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  • KANG Soon-won

    Hanshin University
    Professor

    Parallel Session IV

    KANG Soon-won

    Hanshin University
    Professor

    KANG Soon-won is a professor in the department of Psychology and Child, Hanshin University, South Korea, teaching Global citizenship education, Peace education against school violence, Youth education, and human rights education. She obtained her Ph.D at Ewha Woman's University, South Korea with the dissertation of Analysis of Over-education in the 1970s from the perspective of political economy in 1988. She was dean of graduate school of education, Hanshin University, a member of international advisory committee of UNESCO APCEIU, a member of presidential advisory committee of education during the Kim Daejung government 1998-2002 in South Korea, president of Korean Society of Education for International Understanding, and now being president of Conflict resolution and dialogue (NGO).


    She wrote books, such as Education in the Capitalist Society, Political Economy of Korean Education, Education for Peace and Human Rights, Peer Mediation, A Journey to Alternative Schools, Reflective Sociology of Education, A Journey to the integrated schools in Northern Ireland. Articles in English are The limit and possibilities of unification education as peace education beyond division in South Korea, and Multicultural education and the rights to education of migrant children in South Korea, etc.

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  • KANG Woo-Chul

    Korea Eximbank
    Senior Research Fellow, Research Institute for North Korea and Northeast Asia Development

    Parallel Session V. Track 2

    KANG Woo-Chul

    Korea Eximbank
    Senior Research Fellow, Research Institute for North Korea and Northeast Asia Development

    Dr. KANG is a senior research fellow of the Research Institute for North Korea and Northeast Asia Development [RINK] of Korea Export-Import [KEXIM] Bank. He is a member of the Korean Association for International Development and Cooperation, the Korean Association of International Studies, and the Korean Association of Contemporary Japanese Studies. Dr. KANG has been a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC, and at the Institute of Social Sciences Sogang University.


    RINK provides advice on national policies to the government and other concerned parties, drawing on KEXIM bank’s expertise in financing large-scale overseas projects, knowhow from the Economic Development Cooperation Fund, and experience of operating the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund on behalf of the government. In this context, RINK’s research activities span multiple areas, such as promoting development cooperation concerning North Korea and creating strategies to mobilize financing for North Korean and Northeast Asian development.


    Dr. KANG has conducted wide research on the political economy of development in South Korea and Japan. His primary research focuses on development cooperation concerning North Korea and financing for sustainable development. He has published articles discussing Asian donor countries’ development policies. He received his MA and PhD from Keio University in Japan.

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  • KANG Hayun

    Korea Information Society Development Institute
    Research Fellow, Center for ICT Trade / Inter-Korean Cooperation Research

    Parallel Session III

    KANG Hayun

    Korea Information Society Development Institute
    Research Fellow, Center for ICT Trade / Inter-Korean Cooperation Research

    Dr. KANG Hayun is a research fellow of the Center for ICT Trade and Inter-Korean Cooperation Research at the Korea Information Society Development Institute (KISDI). KISDI is a governmentaffiliated policy research institute, in Korea, focusing on socio-economic aspects of broadcasting as well as telecommunications, and international cooperation.


    Dr. KANG's main research interests are in trade rules of the digital economy, inter-Korean cooperation in ICT matters, ICT policy development of developing countries. She served as expert adviser and negotiator for the Korean government for various international trade agreements such as the Korea-US FTA, Korea-China FTA as well as participated in WTO trade in services negotiations. She has shared Korea's experience in trade liberalization and economic growth with developing countries at international events hosted by UNCTAD, APEC-TEL and other international bodies. Currently Dr. KANG is engaged in research on inter-Korean co-operation in the area of 4th Industrial Revolution.


    Dr. KANG is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, Canada, and completed Ph.D. in international relations at Northwestern University, USA. She has ministerial citations from the Ministry of Information and Communications, Ministry of Finance and Economy and from the Korea Communications Commission, Republic of Korea.

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  • Kevin KESTER

    Keimyung University
    Assistant Professor

    Parallel Session IV

    Kevin KESTER

    Keimyung University
    Assistant Professor

    Kevin KESTER is Assistant Professor of International Education and Global Affairs at Keimyung University in Daegu, Korea, and regular consultant with UNESCO, UNODC, and UPEACE. He researches and teaches the sociology and politics of education and global affairs with a focus on comparative and international education; education, conflict, and peacebuilding; the global governance of education in conflict-affected contexts; higher education peace and conflict studies; and social theory (de/postcolonial and postmodern thought, and critical pedagogy). His current research examines diffractive methodologies, posttruth, transrational perspectives, and decolonizing higher education. He was previously Postdoctoral Research Associate and Joint Director of Studies for Education at Queens' College, University of Cambridge.


