Invited Speakers

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  • Rüdiger FRANK

    University of Vienna
    Head of the Department of East Asia Studies

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    Rüdiger FRANK

    University of Vienna
    Head of the Department of East Asia Studies

    Prof. Rüdiger FRANK holds the Chair in East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna, where he also heads the Department of East Asian Studies. With degrees in Korean Studies, Economics and International Relations from Humboldt University Berlin and Duisburg University, he has been researching Korea and in particular North Korea ever since his first visit there as a language student at Kim Il-sung University in 1991/1992. His last visit was in May 2018. Visiting Professorships include Korea University, Seoul National University, and Columbia University New York.


    Prof. Rüdiger FRANK is a frequent contributor to “38North” and has from 2011-2019 closely cooperated with the World Economic Forum in its various Korea-related Councils. In 2013, the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” listed him as one of the top 50 German economists.


    Prof. Rüdiger FRANK is the author of numerous publications including the bestselling “Nordkorea: Innenansichten eines totalen Staates” (DVA/Random House). His latest book on travel to North Korea has been translated into Korean under the title “북한 여행” (Hankyoreh Publishing Company). His publications are available at https://univie.academia.edu/RuedigerFrank. He can be followed on Twitter under @GTDRP.

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  • FUKAGAWA Yukiko

    Waseda University
    Professor, School of Political Science and Economics

    Parallel Session VII

    FUKAGAWA Yukiko

    Waseda University
    Professor, School of Political Science and Economics

    After undergraduate program at Waseda, Professor FUKAGAWA Yukiko studied at Yale University for her MA in International Development Economics, and finished the Ph.D program at Waseda Graduate School of Business Studies. Her major interest lies in economic development in East Asia, especially Korea. She worked for the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and the Long-Term Credit Bank Research Institute (LTCBR) before joining the faculty member of Aoyama Gakuin University and the University of Tokyo. She came back to Waseda in 2006. She was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University in 2014, and Yonsei University in 2015.


    She engaged in many consultation and advisory activities for the government, such as the Committee for Industrial Structure in the Ministry of Economy and Industry etc. Her recent publication includes "Beyond Abenomics: Japan's integration catch-up and prospects for Japan-UK cooperation", Chatham House, 2019, "Economic Development in East Asia," co-ed with Fumiyasu Mieno, Minerva publication, 2017, "Japan's Future International Cooperation," Nihon Hyoronsha, 2015.

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