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Johan Jaehyong Heo

Leaders Asia-Pacific 2022


CEO and Chairperson, Root Impact


Republic of Korea



Johan Jaehyong Heo is the CEO and chairperson of Root Impact, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 that assists impact-driven organizations in growing their businesses, and helps young people pursue high-impact careers by providing relevant career opportunities and experiences. Root Impact has established two co-working spaces that serve over 100 organizations and has converted an industrial area into a social innovation district. Johan also formed the Impact Alliance, which convenes and connects the voices of social enterprises, nonprofits, and impact investors to create change. He has played a leading role in building the social entrepreneurship ecosystem in South Korea, from incubation programs to regulatory changes. Johan believes that everyone has the potential to drive change.