Mr. Jong-beom Ham has over 7 years of experience in the field of electricity generation. After graduating from Seoul National University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Ham went on to work for the Korea East-West Power Co., LTD, gaining on-site experience at two coal fired power plant sites in Dangjin and Donghae. He has also taken part in overseas thermal and renewable power projects in the Philippines and in the United States, gaining expertise in both conventional and renewable energy industries. Notably, M&A endeavors with multiple American power plants have led to the success of two takeovers. He went on to spent the next three years in the United States, with his responsibilities of reviewing the takeover of a number of American power assets and closing tax equity financing. As a manager of DAELIM Energy’s Overseas Development Team focusing on the American Market, Mr. Ham is currently in charge of analyzing and optimizing technical data from a commercial standpoint.
"When did you feel the most rewarded for your work and what have you gained personally from your time at DAELIM Energy?"
DAELIM Energy is a young company that is just starting to grow, which means I was fortunate enough to be given many business opportunities and roles in a relatively short amount of time; I believe that this has contributed tremendously to my personal growth. I was lucky to have been a part of many great business opportunities and to have met such great partners to whom I could promote myself. Also, one of my biggest accomplishments to date is having worked with such talented colleagues. I’m also happy to have met people that share my love for sports through the basketball club. I remember our very first official game; I was as nervous and excited about it as my very first date in college. Thanks to the company’s active support of its employees, the bi-weekly basketball meets make me feel like I’m back in college again, stress-free and forget about work even just for a little while.
"You have worked with a number of overseas partners. How would you rate the global competitiveness of yourself and your team?"
Our team has formed a working consortium with our business partner as a minor developer and we are currently working on an IPP project in South America. Generally speaking, a minor shareholder is restricted by the major developer in information sharing and the extent to which it can participate in the project, but our team has been recognized for our capabilities and so we are actively contributing to the business development with an equal partner status. Notably, our team’s financial analyst has assumed a key role in the consortium, and his ideas and opinions have played a crucial role in carrying out the project.
Furthermore, based on the nature of overseas projects, a thorough understanding of the local markets and languages are key elements in gaining a competitive edge. This is especially true for non-English-speaking countries, where linguistic capability is crucial to schedule management and accurate communication. In the South American region we are targeting at present, two of our native Spanish speakers are accurately and efficiently taking care of documentation and communication, preventing unnecessary waste of time and effectively pushing forward with the tasks that need to be done.
Even from my previous job, I’ve had many opportunities to collaborate with foreign IPP companies. I’ve witnessed instances where the history and sheer size of leading global IPP corporations have covered personal shortcomings of employees. Although DAELIM Energy has a short history, I believe that each and every member of our team is just as capable as those working for some of the top players in this industry. That is why I have confidence that we have the edge to compete with any global IPP corporation in the world.