Invited Speakers

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  • KANG Min-Jo

    Research Fellow, Korean Peninsula & East Asia Research Center, Korea Reseach Institute for Human Settlements
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 3

    KANG Min-Jo

    Research Fellow, Korean Peninsula & East Asia Research Center, Korea Reseach Institute for Human Settlements
    Republic of Korea

    Kang Min-jo has been conducting research on North Korea and land Use for border areas between South and North Korea using remote sensing and GIS techniques since 2014 at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements. She has been a member of the Working Group and Planning Team of the Korean Peninsula Peace and Prosperity Research Group since 2018. In addition, in she worked as a remote sensing consultant at World Bank in the United States in 2014.
    Kang Min-jo earned a doctorate in geography from Florida State University in 2014, a master's degree in geography from Arizona State University in 2009, a master's degree in regional science from KonKuk University in 2003, and a bachelor's degree in geography from Konkuk University in 2001.

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  • KANG In Tae

    Former Manager of Legislative Support Team, Department of Policy and Legislation, Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 3

    KANG In Tae

    Former Manager of Legislative Support Team, Department of Policy and Legislation, Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council
    Republic of Korea

     Kang, In Tae, Ph.D. served as a manager of the legislative Support Team of Jeju Self-Governing Provincial Council from 2010-2021.
    As a team manager, he played a leading role to support legislation and policy making to develop Jeju Special Self-Governing Province. He advised to revise the Act of Special Act on the Establishment of Jeju Special Self-governing Province and the Development of Free International City. He is a pioneer and leading expert in the field of legislative evaluation of local government’s ordinances. He performed to evaluate ordinances of local government for the first time in Korea in 2015.

    He served as expert advisor at the Anti-Corruption and Civil Right Commission from 2012 - 2014 in the field of grievance petition, institutional improvement, and management of public conflicts. He worked for Hanmi Law firm and LSK Law Office from 2002 - 2008. He obtained Doctoral Degree at law from Sogang University in 2010 and received a Master’s Degree at Law from Sogang University in 2001.

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  • Steve KILLELEA

    Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace
    Australia

    Plenary Session

    Steve KILLELEA

    Founder & Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace
    Australia

    Steve Killelea AM is a global philanthropist focused on peace and sustainable development, with a long, successful career in high technology and international business development.

    Over the last two decades, Steve has applied his business skills to his many global philanthropic activities, established an internationally renowned global think tank, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and a private family charity, The Charitable Foundation, which now has over three million direct beneficiaries.

    More than 20 years ago, he established The Charitable Foundation, one of the largest private overseas aid organisations based in Australia providing life-changing programs to some of the poorest communities in the world including, emergency and famine relief, environment rehabilitation, and rehabilitating former child soldiers.

    Steve’s deep commitment to peace has earned him two Nobel Peace Prize nominations. He is the founder of the independent think tank IEP and the Global Peace Index, the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. IEP is a highly impactful non-profit and non-partisan research institute known for innovative analysis on the relationship between business, peace and economic development, used by many international organisations including the United Nations and the World Bank. In 2013, a coalition of Australian Foundations recognised his funding of IEP as one of the 50 most impactful philanthropic gifts in Australia’s history. In the same year, the Action on Armed Violence group, recognised Steve as one of the 100 most influential people in the world on reducing armed violence. Steve serves on the President’s Circle for Club de Madrid, the largest forum of former world leaders working to strengthen democracy. He is an Honorary President of Religion for Peace, the world’s largest organisation working on inter-religious challenges.

    As an entrepreneur in the high technology industry, Steve founded and built one of Australia’s leading publicly listed IT companies. Integrated Research has a 30-year heritage providing its PROGNOSIS performance monitoring software for business-critical computing and IP telephony environments. Through Steve’s direction as CEO and then chairperson, IR has an impressive world class customer base and its software is used by many of the world’s top organisations in more than 50 countries. Steve served as a board member of the Australian Information Industry Association for eight years and sat on a number of private company and government boards including the Australian Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBAB) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). In 2001, Steve founded Smarter Capital, a venture capital company that specialises in investing in unique technologies with global applicability.

