Invited Speakers

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  • Jean H. LEE

    Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    U.S.A.

    Parallel Session 1

    Jean H. LEE

    Senior Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
    U.S.A.

    Jean H. LEE is a journalist and analyst who opened the first and only U.S. news bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea. She currently serves as co-host of The Lazarus Heist podcast for the BBC World Service and as a senior fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

    As a journalist, Lee led the Associated Press news agency’s coverage of the Korean Peninsula as bureau chief from 2008 to 2013. In 2011, she became the first American reporter granted extensive access on the ground in North Korea, and in January 2012, she opened AP’s Pyongyang bureau. Lee has made dozens of extended reporting trips to North Korea, visiting farms, factories, schools, military academies and homes in the course of her exclusive coverage across the country.

    Lee holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Columbia University. She worked as a reporter for the Korea Herald in Seoul, South Korea, before being posted with AP to Baltimore; Fresno, Calif.; San Francisco; New York; London; Seoul, South Korea, and Pyongyang, North Korea. Reporting assignments took her across Europe, North America and Asia.

    After leaving AP, Lee joined the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, as a fellow, then as director of the Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. She is currently a senior fellow with the Wilson Center.

    Lee has served as a CNN contributor, and provides analysis and commentary to a wide range of global media outlets. She appears in the National Geographic series “Inside North Korea” as well PBS’ “Dictator’s Playbook” and Netflix’s “How to Become a Tyrant.”

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  • LEE Youngsung

    Professor, Department of Environmental Planning, Seoul National University
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 2

    LEE Youngsung

    Professor, Department of Environmental Planning, Seoul National University
    Republic of Korea

    Youngsung Lee got his Ph.D. at Cornell University in the field of City and Regional Planning in 2001. After working at Chungang University from 2003 to 2006, he moved to Seoul National University. As a professor at Seoul National University, his interests cover ‘Urban and Regional Economics’, ‘Infrastructure Planning’, ‘Smart City Planning’, and ’Unification of Koreas and City Planning’. Recently, his interests have been focused on disruptive changes of urban economic structure due to technology revolution. He was Senior Editor of ‘International Journal of Urban Science(SSCI)’ from 2017-2019. He has served for several presidential committee in the fields of sustainability and population policies. He has been trying to apply his research achievements to the future common prosperity of the two Koreas.

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  • LEE In-young

    Minister, Ministry of Unification
    Republic of Korea

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    LEE In-young

    Minister, Ministry of Unification
    Republic of Korea

    LEE In-young currently serves as Minister of Unification of the Republic of Korea.
    In 1987, LEE was the Chairperson of the 20th Student Council of Korea University as well as the inaugural Chairperson of the National Council of Student Representatives, which was South Korea's biggest college students' organization. He started his political career in 1999 at the Millennium Democratic Party (MDP).
    LEE was elected to the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea in 2004, 2012, 2016 and 2020, and was elected Member of the Supreme Council of the Democratic Party in 2010 and 2012. He served as the Chairperson of the Special Committee on Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation of the National Assembly in 2018 and the 20th Floor Leader of the Democratic Party in 2019.
    In July 2020, LEE was nominated as Minister of Unification in the Moon Jae-in government. 

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  • LEE Chanwoo

    Associate Professor, Contemporary Business Department, Teikyo University
    Japan

    Parallel Session 1

    LEE Chanwoo

    Associate Professor, Contemporary Business Department, Teikyo University
    Japan

    Chanwoo Lee, is an Associate Professor at Teikyo University in Tokyo. In 1998 and 1999 before going to Japan, he was a member of the Central Committee of the National Unification Advisory Council of south Korea, which is a constitutional institution to advise the President on the formulation of peaceful unification policy. After coming to Japan, he has experienced careers at ERINA as a visiting researcher in Niigata. He is also working as a Specially Appointed Fellow at Japan Center for Economic Research in Tokyo. He is an author of articles and research papers on Korea Peninsula issue including economic cooperation among northeast Asian region, for example, Northeast Asia Policies of South and North Korea, Changing Economic Map in the Northeast Asia,( 2017), and book of Cooperation with North Korea`s Economy(2019).

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  • LEE Hee-Ok

    Professor, Political Science and Diplomacy, Sungkyunkwan University
    Republic of Korea

    Parallel Session 2

    LEE Hee-Ok

    Professor, Political Science and Diplomacy, Sungkyunkwan University
    Republic of Korea

    Lee Hee-Ok currently serves as a Professor of Political Science and Diplomacy and Director of the Sungkyun Institute of China Studies at Sungkyunkwan University. In academia, he served as President of the Korean Association of Contemporary China Studies, and is vice president of the Korean Political Science Association. He also serves as an advisor to the inter-Korean summit at Blue House, a member of the Inter-Korean Relations Development Committee, a policy advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Unification, Seoul Metropolitan Government, and a standing member of the The National Unification Advisory Council. He is a board member of the Sejong Institute and the Northeast Asian History Foundation. In China, he is a chair and professor at Jilin University, Tongji University, Tianjin University of Foreign Studies, and Capital Normal University. He has served as a special inviting professor at Japan's Nagoya University, a visiting scholar at Washington University and Ocean University of China. He received a Ph.D from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and studied and lectured at University of Hong Kong, Peking University before and after this period. He has published several books such as , , and . He won the 2017 Academic Award from NEAR Foundation. 

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