Invited Speakers

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  • SASAO Toshiaki

    International Christian University
    Professor

    Parallel Session IV

    SASAO Toshiaki

    International Christian University
    Professor

    A social and community psychologist, SASAO Toshiaki is Professor (Psychology & Education) and Department Chair, Department of Education and Language Education, at International Christian University (ICU), Japan. He directs ICU's Peace Research Institute and coordinates the Interdisciplinary Peace Studies Program. As part of Peace Research Institute activities, Dr. SASAO Toshiaki organizes a Peace Forum and Field Trip to Korea every year for ICU students, and is in the middle of planning for another trip to Korea in commemorating the 100th anniversary of Korean Independence Movement. For almost 30 years, his teaching and research have taken him to various places such the U.S., Poland, Japan, and South Korea.


    In 1992, Dr. SASAO experienced the 4.29 Los Angeles Riots after the verdict of Rodney King incident, which led to his active involvement as a researcher with the local Korean American and other immigrant communities in the 1990s. After his teaching and research at UCLA, he started his faculty job at ICU, Japan, in 1997. ICU is the only liberal arts college in Japan established, after the war, to promote peace in the educating the future generations. During the past 22 years at ICU, Dr. SASAO taught at Yonsei University Summer International School (2007-2012), and the National University of Opole, Poland (2010-2016) as a rector-appointed Professor of Psychology.


    Dr. SASAO's research interests include: evidence-based social and community interventions in ethnic and cultural communities and schools with a focus on social justice, social capital and psychosocial resources; innovative evaluation methods in community and school settings; pedagogical strategies and issues in multicultural contexts; and institutional and individual well-being in schools, work settings, and communities, application of peace psychology to understand global conflicts and educational disparities.


    Dr. SASAO Toshiaki is a Fellow with American Psychological Association and the Society for Community & Research Action; a Salzburg Global Fellow, Austria; and a Senior Fellow at Tsukuba University, Japan, in addition to members of Japanese Psychological Association, Japanese Society of Community Psychology, Peace Studies Association of Japan, and Psychologists for Social Responsibility.


    Dr. SASAO earned a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (1988), and a B.S. (1979) and an M.Ed. (1981) from the University of Washington. His post-doctoral work was at UCLA (1988-89) as a research fellow with the Institute of American Cultures and the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003-2004) as a NIMH fellow.

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  • Gerhard SCHRÖDER

    Former Chancellor of Germany
    (1998 ~ 2005)

    Opening Ceremony

    Gerhard SCHRÖDER

    Former Chancellor of Germany
    (1998 ~ 2005)

    Gerhard SCHRÖDER was born on April 7th, 1944 in Mossenberg, Germany. After completing an apprenticeship and graduating from secondary school, Chancellor SCHRÖDER began to study law and passed the first state examination in 1971. He passed the second state examination in 1976 and received admission to practice law.


    In 1980-1986 and 1998-2005, he was a member of the German Bundestag. He won the 1990 election to Minister-President of the State of Lower Saxony. On 27 October 1998, Gerhard SCHRÖDER was sworn in as the seventh Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. He remained in office until 2005. Chancellor SCHRÖDER is currently a freelance lawyer in Hannover.

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  • Soyeon SCHRÖDER-KIM

    NRW.INVEST Korea
    Representative

    Special Lecture

    Soyeon SCHRÖDER-KIM

    NRW.INVEST Korea
    Representative

    SCHRÖDER-KIM is the Head of NRW.INVEST Korea representing the Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Korea. She has majored in German studies, Economics and Japanese studies at the Philipps University Marburg/Germany. Upon returning from Germany she went on to study at the Graduate School of Interpretation and Translation, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies where she earned a Master’s Degree with top honors. She has completed the coursework for Ph. D. program at the same institution, and is currently a Ph. D. candidate at the Department of German and European Studies, Chung Ang University. SCHRÖDER-KIM has formerly worked as a lecturer at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies as well as a researcher for the BK21 Project Team of the same institution. She also worked in the News Division of KBS, Korea’s national broadcasting company. SCHRÖDER-KIM has demonstrated her leadership as the CEO of the Korean subsidiary of STAR AG, a Swiss IT solutions group. She now heads the NRW.INVEST Korea. She is also managing director of consulting company Eurasiapartners.