    Kevin KESTER's recent work is published in journals such as Educational Philosophy & Theory; Teaching in Higher Education; Globalisation, Societies & Education; and Journal of Peace Education. His forthcoming book, The United Nations and Higher Education: Peacebuilding, Social Justice and Global Cooperation for the 21st Century, will be published by Information Age Publishing in their Peace Education Series in 2019. Kevin KESTER completed his PhD and postdoctoral work at Cambridge University, and graduate degrees at Columbia University and the University of Toronto. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Yale University and Seoul National University, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Hargeisa, Somaliland.

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  • KIM Seok Hwan

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
    Visiting Research Fellow

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    KIM Seok Hwan

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
    Visiting Research Fellow

    Professor KIM Seok Hwan is a Visiting Research Fellow at KIEP, and also a Visiting Professor at Hankuk Univ. of Foreign Studies. He had formerly served as a long time journalist at JoongAng Ilbo. He served two terms as a Moscow correspondent, and has been active for many years as an editor of world affairs, and editorial writer.


    He also served as an advisor to ‘National Security Council’, and a member of ‘Presidential Committee of Policy Planning’. Vice Chairmen of ‘Committee of Reconciliation and Cooperation between South Korea and North Korea’ for the Parliamentary (National Assembly) Speaker. Professor KIM also served for the Korean government as a senior press secretary to the Prime Minister. After that he worked as a research fellow at KIET, and Vice President of Ju Sung Univ. His main research interests include international politics and security, Eurasian and Russian politics and security issues.


    His recent publications include: ‘Eurasia and Korea Peninsular 2030’ (2014, HUFS) ‘A Study on Trilateral Economic Cooperation Strategy between Two Korea and Russia’ (2014, KIET) ‘Post-soviet 20 Years, The Future of Central Asia’ (2011, KIEP), ‘Russian National Strategy and ROK-Russian Strategic Partnership in the 21st Century’ (2010, KINU) etc.

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  • KIM Jung Hai

    Government Research Bureau Korea Institute of Public Administration
    Head

    Parallel Session I. Track 2

    KIM Jung Hai

    Government Research Bureau Korea Institute of Public Administration
    Head

    Dr. KIM Jung Hai, an expert in the field of Public Management, has carried out professional research in the fields of public management such as organizational diagnosis & management, regulatory innovation, and contracting-out.

    Dr. KIM is currently a head of Government Research Bureau at Korea Institute of Public Administration (KIPA) where she involves in research on public management, government innovation, regulatory innovation, evaluation, social cohesion, disaster & safety.

    She has been an Advisory Board member of the Fair Trade Commission for 16 years since 2005, and won the Presidential National Package for her contribution to improve the fair trade system in Korea. In addition, she was honored with the Ministerial Award for her contribution to the fair economy and improve the organizational culture of the Fair Trade Commission.

    Dr. KIM has served as an advisory member of the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Unification since 2012.

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  • KIM Philo

    Seoul National University
    Associate Professor, Institute for Peace / Unification Studies

    Parallel Session IV

    KIM Philo

    Seoul National University
    Associate Professor, Institute for Peace / Unification Studies

    KIM Philo is Associate Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. He received his Ph.D in Sociology from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA.


    Professor KIM had formerly served as a Senior Fellow and Director of North Korean Studies Division at a government funded research institute KINU (Korea Institute for National Unification), and also served as President of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies, and an Advisory Committee Member in the Ministry of Unification, Ministry of Defense, National Intelligence Service, etc.


    He is the author of "Reading North Korea by Chosun Korea" (2016) and "Dreaming Unification Again" (2017).

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  • KIM Jeongwon

    Korean Educational Development Institute
    Director-General, Future Education Research Division

    Parallel Session IV

    KIM Jeongwon

    Korean Educational Development Institute
    Director-General, Future Education Research Division

    Dr. KIM Jeongwon is the Director-General of the Korean Development Institute’s Future Education Research Division, supporting various research and projects that envision and implement future education that include global education cooperation, lifelong education, unification education and digital education.


    Dr. KIM, who majored in sociology of education, received a Ph.D. with a qualitative research on the relationship between school class and social class - in particular, how school classes are inadvertently related to the reproduction of social inequalities.


