Eugene Yi is a creative executive with experience in media technology, entertainment, non-profits, government and academic research.
🎥 Content & Software
Eugene is currently Vice President of Creative Development & Strategy at Emmy Award-winning Kuku Studios developing animated feature films. Previously, he was the Director of Product at Hawkfish building tech infrastructure for the Democrats in the 2020 U.S. presidential cycle. He was the Head of Asia Public Policy at Twitter from 2013 to 2016 helping launch new Asian markets and developing the company's corporate social responsibility mission.
🏫 Civic Infrastructure
Eugene is Co-founder, Board Director, and former President of Cortico, a non-profit in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab. He designed technologies paired with human practices to launch Electome, a tool for journalists during the 2016 U.S. presidential cycle. He co-founded and designed the Local Voices Network, a social dialogue network aiming to bring underheard voices to the center of a stronger public dialogue.
🇺🇸 Politics & Policy
Eugene has applied his digital content and technology expertise in several U.S. political campaigns (presidential, senatorial, and state house), including as National Digital Director for Mike Bloomberg 2020. He served in the U.S. Department of State at Embassy Beijing as a Political Officer covering Internet freedom and in the U.S. Department of Defense as a Country Director for China and Korea at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Policy.
Eugene received his Bachelor of Arts and Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University, School of Public and International Affairs. He was a Visiting Researcher at the MIT Media Lab from 2016 to 2020 and is currently pursuing a part-time Doctor of Philosophy at Oxford University, Oxford Internet Institute.
He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, Asia 21 Young Leader at the Asia Society, and Google Next Gen Fellow. He is a daily runner, cyclist, and swimmer, and lives in London with his wife and daughter.