Generation of public-private value through partnerships and collaboration between education content providers and ICT businesses: Evolving ecosystems and challenges

Mr Dong-Wook Lee

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt



This presentation will share evolving business collaborations between global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and one of its ICT partner companies. With an overview of HMH's ongoing transformation to address needs and demand in digital and mobile education through strategic partnerships, the presentation will touch on how content providers and ICT businesses can collaborate in a non-traditional and non-legacy business fashion to generate synergy and evolve ecosystems so as to achieve meaningful impact in the classroom. Furthermore, some of the main challenges being faced to realizing impact will be shared and discussed with the audience.


Dong-Wook Lee is currently Director for Strategic Alliances at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), handling the company’s digital education business development in the Asia-Pacific region. He works with a diverse array of organizations ranging from multinational corporations to education ministries as well as international organizations such as UNESCO. 

Before joining HMH, Dong-Wook was a Senior Associate at KDB Daewoo Securities’ Strategy & Planning Division handling the firm’s sustainability issues, public-private partnerships, and global investment relations. At KDB, he led initiatives to better link the finance business with socio-environmental issues by designing and executing strategies on climate change, human and labor rights and corporate philanthropy. During his tenure, the firm was listed for the first time as one of the World Index members of the Dow Jones Sustainable Index. 

Prior to his career in finance, Dong-Wook worked in the ICT sector as Manager for Global Partnerships and Initiatives at SK Telecom. His work focused on enhancing the education industry with new approaches utilizing on tablet PCs and integrated classroom platforms. 

Mr Lee holds a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University with a concentration in Business-Government Policy. 

During his time in Cambridge, he was a Teaching Fellow in the Harvard Government Department and a Research Associate at the Kennedy School's Ash Institute for Governance and Innovation. Since then, much of his work has focused on social innovation and public-private partnerships in the education space, which aligns with his work at HMH.




Back to top