    In 1998, she became a Research Fellow at the Korean Educational Development Institute. In the early years at KEDI, she developed a qualitative school evaluation model in which the evaluator and the subject of evaluation share information in a mutually equal relationship, and was the first in Korea to conduct a qualitative school evaluation at a national level. Since then, she has been leading education welfare researches about the marginalized class such as the children of foreign workers, poor children and young North Korean defectors. Recently, she has been preparing for educational exchanges with comparative studies between South and North Korea education. She served as the President of the Korean Society for Sociology of Education and as the President of the Korean Association for Unification Education during 2017-2018.

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  • KIM Eunju

    Center for Korean Women and Politics
    Executive Director

    Parallel Session V. Track 1

    KIM Eunju

    Center for Korean Women and Politics
    Executive Director

    Director KIM Eunju, recognized as an expert on gender politics, democratic civic education, and inter-Korean relations, currently heads the Center for Korean Women and Politics, which conducts research and education to expand the political representation of Korean women, serves as a unification policy advisor at the Unification Ministry, a standing member of the National Unification Advisory Council, and a member of the Korean civic education Institute for Democracy of the National Election Commission.


    Director KIM's 32-year career as a researcher and activist in women's politics has greatly contributed to the reform of the legal system for expanding women's participation in the development of Korean democracy. Since 2010, she has demonstrated the importance of democratic citizenship education for North Korean refugee women as a new citizen in South Korea and has been running a democratic citizenship education program for North Korean refugee women. From 2014 to the present, she has been proposing policies to expand inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation and build a peace regime as members of the Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation, the National Unification Advisory Council, and the Unification Ministry. From 2008 to 2013, she served as a member of Future Vision Advisory Committee for Women and Children of the Chairman of the National Assembly, the Prime Minister's Committee on Women's Policy Coordination, and the Women's Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.


    Before starting the director of the Center for Korean Women and Politics in 2007, she was a member of the Women's Policy Research Committee at Daejeon Metropolitan City. In 2013 and 2014, she wrote a column about Parity and Unification in Women's newspaper. She graduated from Ewha Womans University and completed a doctoral course of political science at the same university.


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  • KIM Jeongsoo

    Women Making Peace
    Standing Representative

    Parallel Session V. Track 1

    KIM Jeongsoo

    Women Making Peace
    Standing Representative

    KIM Jeongsoo is currently the standing representative of Women Making Peace, Republic of Korea.


    She has been involved in women's peace movement for 30 years. As a peace activist and scholar, she has focused on Peace Education and its relationship with education for reunification published several books and manuals on this area. She was the chief secretary for the First Lady of ROK and participated in the 2nd South-North Korean Summit in 2007.


    She is now working as a civilian advisor for the Ministry of Gender Equality (for UNSCR 1325), the Ministry of Unification (for South-North Exchange and Cooperation Fund), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (for Action with Women and Peace) and Kyunggi-Province (for Peace and Cooperation Policy). She has also been serving as a senior advisor of the President of South Korea for the South and North Summit since 2018. She is also the standing representative of women's committee of the Southern Committee on June 15th Joint Declaration.


    Her organization Women Making Peace was established in 1997, whose founding members were leaders of women's peace and unification movement in South Korea, and they are the first civilian leaders who went to North Korea across the DMZ to participate in the 3rd Seminar on Peace in North East Asia and Women's Role held in Pyeongyang, the capital of North Korea in 1992.


    Since its establishment in 1997, Women Making Peace has been a leading group in women's peace movement in South Korea in South-North Korean women's exchange, disarmament, peace education and conflict resolution programs at schools and local communities, and international solidarity for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Women Making Peace is also one of 4 South Korean women's organizations working with Women Cross DMZ, Nobel Women's Initiative, and WILPF(Women's International League for Peace and Freedom) for the Korea Peace Now Campaign, a global campaign to end the Korean War and bring a Peace Treaty until the year of 2020.

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  • KIM Booyuel

    KDI School of Public Policy and Management
    Assistant Professor, Development Policy

    Parallel Session V. Track 2

    KIM Booyuel

    KDI School of Public Policy and Management
    Assistant Professor, Development Policy

    KIM Booyuel is an Assistant Professor of KDI (Korea Development Institute) School of Public Policy and Management. Previously he worked as a postdoctoral research scholar at the Earth Institute, Columbia University. His research is focused on education, health and rural development issues in developing countries through lab-in-the-field experiment approach. He received his B.A. in Economics from Handong University, South Korea in 2002, and obtained his Master of International Affairs and Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in 2009 and 2014, respectively.

