Invited Speakers

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  • Aditi LALBAHADUR

    South African Institute of International Affairs
    Foreign Policy Programme Manager

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    Aditi LALBAHADUR

    South African Institute of International Affairs
    Foreign Policy Programme Manager

    Aditi LALBAHADUR joined the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) as a researcher in December 2011 after she completed an M.Litt (with distinction) in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. She is a Chevening Scholar (2010) and the recipient of a National Research Foundation Bursary (2001). In 2015 she was promoted to programme manage the Foreign Policy programme at SAIIA which incorporates work on China and other emerging powers in Africa.


    Before joining SAIIA in 2008 as a corporate research and media officer, Aditi LALBAHADUR provided research and speech writing support in The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, under President Mbeki. She spent a few years before this content producing, scriptwriting and directing live television at one of South Africa’s premier TV production houses.


    She holds an Honours degree in Political Science from The University of Natal, Durban (2002) and a Bachelors degree from the same university (2001), where she undertook a triple major in Political Science, Law, and Media & Communications. She has a strong interest in the international politics of Southern Africa and publishes on South African foreign policy, peace and security regularly.

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  • LEE Su-Hoon

    Kyungnam University
    Professor

    Opening Ceremony Moderator

    LEE Su-Hoon

    Kyungnam University
    Professor

    Ambassador LEE Su-Hoon received his Ph.D. in Comparative International Development and Sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 1986. In 1986, Dr. LEE joined Kyungnam University in Korea and simultaneously assumed the position of the Associate Director at its Institute for Far East Asian Studies (IFES) in Seoul. During 2009-2014, he served as the Director of IFES, Kyungnam University.


    His monographs include “State-Building in the Contemporary Third World” (Westview Press, 1989), “World-System Analysis” (in Korean, 1993), “For a Humane World-System” (in Korean, 1999), “Crisis and Capitalism of East Asia” (in Korea, 2001), “World-System. Northeast Asia. Korean Peninsula” (in Korean, 2004), and “In Search of a Common Future in Northeast Asia” (in Korean, 2013). He has also published numerous articles and book chapters on the world order, Northeast Asia, and the Korean peninsula.


    He has served for two Presidents of the ROK government. For former President Roh Moo-hyun, since August 2005, he has served as the Chair (Ministerial level position) of the ‘Presidential Committee on Northeast Asian Initiative’. For President Moon Jae-in, he was the Korean Ambassador to Japan from 2017 to 2019.

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  • LEE Han Joo

    Gyeonggi Research Institute
    President

    Parallel Session I. Track 1

    LEE Han Joo

    Gyeonggi Research Institute
    President

    Dr. LEE Han Joo, president of the Gyeonggi Research Institute, received a doctorate in economics from Seoul National University in 1994. He has been a professor of economics at Gachon University since 2004, serving as the dean and vice-president of the Graduate School of Business. He studied policy issues and coordinated national tasks while serving as the head of the First Economic Division of the Government Policy Planning Advisory Committee and chairman of the National Growth Division of the Presidential Committee. He led the development of the vision and plan for Gyeonggi Province by co-chairing the 7th Gyeonggi Provincial Governor's Transition Committee, that is New Gyeonggi Committee.


    As the head of the Gyeonggi Research Institute, he is currently working hard to come up with policy alternatives such as strengthening the competitiveness of Gyeonggi Province and enhancing the quality of life, establishing a fair economic ecosystem, expanding good jobs and establishing new welfare models.

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  • LEE ChoonGeun

    Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Parallel Session III

    LEE ChoonGeun

    Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. Choon-geun LEE (cglee@stepi.re.kr), Senior Research Fellow at Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), is a researcher who has the strong background in science & technology policy, system of socialist nations including North Korea and China. His research has been concentrated on North Korea’s S&T system and its defense technologies.


    He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in engineering from Seoul National University in Korea, and another doctoral degree in education from Beijing Normal University in China. He also has been a visiting scholar at APARC (Asia Pacific Research Center) of the Stanford University in 2008, Sociology of Science Research Center of the Peking University in 1998, IPM (Institute of Policy & Management) of the Chinese Academy of Science in 1997.

    He served as a member of the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea, vice president of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies, Special member of the Committee for Unification Preparation, chief representative of the Korea – China Science & Technology Cooperation Center, vice president of the Yanbian University of Science & technology.

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  • LEE Seogki

    Korea Institute for Industrial Economics / Trade
    Senior Research Fellow, China & North Korea Industry Division

    Parallel Session III

    LEE Seogki

    Korea Institute for Industrial Economics / Trade
    Senior Research Fellow, China & North Korea Industry Division

    LEE SeogKi is a Senior Research Fellow at Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade (KIET). He obtained his BA, MA, and Ph.D degree in Economics at Seoul National University, Korea. He joined KIET in 1988 and has been working at the institute for 30 years.


