2020 General Meeting

Global Overseas Adoptees’ Link General Meeting

August 24th, 2020



1:30 PM-2:00 PM       Welcome     

2:00 PM-2:10 PM       Elect moderator, Elect minute taker

2:10 PM-2:40 PM       Approve May 30th, 2019 Minutes

                                   Approve Financial Statement 2019

2:40 PM-2:55 PM       Introduction of Board Members and candidates

Additional candidate for the board: Cedric Legrand

Re-election of board members: Matthew Shampine and John Compton 


Introducing the new Chairman of Board:

Chairman Yoo Jae Hoon’s involvement with Korean adoptees began in 1987. While he was in Sweden, he met the first adoptees during a seminar and started to volunteer with translation and interpreting. Since then, he has been interested in supporting and working with Korean adoptees. 

After returning to Korea from the United States in 2008, Chairman Yoo has worked as an advisor for G.O.A.’L. He was later elected to serve on the Board of Directors, where he took part in hiring the secretary generals at G.O.A.’L. 

He worked as a Director-General in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank until November 2019. He has also served in several other positions including CEO of Korea Securities Depository, Standing Commissioner for the Securities and Futures Commission at the Financial Services Commission, and Director General of the Treasury Bureau at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance in Korea. He also worked as an economist at the Asian Development Bank and senior specialist for emerging capital markets at the World Bank Group.

Today, Chairman Yoo is actively involved in supporting G.O.A.’L. and its mission. He is currently helping to revise and draft an updated mission statement. Through his communication with government officials, Chairman Yoo hopes to progress the mission of G.O.A.’L. He also volunteers for administrative tasks in the G.O.A.’L. office while creating and maintaining personal relations with its staff. Within the community, he has helped several adoptees on an individual level and is still interested in supporting adoptee projects when he can. 



Introduction of new Board member:

Cédric Legrand currently serves as general manager of the French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI). His missions include developing economic ties between France and Korea, supporting French and Korean companies to establish and develop their business, animating the French-Korean business community, maintaining a constant dialogue with Korean authorities to ensure a favorable business environment for foreign investors.

Before assuming this role, Cédric worked for 10 years in the automotive industry for the group Renault in Paris. He has occupied various positions in the R&D department, the legal department, and the corporate and strategic planning department. He also served as General Secretary of the French School of Seoul for 4 years. In this position, his responsibilities included human resources, legal affairs, and a project of construction to scale up the school capacity to the increasing French population in Korea.

Cédric was born in South Korea and adopted in France at 2 years old. He graduated, in France, with a Bachelor and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor in Law at the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. He also graduated in Korea with a Master of Law at Seoul National University. With its French-Korean academic background and its dual French-Korean citizenship, Cédric has been actively engaged in building bridges between Europe and Korea.



Re-election of existing Board members:

Matthew Shampine is an entrepreneur and angel investor living in Seoul with his amazing wife, Claudia, and dog, Dubu.

Before making his way back to Korea, he was one of the founding team members of WeWork in New York City. During his 9+ years at the company, Matt worked on many innovative projects and programs. He built V.1 of WeConnect in 2010, which was WeWork’s first platform they used to book conference rooms, handle billing, manage its members, and more. He also co-founded WeWork Labs in 2011. This was WeWork’s startup incubator program that has now evolved to support thousands of early-stage entrepreneurs. 

When Matt first started at WeWork, he was in charge of Business Development and Marketing. He helped to launch their online magazine and establish partnerships with 3rd party organizations to provide services for WeWork members such as health insurance through TriNet, and payment processing with JP Morgan Chase. He also helped to close unique deals like the Columbia Startup Lab with Columbia University, and kickstart WeWork’s social media platforms. 

Matt later relocated to China on 2 weeks notice as a member of a 3-person team to lead WeWork’s expansion in Asia and Australia as Managing Director for APAC. He set up entities, sourced real estate, and hired hundreds of people across the region while supporting the global executive team to secure key funds. Then, on a 1 day notice, he moved to Korea to take over the role as General Manager for WeWork Korea. During his 2+ years with WeWork Korea, they grew to become the largest shared office space in Korea with over 18,000+ members and 19 locations between Seoul and Busan.

Outside of work, Matt is on the Board of Directors for G.O.A.’L., a non-profit organization that supports Korean adoptees. He is also on the Board of Directors for LiNK, another non-profit organization that works directly to support North Korean refugees and change the way the world sees North Korea. Matt also serves as an advisor for the non-profit KSE (Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs), which was set up to support Korean and Korean-American entrepreneurship through community and resources.

Alongside his involvement with non-profit organizations that work with the community in Korea, Matt is an active supporter of various charity programs. Most recently, he helped to publish Thirst in Korea. He is also a recent member of the Board of Governors for AMCHAM Korea where he served as Co-Chairman of the Real Estate and SEM subcommittees and a recent advisor to ERA (Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), an early-stage technology accelerator based in NYC. 



John Compton, became a member of G.O.A.’L. in 2008 and has resided in South Korea since 2009. He began working with the organization in 2011 as the Events Coordinator and the Football Club Captain. He has held several positions including, F-4/Dual Citizenship Director, Birth Family Search, First Trip Home Program Director, Vice Secretary General, and Interim Secretary General.

He has been instrumental in upgrading the organization's IT infrastructure, valued at up to 20 million won, and has volunteered countless hours to the organization and the adoptee community. In 2011 he recovered his Korean citizenship (dual citizenship) with the first 13 adoptees and specializes in working with displaced and deported Korean adoptees. His desire to serve on the Board demonstrates his continued dedication to the organization and the community.

As a member of the Board of Directors, John continues to provide support to actively develop relationships and communication beneficial to G.O.A.'L. Members of the board are ambassadors for the organization, and John's proven leadership and dedication to G.O.A.'L and the adoptee community give him the necessary insight and experience to support the organization's mission across a global platform. 




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