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  • KIM Young-hoon

    Korea Rural Economic Institute
    Research Director, Center for Trade and Northeast Asian Research

    Parallel Session II. Track 2

    KIM Young-hoon

    Korea Rural Economic Institute
    Research Director, Center for Trade and Northeast Asian Research

    Dr. KIM Young-hoon is recognized as an expert of North Korea's agriculture, inter-Korean agricultural cooperation and unification agriculture and served as the president of forum on peaceful unification in the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC)'s Jeonnam Provincial Chapter.


    Before KREI's relocation in Naju, Jeonnam County, he was involved in various activities for South Korea's governmental Committees from the early 2000s to 2017. He served as a member of the Economic Division on the Presidential Committee on Preparing Unification (2014-2017), a standing committee member of the Planning Division and the Economic Division in NUAC (2009-2017), and a member of the Advisory Committee in the Ministry of Unification (2011 and 2015).


    Over roughly 30 years of professional experience in KREI, Dr. KIM Young-hoon worked as the Director of the International Agricultural Research Department and Global Cooperation Research Department respectively. From the mid-1990s, he began to research on the areas of North Korea's agriculture and cooperation, and prior to that, he carried out research on forestry economics and land economics.


    He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Korea University.

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  • KIM Kwan-Ho

    Rural Research Institute / Unification Agriculture Research Department / Korea Rural Community Corporation
    Senior Research

    Parallel Session II. Track 2

    KIM Kwan-Ho

    Rural Research Institute / Unification Agriculture Research Department / Korea Rural Community Corporation
    Senior Research

    In addition to his fellowship, Dr. KIM Kwan-Ho also serves as an advisor on the Inter-Korean Exchange and Cooperation to the Ministry of Unification, establishing a variety of networks related to North Korea's agriculture and performing prolific activities.


    He focused on research to design practical and detailed plans in preparation for implementing inter-Korean projects, such as the maintenance of agricultural production base in North Korea and agricultural development and cooperation. He also analyzed the current status of North Korea's agricultural production base and land use by utilizing satellite imagery and digital topographic maps of the areas that are inaccessible. He proposed a number of measures for inter-Korean agricultural development and cooperation, especially on models for neighbouring areas of special economic zones and economic development zones (agricultural development zones). Dr. KIM Kwan-Ho demonstrated his strong interest in human rights and quality of life of people living in North Korea, particularly by conducting research on improvement of rural living environments in North Korea.


    He graduated from Kangwon National University Graduate School with a major in Agricultural Equipments and Structures.

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  • KIM Yeon Chul

    Ministry of Unification
    Minister

    Plenary Session

    KIM Yeon Chul

    Ministry of Unification
    Minister

    KIM Yeon Chul is the Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Sungkyunkwan University. He worked as Chief Researcher at Samsung Economic Research Institute and Research Professor at the Asiatic Research Institute (ARI), Korea University. He also served as Policy Advisor to the 31st Minister of Unification and as a Professor at Inje University from 2010.


    Since April 2018, Minister KIM worked as the President of Korea Institute for National Unification until his appointment as the Minister of Unification since May 2019. His books include "Dialogue of the Past 70 Years: Re-evaluating the History of Inter-Korean Relations" (Changbi, 2018), and "The Strategy of Negotiation" (Humanist, 2016), among others.

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  • KIM Dae Hee

    Korea Information Society Development Institute
    President

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    KIM Dae Hee

    Korea Information Society Development Institute
    President

    KIM Dae-hee is the president of KISDI, Korea Information Society Development Institute, a government-affiliated think-tank for ICT Policies. Appointed in March 2017 as the president, he seeks to contribute to finding ICT policy measures and to the development of national economy in the era of so-called “4th Industrial Revolution”.


    He was a Commissioner of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), from November 2012 to March 2014. He spent most of his career as a government official working for the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), the former KCC. His major positions were Assistant Chairman responsible for planning and coordination, and Director General for consumer policy and ICT Cooperation. He once served at the Korean Embassy to Washington D.C. as information and communications counselor. He also served at the Presidential Office three separate times.


    Born in Korea in 1960, KIM Dae-hee is a graduate of SungKyunKwan University(BA), Seoul National University(MPA) and Carleton University of Ottawa(MPA). He is married with one daughter and one son.

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  • KIM Hong Sang

    Korea Rural Economic Institute
    President

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    KIM Hong Sang

    Korea Rural Economic Institute
    President

    Dr. KIM Hong Sang conducted research on the introduction of the farmland banking system and related policies, and contributed to institutionalizing the system. He also served as an Auditor at the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and a taskforce member of the agricultural policy reform at the Presidential Committee on Policy Planning, and worked for the Presidential Advisory Committee on Sustainable Development. For his substantial contributions toward the nation’s development, he was awarded the Order of Civil Merit, Magnolia Medal in 2018. He worked as an expert member on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Rural Development in 1994.


