Invited Speakers

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  • CHO Han-Bum

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Senior Research Fellow

    Parallel Session I. Track 1

    CHO Han-Bum

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. CHO Han-Bum is Senior Research Fellow at Korea Institute for National Unification(KINU), Seoul, Korea, since 1991. He received a Ph.D. in sociology at Saint Petersburg State University(Russia) in 1994. His research interests have been on socialist system transition and unification issue at KINU since 1995. Recently he gives lectures at Korea University. He is in charge of DMZ world eco-peace park project at KINU. He successively served as a consultant of the presidential transition committee and government advisory committee. And he served as a Director of Center for Inter-Korean Cooperation Studies at KINU. His major publications include "The Concept and Direction of the New Korean Peninsula Regime", "The Cost and Benefit of Unification on the Korean Peninsula", and "The Basic Idea for DMZ World Eco-Peace Park".

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  • CHO Bong-hyun

    Industrial Bank of Korea Economic Research Institute
    Head

    Parallel Session III

    CHO Bong-hyun

    Industrial Bank of Korea Economic Research Institute
    Head

    Dr. CHO Bong-hyun has for nearly three decades studied the North Korean economy, intrapeninsular relations and the North-South experience and is a specialist in the economics of peace on the Korean peninsula. He currently sits on the President's Northern Economic Cooperation Committee, is a member of the Democratic and Peaceful Unification Advisory Council and co-chairs the Korean Association of North Korean Studies.


    Dr. CHO Bong-hyun received his Ph.D. in economics from Dong-a University in Busan, Korea.

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  • CHO Young-Ju

    Korea Women’s Development Institute
    Associate Research Fellow, Center for Gender Equality Culture and Education

    Parallel Session V. Track 1

    CHO Young-Ju

    Korea Women’s Development Institute
    Associate Research Fellow, Center for Gender Equality Culture and Education

    CHO Young-Ju is associate research fellow at the Center for Gender Equality Culture and Education, Korean Women's Development Institute (KWDI). Prior to joining KWDI, she was a research fellow at the Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Woman's University. She was also a lecturer at Ewha University, Dongguk University and Seoul National University. Her research interests include North Korean women, gender relations in North Korea, women and peace, Korean division-post division and inter-Korean relations.


    CHO Young-Ju has received her M.A in Women's Studies and Ph.D. in North Korean studies from Ewha Woman's University. She was a a research professor at Korean Division-Post Division Research Center at Dongguk University(2014-2015) and Korean Women Institute at Ewha Woman's Universtiy (2012-2013).

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  • CHO Heung Seek

    Korea Institute For Health and Social Affairs
    President

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    CHO Heung Seek

    Korea Institute For Health and Social Affairs
    President

    Dr. CHO Heung Seek is President of the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA). He retired in 2018 from Seoul National University, where he had served for many years as Professor of Social Welfare. Serving now as President of KIHASA, he is committed to: developing social service policies that actually make a difference in people’s quality of life; laying the policy foundation for Inclusive Welfare State; and devising policy instruments that are conducive to peace-making between South and North Koreas and to their integration. During his 27 years of teaching social welfare at Seoul National University, he was both a theoretician responsible for formulating a theoretical framework for “Peace-Welfare State” and a civic practitioner who took active part in social movements for democratization in and outside of the university.


    He is the author of several books on social welfare, and has chaired the Subcommittee on Inclusive Society of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning. He has served as Chairman of the Korean Academy of Social Welfare and also of the Korean Association of Social Policy. He holds a Ph.D. in social welfare from Seoul National University, where he also received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the same field.

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  • CHO HwangHee

    Science and Technology Policy Institute
    President

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    CHO HwangHee

    Science and Technology Policy Institute
    President

    Dr. CHO HwangHee, the President of STEPI, conducted a wide range of science and technology policy projects from the 1990s, including R&D Management, Aerospace, R&D personnel and STI ODA. He also participated in projects as an international researcher at the Institute of Policy Sciences in Japan. These researches not only have realized into a policy but also contributed to the development of organization.


    In particular, Dr. CHO HwangHee suggested the importance of science and technology development for improving the quality of life along with economic growth in 2006; and, consequently he developed and executed an R&D project to improve safety and usability.


    He also did a research on how to verify research integrity and as a result, he demonstrated solutions for ethical issues in research which paved the way for the government to create guidelines for research ethics. In 2009, Dr. CHO HwangHee introduced the concept and designed the project on ICT-based Social Overhead Capital (SOC) to enhance social security and increase comfortability, resulting in creating action programs to support related technology development on government level.


    Moreover, he supported shifting the focus of investment strategy in aerospace sector from development to utilization; and established International Innovation Cooperation Center within STEPI to activate technology cooperation with developing countries.

