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  • Andrey BYSTRITSKIY

    Chairman, Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion
    Russia

    Plenary Session

    Andrey BYSTRITSKIY

    Chairman, Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion
    Russia

    Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, member of the Union of Writers

    In 1985-1991, Andrey Bystritskiy was engaged in research as a Senior Fellow at the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences. He has been in the media industry since 1991, starting as the Head of the Audience Research Department of the All-Russia State Television and Radio Company (RTR), author and host of radio and television broadcasts. In 1993-1996, Andrey Bystritskiy headed sociological research at the Company. From 1996 to 1997, he was in charge of the "Society" Department at the Itogi (Russian Newsweek) magazine. In 1997-1998, Andrey Bystritskiy was Deputy Director General for Information at TV Tsentr. Between 1998 and 1999, he was the Producer of the Russian news service on BBC. In 1999, he joined the Organizing Committee of the Unofficial Moscow Festival as one of its Co-Chairs, he was also a member of the Editorial Board of the Moscow Alternative newspaper and Chairman of the Mayak State Radio Broadcasting Company (main information radio in Russia). In 2000, Bystritskiy became the Director General of the Vesti State Television Company (an entity of RTR).

    From 2000 to 2008, he was Deputy Director General of RTR and the Director of the Department of Information Programmes of the Russia TV. In 2000-2013 Bystritskiy was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of international broadcasting company Euronews. Between 2005 and 2007, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Apologia monthly magazine. From 2008 to 2014, he was the Chairman of the Voice of Russia State Radio Company (Russian international broadcaster in 44 languages).

    Andrey Bystritskiy has been at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics since 2001, as a Dean of the Faculty of Communications, Media and Design since 2014. Since 2008, he has been the head of the Council of the Heads of Government and Public Television and Radio Organizations of CIS Countries. Since 2014, Bystritskiy has been the Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Development and Support of the Valdai Discussion Club and the Chairman of the Public Supervisory Council of the Russian Ministry of Communications.

    Andrey Bystritskiy is a Professor and PhD (Pedagogics, 1989). He is a member of the Union of Writers. In June 2007, he received the Order of Honour.

    Andrey Bystritskiy is the author of books, including such works as Youth Subcultures and Russia's Intelligentsia During the Demise of the Soviet System (1991), and numerous publications in newspapers and magazines.

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  • BYUN Sangwook

    General Site Manager, Dorasan Transit Office, Gaeseong Industrial District Foundation
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 2

    BYUN Sangwook

    General Site Manager, Dorasan Transit Office, Gaeseong Industrial District Foundation
    Republic of Korea

    Mr. Byun is a licensed architect and professional building engineer in Korea, as well as an expert of an inter(South & North)-Korean economic cooperation and North Korea development, who has participated such projects over 2 decades. After he graduated Hanyang Univ.(Dept. of architecture), Mr. Byun worked for Yegoen Architect OfficeTM and Samsung C&TTM and was mainly in charge of construction planning, design, and project management. He also won the design competition of designing Song-pa residence’s hall.
    He worked for Hyundai AsanTM from 1999 to 2004, and has been working for Gaesung Industrial District Foundation since 2004.
    During his 23 years of career, he had joined numbers of North Korea development projects, including Geumgang Mountain tour site and Gaesung Industrial District developments

    From 1999 to 2004, he joined the Geumgang Mountain development project (Mt. Geumgang proj.) as a member of project management team. He mostly focused on construction planning and managing of main landmark projects such as Geumgang Mountain Hotel and Okryukwan restaurant. Aside from Mt. Geumgang proj., he also conducted several North Korea construction projects. The list of the projects includes: Mt. Geumgang Shingye-sa, Pyeongyang (Jung Juyoung) Gymnasium, Wonsan salmon farm, Sinuiju cosmetic production facilities and Trans Korea rail&vehicle road. He has an experience of numbers of consulting works on inter-Korean economic cooperation as well.

    In 2004, he started his new career at Gaesung Industrial District Foundation. He worked as a member of management team, mainly in charge of development planning and issuing building permit. As an early member of Gaesung Industrial District development, his work covered range of buildings and infrastructures from education center (2006), vertical factories (2009) and main office(2011) to fire station(2012) and dormitory. He also conducted construction planning of the 2nd stage masterplan of the Gaesung Industrial District development. His devotion on development of Gaesung district led him receiving his Korean Industrial Service Medal in 2007.

    Recently, as an experienced North Korea development expert and licensed architect, he contributed his writings to the weekly Kyunghyang and the KIRA monthly (Korean Institute of Registered Architect). The contributed articles covered his experience on North Korea development projects. For weekly Kyunghyang, his articles are mainly about inter-Korean architectural co-projects such as KEDO, Mt. Geumgang proj., and several cooperative projects regarding religion and medical services. For KIRA monthly, he is writing mostly about current status of North Korea’s architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry.

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