• New Era, Next Chapter

    The theme for the Korea Roundtable in 2017 is "New Era, Next Chapter".


    It is a time of change when innovation, collaboration and fresh thinking are needed more than ever.


    The background photo is taken from the inauguration of President Park Guen-hye.

    A businessman is caught in a moment of deep reflection.

    Today, focusing on the future is just as relevant.


    Find your place around the Korea Roundtable as we work together to foster an ecosystem of innovation.

  • Why The Korea Roundtable?

    The Korea Roundtable first convened in Sydney in 2012 to open a conversation about Korea in the region and the world from an Australian perspective.


    The Korea Roundtable is a play on words with two distinct meanings.

    It combines both the familiar and friendly, with the important and influential.


    In Korea, a roundtable can be found in many restaurants as a cylindrical metal table with a BBQ plate.

    Everyone is welcome. Family and friends connect. 

    There is always room for another person to pull up a seat, share food, and join the conversation.


    In a different context, a roundtable also refers to high level dialogue for important issues of influence.

    It is the place where agreements are made.

    A secure, safe, sustainable, peaceful, healthy and prosperous future is created.


    The Korea Roundtable combines both.

    The familiar and friendly, with the important and influential.


    The Korea Roundtable is inspired by a word from the Korean language: ‘Hyom-nyok’ (협력).

    ‘Hyom-nyok’ might sound unfamiliar to the Western ear, the meaning is something we all understand.

    It means to collaborate, but with added emphasis ‘to stick together as a team, to help each other, to work together, to run towards one goal.’

  • Fostering an ecology of innovation

    The Kore Roundtable explores the breadth of experience of engaging with Korea.

    Unpacking Ideas That Matter

    New Era, Next Chapter

    A series of occasional informal gatherings to discuss challenging questions about the future. The first event is "Team Australia".

    Looking For The Admiral

    The Man Behind The Myth​

    Yi Sun-shin is a greatly respected leader in Korea's history. There is more to be learnt from exploring his life and legacy.

    Emerging Leaders Dialogue

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    An annual forum to engage emerging leaders with new perspectives and relevant skills to expand engagement with Korea further.

    Masters of Iron And Beyond

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    An annual forum examining how engagement can expand into new areas, find new ways to collaborate and identify new growth engines.

    Not Forgotten


    Recognising the sacrifice of veterans from the Korean War. Lest we forget.

    Sadly, their ranks are thinning because of their age.

    On The Brink

    Korean Peninsula

    A statement and a question.

    Is there a role for business relating to security, human rights and the future of the Korean Peninsula?

    Services Roundtable

    A New Growth Engine

    POSCO Chairman Dr Kwon Oh-joon highlights the need identify a new growth engine for tomorrow's success. The services sector is key.  

    FinTech Forum

    Technology and Disruption

    The revolution in banking, finance and regulation remain a key disruptive influence on business, presenting opportunities and challenges.

    Festival Of Innovation

    Ecosystem of Innovation

    The inaugural "Korea Roundtable Festival of Innovation" takes place in the first week of April.

    Get involved!

  • New Era, Next Chapter

    Thoughts, musings, and ruminations on strengthening an ecosystem of innovation between Australia and Korea

  • Looking For The Admiral

    The story of Yi Sun-shin is as amazing as it is inspiring. Matt Jones has researched the life and legacy of Yi Sun-shin in detail, including travelling to the key locations where the Admiral fought during the Imjin Wars.


    We welcome your participation, interest and support of this worthy initiative. Documented by Matt Jones, himself a university trained historian, and prepared for a Western audience many of whom are unfamiliar with Korea and might have never heard of Yi Sun-shin.

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