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  • CHO YongSung

    Korea Energy Economics Institute
    President

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    CHO YongSung

    Korea Energy Economics Institute
    President

    Yongsung Cho is President of the Korea Energy Economics Institute since July 2018. Currently, he also serves as a member of the Committee on Green Growth Korea and a member of the National Environmental Policy Council under the Korean Ministry of Environment, and its division chairperson on climate change and air quality. In 1996, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota at St. Paul, USA.


    Previously, he was a professor of Department of Food & Resource Economics, Korea University (2000-18), and an adjunct professor of Green School, which is co-operated by Korea University (KU) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KIST). He also served as a vice president for Development and External Affairs, Korea University (2011-13), and a Director of Korea University's Institute of Life Science and Natural Resources, and a Director of Energy Research Center of Seoul Energy Corporation. His research interest is on energy and climate policy in Korea in comparative context, with particular reference to East Asia including China and Japan. More specifically, he has been conducting research on emission trading scheme and the development/deployment of cleaner and more efficient renewable energy technologies and policy measures.


    Between 2006 and 2016, he led a ten-year research project on Climate Change Specialization Program with the support of the Ministry of Environment. He was a two time recipient of the Minister of Environment’s Award on 2007 and 2014.

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  • CHO ChoongJae

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    Senior Director General

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    CHO ChoongJae

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
    Senior Director General

    CHO Choongjae is Senior Director General of the Research Planning & Coordination Department at the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP). He is also Vice President for the Korean Association of Indian Social Science Research (KAISSR) and a board member of the Institute of Indian Studies Korea (IISK). He is currently an advisor of the Presidential Committee on New Southern Policy on India and the Parliamentary Diplomacy Forum on South Asia. In addition, he is a regional expert on India of the National Assembly Futures Institute in Korea.

    Dr. CHO Choongjae was an adjunct professor for the Graduate School of at Sogang University and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Korea and taught the Indian economy. He was head of the South Asia Team at KIEP. Prior to joining KIEP he was a research fellow at Daewoo Economic Research Institute and Lotte Economic Research Institute. He also worked for the Seoul Economic Daily as a reporter. He is an expert on Indian Economy and the economic cooperation between Korea and India.


    Dr. CHO Choongjae holds a Ph.D in Economics from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. He was a visiting scholar at Claremont Graduate University in the USA.


    He co-wrote several books such as "Integrating South and East Asia," "Forty Years of India-Korea Relations and Looking Ahead" and "Korea-India Deepening Partnership for the 21st Century," and published papers such as "Analysis of Relationship between Urbanization and Economic Growth in India and Assessment" and "Outlook of South Asian Regional Economic Integration." He has published more than 30 policy research reports such as "The 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy and Cooperation in Asian Major Countries," "China, India and Singapore, Indian Modi Government’s Economic Development Policy" and "Implication for Cooperation between Korea and India" from 1993 to the present as the project manager.

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  • CHOI Shing Kwok

    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) -Yusof Ishak Institute
    Director

    Parallel Session VII

    CHOI Shing Kwok

    Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) -Yusof Ishak Institute
    Director

    CHOI Shing Kwok is currently the Director of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute. Before his retirement from the civil service, he was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (MEWR) for 5 years from July 2012. He also served 7 years as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and 9 years as Director of the Security & Intelligence Division in the Ministry of Defence.


    He obtained his Bachelor and Master's degrees in Engineering Tripos from Cambridge University in 1981 and 1985 respectively. He also received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University in 1994 as an Edward Mason Fellow.


    During his military career, CHOI Shing Kwok held a variety of command and staff appointments in the SAF. Promoted to Brigadier-General in 1996, he took early retirement from the SAF in 2000 and was absorbed into the Administrative Service. CHOI Shing Kwok has also held a variety of board appointments in public and private sector entities in the past and is currently a board member of Singapore Power Limited.


    While in the SAF, CHOI Shing Kwok received the SAF Command Appointment Award in 1989 and the Public Administration Medal (Silver) in 1993. For his distinguished service in the Ministry of Defence, he received the Meritorious Service Medal in 2000.

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  • CHOI Changyong

    KDI School of Public Policy and Management
    Professor

    Parallel Session V. Track 2

    CHOI Changyong

    KDI School of Public Policy and Management
    Professor

    Dr. CHOI Changyong is Professor at the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, South Korea. He earned a PhD from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He served as Director of Policy Consultation and Evaluation of the Center for International Development(CID) at the KDI and was in charge of numerous KSP projects for many partner countries.


    His expertise covers democratization and market development in developing and former communist countries, governance reform, and international relations and development cooperation. He published a number of articles on the following issues: “Everyday Politics in North Korea" in Journal of Asian Studies, “The Dilemmas of Dependency: A Controversial Role of China in North Korea’s Economic Transformation” in Asian Survey, “A Semantic Network Analysis of Changes in North Korea’s Economic Policy” in Governance: An International Journal of Policy, Administration, and Institutions.