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  • Bernhard SELIGER

    Hanns-Seidel Foundation Korea
    Resident Representative

    Parallel Session VI

    Bernhard SELIGER

    Hanns-Seidel Foundation Korea
    Resident Representative

    Dr. Bernhard SELIGER is currently resident representative of Hanns Seidel Foundation in Korea, based in Seoul, consulting NGOs, academic and public institutions in questions of unification. He frequently travels to North Korea, where he implements capacity-building projects, among others in forestry, biodiversity, organic agriculture and the introduction of the clean development mechanism. He serves as associate of North Korean Review as well as founding editor of the website www. asianintegration.org. Over 10 years, he also works on sustainable development issues in the inner-Korean border area and in February 2015 participated as an expert in a DMZ by UNESCAP. In 2006 the honorary citizenship of Seoul was conferred by the later president of South Korea, then mayor Lee Myung-Bak, on Bernhard SELIGER. In 2012 he became honorary citizen of Gangwon province, partner province of Hanns-Seidel-Foundation in implementing projects of sustainable development in the border area.


    He edited and wrote numerous articles and books, among them most recently 2015 East Asia and Eastern Europe in a Globalized Perspective – Lessons from Korea and Estonia, Ordnungspolitische Dialoge Vol. 5, Frankfurt Main: Peter Lang Verlag, ISBN 978-3-631-66860-3. (together with Jueri Sepp and Ralph Wrobel). Others include The Shrimp that Became a Tiger, Transformation Theory and Korea's Rise After the Asian Crisis, Peter Lang Verlag, Emerging Market Studies, Frankfurt: 2013; (with Gi-Woong Son et al.), 'Geurin detangteu' silcheonjeolyak: hwangyeonggongdongche hyeongseong-gwa jeobgyeongjiyeok ∙ DMZ pyeonghwasaengtae-jeok iyongbangan (Green Détente implementation strategy: formation of an ecological community and measures to use the border region peacefully and ecologically), Seoul: Korean Institute for National Unification, ISBN: 978-89- 8479-792-5, 2014; (with Jüri Sepp, Ralph Wrobel) Innovationssysteme und Wohlstandsentwicklung in der Welt (Innovation systems and prosperity in the world), Ordnungspolitische Dialoge Vol. 4, Frankfurt/ Main: Peter Lang Verlag, ISBN 978-3-631-65024-0.

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  • SEO Jaechul

    Greenkorea United
    Senior Expert

    Parallel Session II. Track 1

    SEO Jaechul

    Greenkorea United
    Senior Expert

    Mr. SEO Jaechul has been recording and investigating the DMZ's ecological and cultural history for about 20 years. In 2006, he walked the 155-mile-long ceasefire line of the DMZ to record the ecological environment and cultural history for the first time at home and abroad. Between 2015 to 2017, Mr. SEO also went directly inside the DMZ and surveyed more than 60 GP locations in person.


    In 2008, with the staff members of the Green Korea United, Mr. SEO created and presented the report on environmental status of the DMZ containing the spatial nature of the DMZ for the first time in Korea and abroad. In 2018, he participated as a key staff in publishing the DMZ's life and peace report, a field survey report on the ecology and biodiversity of the DMZ, as a joint report between the Green Korea United and the Korea National Arboretum. In 2015, Mr. SEO also published a book titled 'Walk the Last Demilitarized Zone on Earth' based on his research into the spatial nature of the DMZ. In 2018, he has serialized his DMZ stories seven times in the Hankyoreh, one of the representative newspapers in Korea.


    Since 2006, he has also continued to conduct safety consulting on forest fires and landslides based on the investigation into disaster risk in the military bases stationed in the DMZ.

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  • SEONG Kyoung Ryung

    National Research Council for Economics, Humanities / Social Sciences
    Chairman

    Opening Ceremony / DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    SEONG Kyoung Ryung

    National Research Council for Economics, Humanities / Social Sciences
    Chairman

    SEONG Kyoung Ryung is the 7th (current) Chairman of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences (NRC). As the Chairman, he represents and governs the 26 government think tanks of Korea, which provide expertise and scientific research for policy makers. Since taking office, Chairman SEONG has renewed the efforts to design and support policy strategies for Korea by bridging the gap between theory and policy. Most notably he contributed to the establishment of the policy framework for “Inclusive Growth”. Internationally, Chairman SEONG Kyoung Ryung spearheads NRC think tanks’ efforts to expand their network in support of the “New Southern Policy” and “New Northern Policy” by establishing new cooperative relationships with institutions in Korea and aboard.


    Chairman SEONG’s expertise is in Sociology in which he received a Ph. D. from Stanford University. He also had an extensive career as Professor of Sociology at Hallym University where he taught for more than 30 years and also served as the Dean for the College of Social Sciences.


    He provided his services to the government as the Chief of Staff for Policy from 2007 to 2008 at the Office of the President. He is also noted for his leadership as the Chairman of the Presidential Committee for Balanced National Development where he led and established the policy measures to organize Innovation City and cluster in Korea.

