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  • Rüdiger FRANK

    Professor and Head, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
    Austria

    Plenary Session

    Rüdiger FRANK

    Professor and Head, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Vienna
    Austria

    Dr. Rudiger FRANK is Professor of East Asian Economy and Society at the University of Vienna, where he heads the Department of East Asian Studies. He was born and raised in socialist East Germany and lived for five years in the Soviet Union. He experienced German Unification as a 21-year-old, and spent one semester as a language student at Kim-Il-Sung University in Pyongyang in 1991/1992. He holds university degrees in Korean Studies, International Relations, and Economics. On the basis of these skills and experiences, he has written extensively on various topics related to North Korea, including its economic history during the 1950s, the connections between ideology and economic reform after the 1990s famine, tourism and trade, and the political economy of unification. He has been working in various Korea-related councils of the World Economic Forum between 2011 and 2021, and was named one of the 50 most influential German economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 2012.

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