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  • KIM Heungchong

    President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
    Republic of Korea

    Opening Ceremony

    KIM Heungchong

    President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP)
    Republic of Korea

    Dr. KIM Heungchong had served the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) for nineteen years before he has led the institute as President since June, 2020. Chairing the KOPEC (Korea National Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation), President Kim is currently leading both the EUSA-Korea (European Studies Association of Korea) and the APEC Studies Association of Korea. He is one of the members of KRD (Korea Russia Dialogue).


    He has been deeply involved in policy-making process of the Korean government in the fields of economic, trade and diplomatic policies. Dr. Kim was among the Advisory Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister/Minister of Finance & Economy of Korea, and had been a key advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the Korea-EU FTA during the negotiation process. He also advised the Ministry of Strategy and Finance on G20, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on APEC and Korea’s diplomatic strategy, and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on ASEM and Brexit. He was a Fulbright Scholar in the UC Berkeley and held visiting positions at Ifri (Paris), VUB (Brussels), Korea University (Seoul) and Marmara University (Istanbul). He served both Sogang University and Ewha Womans University as Adjunct Professors.


    Dr. Kim’s expertise includes trade policy, European studies, and regional integration. He has published more than seventy papers and books, and has actively contributed to various newspapers and TV programs in Korea and abroad including Valdai Discussion Club. Before joining KIEP, Dr. Kim was an Honorary Member of the High Table in Christ Church, Oxford. Dr. Kim read economics at Seoul National University and the University of Oxford.

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  • KIM Donggil

    Director, The Center for Korean Peninsula Studies / Professor, The History Department, Peking University
    China

    Parallel Session 1

    KIM Donggil

    Director, The Center for Korean Peninsula Studies / Professor, The History Department, Peking University
    China

    Kim Donggil is a professor at department of history, Peking University, and co-author of history of Sino-Soviet Relations (1931-1945) (Beijing: CCP history publishing house, 2009). His research covers PRC diplomatic history, Sino-Soviet relations, and Sino-North Korea relations. He has published 30 articles in Diplomatic History, Cold War History, The Chinese Historical Review, The International History Review, Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, etc. He is currently work on Sino-Korea Cold War studies and the director of Center for Korean Peninsula Studies, Peking University.

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  • KIM Sang Ki

    Research Fellow, Peace Research Division, Korea Institute for National Unification
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 2

    KIM Sang Ki

    Research Fellow, Peace Research Division, Korea Institute for National Unification
    Republic of Korea

    Sang Ki Kim is a research fellow at the Korea Institute for National Unification. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Iowa in 2012, and worked at the Institute for Far Eastern Studies of Kyungnam University as a research fellow. He served as a policy advisor to the Unification Minister from May 2019 to June 2020. His main interests are in inter-Korean relations, DPRK-US relations, a peace regime on the Korean peninsula, US foreign policy. There are a number of publications, such as A Proposal and Suggestions for Peace Agreement of the Korean Peninsula (co-authored, 2019) (in Korean), Building a Peace Regime on the Korean Peninsula and ROK-US relations (co-authored, 2018) (in Korean).

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  • KIM Juwon

    Professor, Department of Social Economy, Sangji University
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 3

    KIM Juwon

    Professor, Department of Social Economy, Sangji University
    Republic of Korea

    Joo-Won Kim worked as a researcher at the Gangwon Research Institute from 1996 to 2019. As a researcher, he has been conducting research on Gangwon-do's local autonomy system, strengthening competitiveness in rural agriculture, and administrative innovation. Among them, Gangwon-do Special Self-Governing Province for Peace is proposed and efforts are being made to develop it into a model for peaceful unification in Gangwon-do, which is currently divided into North and South Gangwon-do. He has been awarded the National Medal and the Presidential Citation for his achievements in administrative innovation. And now, he is working as a professor at the Department of Social Economy at Sangji University, and is working hard for the development of rural agriculture and the implementation of Gangwon Peace Special Self-Governing Province.