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  • Megawati SOEKARNOPUTRI

    Former President of Indonesia

    Opening Ceremony

    Megawati SOEKARNOPUTRI

    Former President of Indonesia

    Megawati SOEKARNOPUTRI served as the President of Indonesia from 2001 to 2004. She is currently Chairperson of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan). She was the country’s first female president and the fourth woman to lead a predominantly Muslim nation. Megawati SOEKARNOPUTRI is the daughter of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno. She is also the first Indonesian leader born after Indonesia proclaimed its independence.


    President SOEKARNOPUTRI first entered Indonesian politics in 1983 and was elected to the People’s Representative Council as a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party. She ran for presidency in 1999 after the resignation of Suharto. She served as Vice President under Abdurrahman Wahid but became President when Wahid was removed from office in 2001 on charges of corruption. She has raised her voice on international affairs as a leader of the ASEAN countries. She also campaigned for Aung San Suu Kyi’s freedom when Suu Kyi was under the house arrest. 


    President SOEKARNOPUTRI studied Agriculture at Padjadjaran University (1965–1967) and Psychology at the University of Indonesia (1971 – 1972).

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  • SONG Young Hoon

    Kangwon University
    Director, Kangwon Institute for Unification Studies

    Parallel Session II. Track 1

    SONG Young Hoon

    Kangwon University
    Director, Kangwon Institute for Unification Studies

    SONG Young Hoon is Director of the Kangwon Institute for Unification Studies and Assistant Professor of the Department of Political Science at Kangwon National University. Before joining the university, he had worked for the Korea Institute for National Unification and the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University.


    Dr. SONG received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2011. His research interests lie in international relations theory, conflict and forced migration, international human rights and humanitarianism, and inter-Korean relations. His recent publication includes "International Humanitarianism and Refugee Protection: Consequences of Labeling and Politicization" and "Conflict, International Response, and Forced Migration in Sub- Saharan Africa, 1980-2007".

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  • SONG Chi Ung

    Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Chief Director, Division of Global Innovation Strategy

    Parallel Session III

    SONG Chi Ung

    Science and Technology Policy Institute
    Chief Director, Division of Global Innovation Strategy

    Dr. SONG ChiUng (cusong@stepi.re.kr), Senior Research Fellow at Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI), is a researcher who has a strong background both in global cooperation in Science, Technology & Innovation as well as in Economics of Technology and Innovation.


    Dr. SONG is currently the Chief Director of the Division for Global Innovation Strategy in STEPI. He has actively participated in various global cooperation projects in science, technology and innovation during the last few years.


    Dr. SONG also has been a visiting scholar at CISTP (Center for International Science and Technology Policy) of George Washington University in 2014. From 2012 to 2016, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Urban Planning in Gachon University. At the same time, he has provided lectures on Economics at Hankook University of Foreign Studies, Kyonggi University and Seoul National University.


    In addition, Dr. SONG has been a key member of various academic societies such as the Korea Productivity Association (editorial board), the Korea Society for Innovation Management and Economics (member of board) and International Association of Area Studies (vice president). As a policy researcher, Dr. Song served as an expert advisor for Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science and Technology during the year of 2011.

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  • SOUNG Jea Hyen

    Korean Institute of Criminology
    Research Fellow / Deputy Director, International Cooperation Division

    Parallel Session VI

    SOUNG Jea Hyen

    Korean Institute of Criminology
    Research Fellow / Deputy Director, International Cooperation Division

    Dr. SOUNG Jea Hyen is a research fellow and Deputy Director of the International Cooperation Division at the Korean Institute of Criminology. He is also an adjunct professor teaching criminal law at the HanKuk University of Foreign Studies. He was a Brain Korea 21 (BK21) postdoctoral research fellow and was a professor of law at the Sungkyunkwan University Law School in 2011.


    He has been an advisor to a number of government ministries. From 2014 to present, he has served as a member of the Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Justice, the Policy Advisory Committee on Women and Children of the Ministry of Justice, the Unification Legislation Committee of the Ministry of Unification, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Committee of the Office for Government Policy Coordination. He has also served as a special expert commissioner to the Supreme Court of Korea since 2012, and a member of the Asset Recovery Interagency Network- Asia Pacific (ARIN-AP) since 2014.


    He spent much of his life dedicated to research and projects into different subject areas that include sentencing, crime prevention & criminal justice, transitional justice, and transnational organized crime. His recent scholarly publications include "Remedial Measures for Effective Cybercrime Investigation," "Analysis of Causes and Environmental Factors related to Incidence of Sexual Violence," and "Forensic science meets clinical pharmacology: pharmacokinetic model based estimation of alcohol concentration of a defendant as requested by a local prosecutor's office."


    He earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Law from the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies summa cum laude in 2009.

