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Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program to Launch at Johns Hopkins SAIS in June 2024

Washington, D.C. – April 30, 2024 - The Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program, announced by the White House at the Trilateral Leaders’ Summit at Camp David in August 2023, is set to commence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in June 2024. Co-hosted by the Chey Institute for Advanced Studies, with founding sponsors including the NEC Corporation and Google, this three-week leadership development program will bring together mid-career government professionals from the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea for intensive training and collaboration.

“Understanding today’s rapidly advancing technologies and their policy implications serves as a foundation for our next generation of leaders to make critical decisions about how the technologies of the future should be governed,” explained Yoosuk KIM, President, Chey Institute for Advanced Studies. “The Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program will provide opportunities for up-and-coming leaders to learn about today’s emerging technologies so that they can safely navigate the global challenges of tomorrow.” 

Designed to address the urgent need for effective governance of emerging technologies, the program will provide participants with advanced leadership skills and a deep understanding of global technological trends and policy-making frameworks. Fellows will engage in classroom sessions and co-curricular activities led by experts from SAIS and other divisions of Johns Hopkins, as well as distinguished figures from the policy and tech communities. 

Over the course of three weeks, participants will delve into key themes shaping the governance of emerging technologies, including semiconductors, artificial intelligence, quantum technology, biotechnology, cybersecurity, space exploration, and more. The program will emphasize interdisciplinary thinking, enabling participants to develop strategies for addressing the ethical, societal, and policy implications of technological advancements. 

“With the world increasingly connected through open networks, we face significant opportunities and risks in both the physical and cyber worlds,” said Shigehiro Tanaka, Corporate Senior Executive Vice President NEC Corporation. “Bringing together public policy officials from three major Trans-Pacific, like-minded countries—Republic of Korea, the United States, and Japan—to learn, discuss, collaborate, and cooperate on the social implementation and governance of advanced technologies is significant. We have high expectations for the future success and advancement of this program.”

Week one will focus on a rigorous introduction to technical foundations with leading scientists, engineers, and technical experts providing important insight. In week two, participants will engage in discussions with policy experts from Johns Hopkins SAIS, the White House, the Biden Administration, NGOs, and think tanks to explore the national and international policy implications of emerging technologies. The final week, held in Silicon Valley, will provide participants with hands-on experience through visits to entrepreneurs and industry leaders, AI labs, semiconductor firms, space pioneers, and university experts.

"Emerging technologies such as AI and quantum computing promise to deliver enormous benefits to humanity and require sound governance frameworks," said Karan Bhatia, Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google. "The Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program will prepare rising leaders as they work to advance public policies that maximize technology's potential to solve big societal challenges, while minimizing its risks."

The Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program is spearheaded at SAIS through the Emerging Technologies Initiative—a university-wide platform launched in 2023 and dedicated to exploring transformative technologies and their profound implications on global affairs. Building on the heritage of Johns Hopkins University as the United States’ first research university, the initiative ties the wealth of emerging scientific and technological research to emerging policy issues at the national and international level, through numerous convenings of students and alumni and educational programs such as the Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program. 

“The rapid advance of emerging technologies will have a profound impact on every aspect of government policy,” said SAIS Dean Jim Steinberg. “Today’s decision makers need sophisticated understanding of the opportunities and challenges these technologies pose. This program will significantly enhance the capacity of the three governments to meet the needs of their citizens and enhance their ability to collaborate with each other.”

About the Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program:

The Trilateral Technology Leaders Training Program is a collaborative initiative co-hosted by Johns Hopkins SAIS and the Chey Institute, with founding sponsors including the NEC Corporation and Google. The program aims to equip mid-career government professionals from the United States, Japan, and the Republic of Korea with advanced leadership skills and a deep understanding of global technological trends and policy-making frameworks. For more information, visit the program website

Johns Hopkins SAIS

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. For more information, visit 

Founding Sponsors:

Chey Institute for Advanced Studies 
The Chey Institute for Advanced Studies is a knowledge-sharing platform established in October 2018 to honor the 20th anniversary of the passing of CHEY Jong-hyon, the former Chairman of SK Group. The Chey Institute is committed to analyzing various geopolitical risks surrounding the Korean Peninsula, and exploring opportunities and obstacles posed by scientific innovation. Modern society faces a wide array of risks and opportunities caused by a rapidly transforming world. The Chey Institute is committed to identifying and analyzing these risks and opportunities, and offering practical ways to resolve or deal with them so that the world can better prepare for the future. Specifically, the Chey Institute seeks to identify geopolitical risks that threaten regional and global stability, investigate opportunities and challenges posed by scientific innovation, and help generate and disseminate new knowledge to the world. In the process, the Chey Institute will partner with leading academic institutions, research organizations, and think tanks around the world to establish a global network of top thinkers and groups working to solve the challenges of this century. For more information, visit

NEC Corporation 
NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at

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