Harold HyunSuk Oh

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Dr. Harold Hyunsuk Oh
Harold Hyunsuk Oh

Dr. Harold Hyunsuk Oh (Hangul: 오현석 Hanja: 吳 鉉 石) is a Korean-born American academic leader in New York City. He is Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Energy Forum, an international not-for-profit institution that campaigns for energy for all and sustainable development worldwide. He is Founder, President, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Water Organization (WWO), and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and President of Oh Institute of New York, formerly known as New York Institute of Energy and Water, a global institution of research and advanced studies in energy, water, environment, and sustainable development. Dr. Oh has received numerous honors and has been a frequent speaker at academic conferences and high-level international meetings especially at the United Nations in the area of energy, water, environment, and sustainable development.[1] He is publisher of World Energy Monitor and has served and currently serving in the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organizations as well as corporations.

Academic Career

Dr. Oh serves at various universities outside of the United States which include as Honorary Chairman of China Low-Carbon Energy Institute at China University of Mining and Technology and Honorary Chair Professor of International Business at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics.[2] He has also taught at various universities in the United States as a full-time faculty member, including Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Charleston and as even Dean and Professor of Social Science at New York Institute of Technology, and was also a Member of the Board of Trustees of Franklin University. He is an internationally recognized scholar and holds advanced academic degrees from Yale and Cambridge University.

Earlier Life

Dr. Oh was Chairman - CEO of Millennium Petroleum Co., Ltd., which had its operations internationally, including the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Middle East, and Singapore.

Recent Activities

After leading several high-level international energy conferences at the United Nations, Dr. Oh chaired the Organizing Committee of World Energy Forum 2012 that was held on October 22-24 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where heads of states, ministers, and leaders from international organizations and private sector and more than 3,000 delegates representing 89 countries, came together under the slogan of "Safer, Accessible, and Sustainable Energy for All". In Dubai, Dr. Oh proposed that energy access should be a fundamental human right of every person and proclaimed October 22, the Opening Day of World Energy Forum 2012, as World Energy Day to be annually commemorated worldwide and the representatives from 60 governments and intern- governmental organizations have signed. In Dubai, Dr. Oh also initiated Smart Energy Movement (SEM) which envisions a "New Global Energy Civilization, where Energy for All shall be realized".[3]


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