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  • KIM Boo-kyum

    Prime Minister, Republic of Korea

    Opening Ceremony

    KIM Boo-kyum

    Prime Minister, Republic of Korea

    KIM Boo-kyum is the 47th Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.
    KIM previously served as the Minister of the Interior and Safety (2017-2019) and served as a member of the National Assembly for four terms. He also served as a Member of Strategy & Finance Committee and Special Committee on Budget and Accounts; Supreme Council of Democratic United Party; Culture, Sports, Team, Broadcasting and Communications Committee; Education, Science & Technology Committee; Government Administration & Home Affairs Committee; Unification, Foreign Affairs & Trade Committee; Special Committee on Budget & Accounts; and National Policy Committee.
    KIM Boo-kyum earned his B.A. in Political Sciences from Seoul National University and M.P.A. in Public Administration from Yonsei University. 

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  • KOH Yu-hwan

    President, Korea Institute for National Unification
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 1

    KOH Yu-hwan

    President, Korea Institute for National Unification
    Republic of Korea

    Dr. Yu-hwan KOH received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Dongguk University. He is an expert in areas of unification, North Korea, and inter-Korean relations.

    Dr. KOH was a professor in the Department of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University (1994-2020), Director of Institute for North Korean Studies at Dongguk University (2009-2020), a visiting scholar of Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University (2010-2011), President of Korean Association of North Korean Studies (2012), Chair of the Peace and Prosperity Sub-committee of Presidential Commission on Policy Planning (2017-2019)/member (-2020), Member of the experts advisory group for the inter-Korean summit (2018), Chair of Policy Advisory Committee, Office of National Security, Office of the President (2017-2020) and a chair of the Planning and Coordination Committee at National Unification Advisory Council (2017-2021).

    He has been serving as the Chair of the Korean Peninsula Sub-committee at Policy Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2018.

    Dr. KOH's major publications include “Peace on the Road to Unification (2019)” (in Korean), “70 Years of Division Viewed through the Lens of Inter-Korean Military Conflicts (2018)” (in Korean), “New Paradigm of North Korean Studies: perspective, methodology, method (2015)” (in Korean), “The Social Changes and Hybridity in North Korea1: Ambiguous Boundaries of the 'Juche Society' (2021)” (in Korean), “Troubled Transition: North Korea’s Politics, Economy, and External Relations (2013)” (in English).

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  • Mohan KUMAR

    Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries
    India

    Plenary Session

    Mohan KUMAR

    Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries
    India

    Ambassador Dr. Mohan Kumar is the Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) since June 2018.

    Ambassador Kumar has had an outstanding career in the Indian Foreign Service lasting 36 years which culminated in his being India's Ambassador to France based in Paris. Under his watch, the Indo-French strategic partnership was strengthened and consolidated further in spheres such as defense, space, nuclear & solar energy, smart cities and investment. Earlier, Mohan Kumar was India's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain where he witnessed and dealt with a strategically complex region characterized by events such as the "Arab Spring".

    Ambassador Kumar has enormous expertise in the area of international trade- he was India's lead negotiator first at the GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade) and then at the WTO (World Trade Organization) in crucial areas such as Intellectual Property Rights, Services, Dispute Settlement, Rules and Technical Barriers to Trade. He was a leading member of India's delegation at the WTO Ministerial Conferences held in Marrakesh (1994), Seattle (1999) and Doha (2001).

    Ambassador Kumar also has strategic understanding of India's ties with some of her key neighbours such as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives. He oversaw India's ties with these countries as Joint Secretary and Head of the Division at the Ministry of External Affairs.

    Ambassador Kumar's specialization thus includes: diplomatic practice & foreign policy, strategic partnerships with India's neighbours, multilateral negotiations especially trade negotiations, climate change and globalization.

    Ambassador Kumar holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and a Doctorate (Ph.D) from Sciences Po University, Paris.

    Ambassador Kumar is Professor of Diplomatic Practice at the Jindal School of International Affairs, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, India since August 2017. He is also Dean at the University, dealing with International Affairs and Global Initiatives.

    Ambassador Kumar is author of a book entitled “Negotiation Dynamics of the WTO: An Insider’s Account”, published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018).

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