

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Diplomacy, Yonsei University, Korea. Yonsei University is a private research university in Seoul, South Korea. It is one of Korea’s three SKY universities, considered the most prestigious in the country. Yonsei was established in 1885 and is the oldest university in South Korea. David also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA),  from Columbia University, USA, and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities, Hose Rizal Memorial State University, Philippines.

In support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 16,* the inaugural Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards were held in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, Sept. 6, a day before the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games. The next awards will be given in Seoul, Korea, ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics.

The awards recognize business leaders – current or past CEOs – who have demonstrated leadership in championing interfaith understanding and peace. The Awards are a partnership initiative of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and the United Nations Global Compact Business for Peace (B4P) platform, with collaboration from the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

* SDG-16: Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.