    After joining the Korea Rural Economic Institute that same year, Dr. KIM Hong Sang carried out various policy studies on agriculture and rural areas, in the following positions: Director of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policy Research, Director of Office Planning and Coordination, Chairperson of the Committee on Research Evaluation, etc. 


    He holds a B.A., a M.A., and a Ph.D. in Economics from Seoul National University.

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  • KIM Oh Seok

    Korea Environment Institute
    Research Fellow

    Parallel Session II. Track 1

    KIM Oh Seok

    Korea Environment Institute
    Research Fellow

    Dr. Oh Seok KIM is an expert on the Korean Demilitarized Zone and favors spatial analysis and geographical information systems. His pioneering work, collaborated with the German research institute, entitled Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, has provided valuable insights to the DMZ. The research compares the landscape of DMZ to that of Germany’s Green Belt (Grünes Band Deutschland). As the Green Belt is considered one of the most successful environmental restoration cases in the world, the research takes advantage of the German case study to benefit future DMZ. Aside from this international cooperation, Dr. KIM is involved in numerous DMZ projects by Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Unification, Gyeonggi Province, National Institute of Ecology, Korean Institute for National Unification, and more.


    Before joining the Korea Environment Institute, Dr. KIM studied environmental impacts of Chinese border regions at Peking University, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Korea University as Visiting Scholar and Research Professor. Dr. KIM holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from Clark University and the University of Southern California, respectively, and studied Geography and Statistics at Korea University.

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  • KIM Young Joo

    Korea International Trade Association
    President

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    KIM Young Joo

    Korea International Trade Association
    President

    On November 16, 2017, Mr. Young Ju KIM was appointed as Chairman & CEO of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA), a major economic organization which provides trade advocacy for over 70,000 member companies with the objective of advancing the Korean economy through global trade. He was Chairman of the Heart to Heart Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering marginalized children and communities in 2017, and a Visiting Professor at the Graduate School of Economics at Yonsei University from 2009 to 2017. Also, he was a former Senior Advisor for Shin & Kim, one of Korea’s most prestigious law firms, from 2008 to 2017.


    For more than 30 years, Mr. KIM has held key roles in the Korean government’s economic policy planning and coordination. He began his civil service career in 1975 at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, moving through the ranks as Public Information Officer, Deputy Director General for the Social Affairs Budget, and Director General of the Fiscal Planning Bureau.


    Throughout his illustrious career in government, Mr. KIM has received numerous awards and honors, including citations from the Finance Minister (1977) and Prime Minister (1985), the Red Stripes Order of Service Merit (2000), and the Blue Stripes Order of Service Merit (2009). Mr. KIM has a B.A. in sociology from Seoul National University, and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago.

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  • Mohan KUMAR

    Research and Information System for Developing Countries
    Chairman

    Plenary Session

    Mohan KUMAR

    Research and Information System for Developing Countries
    Chairman

    Ambassador Mohan KUMAR is the Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) since June 2018.


    Ambassador KUMAR has had an outstanding career in the Indian Foreign Service lasting 36 years which culminated in his being India's Ambassador to France based in Paris. Under his watch, the Indo-French strategic partnership was strengthened and consolidated further in spheres such as defense, space, nuclear & solar energy, smart cities and investment. Earlier, he was India's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain where he witnessed and dealt with a strategically complex region characterized by events such as the "Arab Spring".


    Ambassador KUMAR holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and a Doctorate (Ph. D) from Sciences Po University, Paris. He also teaches at the Jindal School of International Affairs and is Vice-Dean & Professor of Diplomatic Practice. He is the author of a book entitled “Negotiation Dynamics of the WTO: An Insider’s Account”, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

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  • KWON Taejin

    GS&J Institute
    Director, Research Institute for North Korea and Northeast Asia

    Parallel Session II. Track 2

    KWON Taejin

    GS&J Institute
    Director, Research Institute for North Korea and Northeast Asia

    Dr. KWON Taejin is recognized as an Agricultural Economist in North Korea’s agriculture and food problem, with active participation in ODA projects targeting developing countries. As a scholar with outstanding research performance, he also has extensive experience in policy advisory to South Korea’s ministries, including the Ministry of Unification and support programs for North Korea, either directly or together with various civic groups at home and abroad.


    Before joining GS&J institute, he worked as a Research Fellow at the Korea Rural Economic Institute for 34 years.

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