    His major research area is North Korean economy, mainly North Korean industry and firms and Inter Korean Industrial Cooperation. His notable recent studies are A Study on The Economic Reform in North Korea under Kim Jung Un (2018), Strategies and Action Plans for Industrial Cooperation between South and North Korea in Preparation for Unification (2016), North Korean Firms (2014), North Korea's Potential for Industrial Development and Tasks of South- North Cooperation (2013) and North Korean Industries and Firms in 2000s: recovery and Operation Mechanism (2010).

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  • LEE Changwon

    Korea Labor Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Parallel Session I. Track 2

    LEE Changwon

    Korea Labor Institute
    Senior Research Fellow

    Dr. LEE Changwon, a senior research fellow at Korea Labor Institute, served as a director of Center for Wage and Job Research. He served as a member of Public Interest Committee at Minimum Wage Council and a chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee, International Labour and Employment Relations (ILERA) World Congress. He is currently a member of the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning.


    Dr. LEE Changwon received his Master and Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago, United States.

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  • LEE Yangju

    Gyeonggi Research Institute
    Senior Researcher, Department of Ecology

    Parallel Session II. Track 1

    LEE Yangju

    Gyeonggi Research Institute
    Senior Researcher, Department of Ecology

    LEE Yang Ju is senior researcher of the Gyeonggi Research Institute (GRI). Dr. LEE received his Ph.D. degree from the Seoul National University in 1997, after which he became a researcher at GRI. For 23 years, he has worked on about 200 Gyeonggi-do policy reports.


    The reports focus on the green infrastructure such as forests, parks, and urban agriculture. Major concern is ‘river and mountain belt,’ which connects mountain ridge with river line. He served as a policy advisor of Environmental Ministry for the national ecological corridor, national nature reserve, and national geo park, and he also advised Gyeonggi-do for the local parks and green open space.

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  • LEE Jae-Young

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
    President

    Opening Ceremony / Special Lecture / Round Table / PS7

    LEE Jae-Young

    Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
    President

    Dr. LEE Jae-Young is the current president of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a leading governmental economic think tank in Korea. He also serves as Chair of the Korea National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation (KOPEC), and he is a member of the Presidential Committee of Northern Economic Cooperation and the Advisory Committee of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Korean government.


    Dr. LEE previously held the position of Advisory Committee Member on the 2018 Inter- Korean Summit Preparation Committee. He was a Senior Adviser for the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the National Security Office, Republic of Korea. He has served as President of the Korean Association of Eurasian Studies, and as visiting scholar at Harvard University and Oxford University. Other previous positions include adjunct professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, Hanyang University. He was granted the title of honorary professor at the Economic Research Institute, Far Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences.


    Dr. LEE received a Ph.D. in Economics from Moscow State University after completing his bachelor's and master's degree at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea.

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  • LIM Kang-Taeg

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    President

    Parallel Session I. Track 1

    LIM Kang-Taeg

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    President

    Dr. LIM Kang-Taeg, President of Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU), is an expert in the field of unification and North Korea. President LIM Kang-Taeg's research areas include North Korean foreign trade/economic policy/reform and opening, inter-Korean economic cooperation, and economic cooperation in the Northeast Asian region. He wrote "The Market-friendly Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation for Establishing the 'One-market' "(2018), "Measures for Promoting Inter- Korean Exchanges and Cooperation under the Sanctions Regime against North Korea" (2017), "Actual Operation and Development Plan for the Gaesong Industrial Complex: Lessons Learned from 11 Years of Operation (2005-2015) in the Gaesong Industrial Complex" (2016), etc.


    President LIM has been serving as member of the Expert Advisory Group, Inter-Korean Summit Preparation Committee. Also, he is Chair of the Policy Advisory Committee, the Ministry of Unification. He worked as Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation (KCRC), and was an Expert Member of the Presidential Committee on the Northeast Asian Cooperation Initiative from 2003 to 2007.


    President LIM was Senior Research Fellow of KINU. He received a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany in 1996.

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  • LIM Eul Chul

    Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES)
    Director International Cooperation for North Korean Development (ICNK)

    Parallel Session V. Track 2

    LIM Eul Chul

    Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES)
    Director International Cooperation for North Korean Development (ICNK)

    LIM Eul Chul, Professor at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES) at Kyungnam University, is a researcher who has studied North Korea for nearly 28 years.


    He is leading the Center for International Cooperation for North Korean Development (ICNK) in the IFES, and has served as an advisory at Office of National Security at Cheongwadae, Promotion Committee for the South-North Summit, Ministry of Unification, Kaesong Industrial District Foundation, and KOTRA etc. He also has studied at Georgetown University of Washington D.C. as a visiting researcher.

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  • LIM Jeongkwan

    Peace Foundation Development Division, Gyeonggido
    Unification Policy Specialist

    Parallel Session II. Track 2

    LIM Jeongkwan

    Peace Foundation Development Division, Gyeonggido
    Unification Policy Specialist

    Dr. LIM Jeongkwan, Unification Policy Specialist of Peace Foundation Development Division in Gyeonggi Provincial Government Office, is in charge of planning and implementing strategies for large-scale development and cooperation projects with North Korea in preparation for all-out exchanges and cooperation.