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  • CHOI Dong Jin

    Korea Research Institute for Environment and Development
    Director

    Parallel Session II. Track 1

    CHOI Dong Jin

    Korea Research Institute for Environment and Development
    Director

    CHOI Dong Jin is the president of the Korea Research Institute for Environment and Development (KRIED), and director of Climate Change Action Institute.


    As the representative of the KRIED, he conducts research on sustainable development and environmental preservation, and his long-standing specialty is water management policy. In addition to policy research, he conducts various activities such as dissemination of appropriate technologies to solve domestic and foreign water problems. Sustainable management of inter-Korean shared rivers and environmental protection systems in the border region, including the DMZ, are one of the main concerns.


    Currently, he is Director of Climate Change Action Institute, a non-profit organization, working on research and cooperation activities to cope with climate change. He graduated from Seoul National University and KAIST, studied water resource policy at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, and since 2004, has established and operated an independent private research institute.

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  • CHOI Jeong Pyo

    Korea Development Institute
    President

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    CHOI Jeong Pyo

    Korea Development Institute
    President

    Currently the President of Korea Development Institute (KDI) and KDI School of Public Policy and Management, CHOI Jeong Pyo served as Dean of the College of Economics & Commerce at Konkuk University and six years as the Non-standing Commissioner of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC). He was also an assistant professor at Washington & Jefferson College, visiting professor at The University of Tokyo, and an economics professor at Konkuk University.


    Dr. CHOI Jeong Pyo received his Ph.D. in economics from State University of New York at Binghamton and B.A. in economics from Sung Kyung Kwan University. His research encompasses industrial organization, economics of regulation and international trade and finance. 
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  • CHU Jangmin

    Korea Environment Institute
    Head of Korean Peninsula Environmental Information Center

    Parallel Session II. Track 1

    CHU Jangmin

    Korea Environment Institute
    Head of Korean Peninsula Environmental Information Center

    Dr. Jang Min CHU is the Head of the Korean Peninsula Environmental Information Center under the Division for International Cooperation at Korea Environment Institute (KEI), and served as Vice President of the institute from December 2017 to February 2019.


    Since February 2019, he has been on the Subcommittee on Scientific and International Cooperation of the Special Committee on air pollution which is under the direct control of the Prime Minister, and since May, he has been working as an expert committeeman of the International Cooperation Committee under the National Council on Climate Change and Air Quality. He was also a member of the Central Committee on Environmental Policy under the Ministry of Environment from September 2015 to August 2017, and has been working as a member of the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation Committee of the Korea Meteorological Administration since April 2013 to this day. Dr. CHU received his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Peking University in 2002.


    He had published a great number of research reports on the environmental status in North Korea and inter-Korean environmental cooperation, such as "Diagnosis on Environmental Problems of North Korea and Inter-Korean Cooperation Measures to Improve Environment in Preparation for Reunification" (2016), "A Study on the Current State of Streams in North Korea and Measures for Sustainable Use I, II" (2014-2015), and "A Study on Promoting Green Détente for the Korean Peninsula" (2013).

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  • CHUN Jaekyong

    Social Capital Institute
    President

    Parallel Session VI

    CHUN Jaekyong

    Social Capital Institute
    President

    Dr. CHUN Jaekyong is now CEO of the Social Capital Institute (cooperative), and also acts as a member of the Regulatory Reform Committee under the President of the Republic of Korea as well as a chair of the Appraisal Committee for the Ministry of Environment.


    Dr. CHUN Jaekyong had worked for the Korea Legislation Research Institute under the Prime Minister's Office from 1990 to 2014 and then taught students of Seoul National University, Korea, as an Adjunct Professor from 2014 to 2018.


    Dr. CHUN Jaekyong got his Master's Degree with the thesis of public nuisance (so-called Immission in Germany legal system) and then got his Ph.D. with the thesis of the Due Process of Law at Dong-guk University, Seoul, Korea.

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  • Marielza COUTO E SILVA DE OLIVEIRA

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    Director

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    Marielza COUTO E SILVA DE OLIVEIRA

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
    Director

    Dr. Marielza OLIVEIRA is currently the Director of the UNESCO Office in Beijing starting from 1 December 2015.


    In July 2009, Dr. Marielza OLIVEIRA was seconded to the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva (Switzerland), serving as Associate Director for Governance responsible for policy and strategic direction in e-governance, local development and public finance and trade. She returned to the UNDP Executive Office in New York in November 2010 as Advisor for Results, and in October 2014 was appointed Manager of the Performance Monitoring and Analytics Team, responsible for corporate-wide results analytics supporting strategic decision processes and reporting.


    Dr. Marielza OLIVEIRA concomitantly acted as Chair of the UN Strategic Planning Network; as member of the Joint Inspection Unit’s Ad Hoc Advisory Group on RBM; and as Observer to the Inter-Agency Expert Group on Indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals. She is the holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (1984) from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte (Brazil), a Master of Science in Finance (1990) and a Ph.D. in Business Administration (1995) obtained from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA.

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