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  • GEUM Chang Ho

    Senior Research Fellow, Local Autonomy and Decentralization System, Korea Research Institute for Local Administration
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 3

    GEUM Chang Ho

    Senior Research Fellow, Local Autonomy and Decentralization System, Korea Research Institute for Local Administration
    Republic of Korea

    Dr. Geum is a senior research fellow at the Korea Research Institute for Local Administration and has been serving since 1992.
    He majored in Policy Studies at Konkuk University Graduate School and received his Ph.D. in Public Administration.
    The major research field is organization diagnosis and administration of upper-level local government, and he is currently conducting research on autonomy and decentralization, local councils, and special system at the Local Autonomy and Decentralization System Office. Not only that, he also played many roles in government ministries and educational institutions. First, he served as an advisor to the advisory committees belonging to the president of each government.

    In the Lee Myung-bak government, as a working member of the Presidential Committee for Decentralization(2008-2010), he reviewed the special local administrative agency reorganization plan, and reviewed inter-regional social conflict management plans at the Presidential Committee for Social Cohesion(2010-2012). In the Park Geun-hye government, he deliberated on the transfer of functions at the Presidential Committee on Local Autonomy Development, and in the Moon Jae-in government, he reviewed countermeasures against the low fertility at the Presidential Committee on Ageing Society and Population Policy.
    In addition, he taught theory and practice as an affiliated professor at the Local Government Officials Development Institute in 2010 and as a commissioned professor at the Dasan Education Center in 2011. In 2017, he was appointed vice president of the Korean Association for Local Government Studies.
    He is the author of Issues of Local Autonomy(2014) and Development Tasks and Future of Local Autonomy in Korea(2016).

    As of 2021, he is also serving as a regional subcommittee member of the Presidential Committee on Ageing Society and Population Policy, and administrative innovation advisory member of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, and a member of the Mega City Government-wide Support Group.

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  • Thomas GOMART

    Director, French Institute of International Relations
    France

    Plenary Session

    Thomas GOMART

    Director, French Institute of International Relations
    France

    Dr. Thomas Gomart (PhD in History at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and EMBA at HEC) is Director of Ifri. He previously was its Vice President for Strategic Development (2010-2015) and the Director of its Russia/NIS Centre (2004-2013). Before joining the think tank industry, Gomart was a scholar (Assistant Professor at La Sorbonne, 1996- 1999), a cadet officer in the Army (2000), and a policy entrepreneur (2001-2004). Joining Ifri in 2004, he set up the Russia/NIS centre. His academic and professional background has been closely related to post-Soviet space, but also to wider international issues (security, energy, and digital governance). As Lavoisier Fellow at the State Institute for International Relations (University-MGIMO – Moscow), Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Security Studies (European Union – Paris) and Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of War Studies (King’s College – London), Gomart has acquired a diversified international experience. As Researcher, he is currently working on Russia, digital governance, country risk, and think tanks. He recently published Notre intérêt national. Quelle politique étrangère pour la France? (ed., with Thierry de Montbrial), Editions Odile Jacob, 2017; L’affolement du monde - 10 enjeux géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2019 (Prix Louis Marin and Prix du Livre de Géopolitique); “What Is A Think Tank? A French Perspective”, Etudes de l'Ifri, November 2019; « Le COVID-19 et la fin de l'innocence technologique », Politique étrangère, vol. 85, n° 2, Summer 2020 as well as Guerres Invisibles. Nos prochains défis géopolitiques, Editions Tallandier, 2021. Thomas Gomart has been a member of the Strategic Review Committee on the Strategic Review of Defence and National Security 2017 (French Ministry of Armed Forces). He is a member of the scientific committee of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN). He is also a member of the editorial board of the French journals Politique étrangère, Etudes, and Revue des deux mondes.

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