    Before joining the Provincial Government Office, he worked as a standing researcher at the Institute of Social Science in Sogang University and a research fellow at Gyeonggi Research Institute. His main areas of expertise include inter-Korean exchange and cooperation, international politics (Law), and democracy.


    He holds a J.D. from Albany Law School, and a M.S. in Comparative Politics and a B.A. in Politics from Sogang University.

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  • LIM Hyoung-Joon

    UN World Food Programme
    Head of WFP Korea office

    Parallel Session II. Track 2

    LIM Hyoung-Joon

    UN World Food Programme
    Head of WFP Korea office

    LIM Hyoung-Joon, a Korean national, is Head of WFP Korea office as of November 2011. He joined WFP in January 2002 as a JPO (Junior Professional Officer) and served in Honduras, Guinea Bissau, Lao PDR, managing complex emergency operations as well as development projects. After his missions in the field, he moved to WFP HQ in Rome, Italy to serve as a donor relations officer in charge of Asia region until he was reassigned to his homeland, Korea.


    In his 20s, LIM Hyoung-Joon backpacked over 80 countries around the world for over a span of 3 and a half years. He has been engaged in several publications: published his own travel essay "I swallowed earth" in 1999 and "Let’s smile together", a children’s book in May 2012 to tell global hunger and activities of WFP based on his personal experience. He was appeared as one of main characters at a book "Global Young Korean", which was made based on KBS’s 60 minute TV documentary with the same title.


    He also contributed to newspapers, including a weekly column to Hankyoreh, one of major Korean Dailies from 1997 to 1998 and a monthly column to Hanwoolan in mid 2000s. He is often invited to give lectures and speeches at various institutions, including Government ministries, Universities, research institutes. From March to June 2015, he was a visiting professor to Seoul National University to teach an English class, "International Development Practice".


    LIM received a B.A in language and diplomatic science, a M.A in political science from H.U.F.S and MPA (Master of Public Administration) from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is married with one son.

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  • Robert LOE

    Relational Schools Foundation
    Founder / Director

    Parallel Session IV

    Robert LOE

    Relational Schools Foundation
    Founder / Director

    Dr. LOE is the Founder and Director of Relational Schools. Having studied English Literature and Education at Cambridge University, graduating in 2001 with a Double First-Class Honours, he pursued areas of specialism such as schooling and exclusion, the family and community dimensions of social exclusion and school improvement and effectiveness. He also holds an MA in Education from the University of Cambridge.

    A former teacher and senior leader, he now researches, writes and speaks on the importance of fostering positive relationships between key stakeholders in schools. In October of 2018, Dr LOE was invited to become the new CEO of Relationships Foundation, the original charity that founded and incubated the schools’ project and also works across a range of public and private sector contexts internationally.

    Dr. LOE began his career in education in 2002 as a teacher of English Literature and Linguistics at a large high school in the South East of England. There he held positions as a teacher of English and Drama and went on to become the Faculty Head of English until 2010. He moved to become an Assistant Principal that year, in charge of teaching and learning and headed up the local Training School. Dr LOE oversaw the professional development programmes for existing and newly qualified teachers as well as the university partnerships and joint research projects.

    In 2014, he moved back to academia, establishing the Relational Schools Project with Dr Michael Schluter, CBE whilst undertaking doctoral studies with the Royal College of Teachers and the Institute of Education, London. He graduated in May 2016 after just 22 months of study. He is a Founding Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching.

    Dr LOE is Chair of the Board of the Chilford Hundred Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust of 5 schools in England.

    He is the co-author of The Relational Teacher (2015); “Measuring What Matters” (2017) in Flip the System UK, pp. 51-60; “Time is the Currency of Relationships” (2018) in Time to Teach: Time to Reach, pp. 7-12 and considered one of the leading authorities on relationships in education.

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  • Issam LOTFI

    Strategic Studies and Advanced Watch, Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES)
    Chief Strategy Officer / Principal Researcher

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    Issam LOTFI

    Strategic Studies and Advanced Watch, Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES)
    Chief Strategy Officer / Principal Researcher

    Mr. Issam LOTFI is a Statistical, Financial and Economist Engineer graduated from the National Superior Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics. He holds, also, a degree in Applied Mathematics from the Hassan II University.


    After a short career at the international firm "Grant Thornton" where he was in charge of audit operations of banks and insurance and statistical and financial consulting, Mr. LOTFI had joined the Royal Institute for Strategic Studies (IRES) as a Statistician Analyst in February 2012. He is in charge, among other activities, of the monitoring of Strategic Dashboard of Morocco’s international positioning. Actually, Mr. LOTFI is a Principal Researcher at IRES. His sense of organization and responsibilities, as well as his curious naturalness have him to acquire a certain versatility.


    As Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. LOTFI has coordinated several strategic studies and projects, notably those related to global issues (climate change, migration, nation branding, etc.), to diplomatic field, to domestic structural issues (social bond, competitiveness of the economy, etc.). He represented the Institute in several national and international conferences and seminars.

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