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  • Kathleen STEPHENS

    Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)
    President / CEO

    Opening Ceremony / DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    Kathleen STEPHENS

    Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI)
    President / CEO

    Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen STEPHENS is a former American diplomat. She was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea 2008-2011. Other overseas assignments included postings to China, former Yugoslavia, Portugal, Northern Ireland, where she was U.S. Consul General in Belfast during the negotiations culminating in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, and India, where she was U.S. Charge ‘d Affaires (2014-2015).


    Ambassador STEPHENS also served in a number of policy positions in Washington at the Department of State and the White House. These included acting Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (2012), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2005-2007), Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs (2003-2005), and National Security Council Director for European Affairs at the Clinton White House.


    Kathleen STEPHENS was William J. Perry Fellow for Korea at Stanford University 2015-2018. She is a Mansfield Foundation Distinguished Fellow, Pacific Century Institute board chairman, vice-chair of the board of trustees for The Asia Foundation, and on the board of The Korea Society. She has been President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America since September 2018, based in Washington, DC.

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  • Marie-Yon STRÜCKER

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Environmental Consultant

    Parallel Session VI

    Marie-Yon STRÜCKER

    United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Environmental Consultant

    Ms. Marie-Yon STRÜCKER works as Environmental Consultant for the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Division at UN Environment Programme (Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok). In addition, she serves as International Cooperation Manager of the National Nature Trust Korea, which she joined as part of her Mercator fellowship provided by the German Federal Foreign Office. Before being awarded the Mercator fellowship, she worked as Research Associate at the NEES Institute of Biodiversity of Plants in Bonn. She is committed to interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange between Europe and Asia focusing on biodiversity and natural heritage in the Korean DMZ with reference to the successful German Green Belt (Grünes Band Deutschland).


    Ms. STRÜCKER holds a Masters in Biomechanics from the University of Cambridge and a B.Sc. in Biomimetics and Bio-Inspiration from the University of Applied Sciences Bremen. In addition to her professional and research experience, Marie-Yon STRÜCKER worked for the South Korean broadcasting station KBS.

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  • SUH Bo-hyuk

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Director of Peace Research Division

    Parallel Session I. Track 1

    SUH Bo-hyuk

    Korea Institute for National Unification
    Director of Peace Research Division

    Dr. SUH Bo-hyuk is Director of Peace Research Division at the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU). Dr. SUH is the President of the Association of Comparative Peace Studies and the Vice-President of the Korean Association of North Korean Studies, and was Research Professor at the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) of Seoul National University, and an Expert Adviser on the North Korean human rights at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK). He majors in political science, especially in peace and human rights issue in the context of protracted conflict. He has been advising governmental and nongovernmental organizations on South Korea's North Korea policy for about twenty years.


    Dr. SUH's recent writings include Peace Studies from Korean Perspectives (Korean, 2019), Korean Peace Thoughts (Coedited, Korean, 2018), North Korean Human Rights: Crafting a More Effective Framework (2016), Division Violence (Coedited, Korean, 2016), Asia-Pacific between Conflict and Reconciliation (Co-authorship, 2016), "The Right to Peace and the Anti-THAAD Movement," at the Journal of Peace and Unification (2019), and "Resolving Korean Conflict through the Combination of Human Rights and Human Security" at the Korean Journal of International Politics (2016).

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  • SUH Chang-Hoon

    Chairman, Woosuk University
    President, Jeonbuk Daily Newspaper

    DMZ Think Tank Round Table

    SUH Chang-Hoon

    Chairman, Woosuk University
    President, Jeonbuk Daily Newspaper

    Dr. SUH Chang-Hoon, president of Jeonbuk Daily Newspaper and chairman of the Woosuk Educational Foundation, is a renowned journalist in Korea and chairman of a distinguished private university in Honam Province.


    Dr. SUH, a director of Korean Foundation for World Aid which is an international non-profit organization and private aid organization, has devoted himself to relief efforts in North Korea to ensure peace and stability on the Korean peninsula from 2005 to 2010. He has served as a member of 14th Committee of the National Unification Advisory Council from 2009 to 2011. He is now a vice-chairman of Research Foundation of the Korean Peninsula Peace and Economic Development Strategy.


    He organized the Kimgeuntae Democracy Institute and the Institution for East Asia Peace to promote peace, mutual prosperity and democracy on the Korean Peninsula at Woosuk University. This allows Woosuk University to host the Unification Education Center, which is one of the Unification Education Support Projects sponsored by Ministry of Unification, leading residents and students of Jeonbuk province to get a variety of unification education programs.


    He received his B.A. from Seoul National University and honorary doctorate degree from Gongshang University in China.

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